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Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Sergio Aguero equalises for Manchester City at Sunderland
Sergio Aguero has scored three more Premier League goals than Chelsea's Diego Costa
  • Man City score two goals in each half
  • Aguero takes season's goal tally to 19
  • City remain six points behind leaders Chelsea
  • Sunderland's first defeat in five league games

Sergio Aguero took his Premier League goal tally to 14 with a double as Manchester City overcame Sunderland to make it three straight top-flight wins.

Sunderland went ahead when Connor Wickham fired past Joe Hart while under pressure from Pablo Zabaleta.

But Argentina forward Aguero equalised with a fierce 16-yard finish before Stevan Jovetic fired through former City keeper Costel Pantilimon's legs.

Zabaleta increased the lead with a fine chip before Aguero completed the rout.

Black Cats not at their best - Poyet

City's performance was every bit as convincing as the scoreline suggests, with Manuel Pellegrini's side rejuvenated as they head towards the festive programme with growing belief.

They remain six points behind leaders Chelsea in second place, but the damaging early season blips against Stoke, West Ham and QPR seem a long time ago.

Yet City still insist on doing things the hard way, coming from behind in three of their last four games in league and cup to earn a quartet of victories.

Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on MOTD:
"Sergio Aguero is in scintillating form but he has so much more to offer than goals. You hear players who can't play on their own because they need service. This guy makes most of his chances on his own. The two late goals against Bayern Munich have made a difference because City are back playing close to their best again."

Pellegrini's men had lost 1-0 on their previous four visits to the Stadium of Light and found themselves in familiar territory when Wickham scored in the 19th minute.

The former Ipswich forward controlled Sebastian Larsson's long ball before flicking past Hart while under pressure from Zabaleta.

But Sunderland's lead last two minutes, Aguero equalising for the reigning champions with a spectacular finish from 16-yards that gave Pantilimon no chance.

Aguero then turned provider, accepting Yaya Toure's delicious ball and teeing up Jovetic to fire through Pantilimon's legs after a superb 39th minute move that had Pellegrini applauding on the sidelines.

Aguero in world top five - Pellegrini

Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham had all failed to win at the Stadium of Light this season.

And, although City missed injured captain Vincent Kompany, with Dedryck Boyata making his first league start for almost 12 months, they went on to secure victory.

Full-back Zabaleta made it 3-1 with a superb chip over Pantilimon after a lovely pass by Samir Nasri.

Sunderland had won plaudits for a gritty performance that earned a point against Chelsea last Saturday and were lively again.

But there were no heroics from Gus Poyet's side this time, the brilliant Aguero completing the win when he got ahead of Santiago Vergini to side-foot James Milner's ball home.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I can't have too many complaints - they were better than us in every aspect of the game.

"We started well, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special.

"Sometimes you cannot complain too much - they were quicker and they were better technically."

Connor Wickham scores for Sunderland against Manchester City
Connor Wickham has scored two Premier League goals this season
Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Sunderland
Eight of Sergio Aguero's 14 Premier League goals this season have come away from home
Stevan Jovetic celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Sunderland
Stevan Jovetic scored his first Premier League away goal since 29 January
Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring against Sunderland
Pablo Zabaleta's previous Premier League goal before Sunderland came against West Brom on 21 April
Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his second goal against Sunderland
Sergio Aguero (14) has now scored more goals than Sunderland (13) in the Premier League this season



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 22Coates
  • 15Réveillere
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 71mins
  • 10WickhamSubstituted forÁlvarezat 67'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 30Buckley
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forAltidoreat 55'minutes


  • 4Bridcutt
  • 5Brown
  • 12Adilson Cabral
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17Altidore
  • 20Álvarez
  • 25Mannone

Man City

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 38BoyataBooked at 65mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forMilnerat 56'minutes
  • 8NasriSubstituted forPozoat 83'minutes
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forLampardat 74'minutes


  • 3Sagna
  • 6Reges
  • 7Milner
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 69Angelino
  • 78Pozo
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Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamMan City
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Jose Pozo replaces Samir Nasri.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sebastián Coates (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Sergio Agüero.

  16. Post update

    Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner.

  19. Booking

    Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

2Man City1493231141730
4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
12Aston Villa14446818-1016
15Crystal Palace143471823-513
16West Brom143471420-613
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