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Sunderland v City: Fans' favourite

  • 01 February 2016 11:56
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Ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash, we asked fans on Twitter to choose their favourite of four recent encounters at the Stadium of Light…

It was a landslide victory for this game so, without further ado, here is your favourite away game against Sunderland in recent years…

Sunderland 1 City 4, 3 December 2014

City were looking to continue their good form of late, having won the previous three games including the late victory against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

On the other hand, Sunderland hadn’t won at home in two months with their last victory coming on 4 October against Stoke.

City’s last win at the Stadium of Light was six years before when the Blues beat the Black Cats 3-0 in August 2008 and had lost the last four games by a score of 1-0 at Sunderland’s home ground.

They were fears the jinx could happen again when Connor Wickham opened the scoring in the 19th minute, but they were soon dismissed when Sergio Aguero levelled just two minutes later with a fantastic finish after nutmegging Sebastian Coates.

Aguero then turned provider for Stevan Jovetic to slam home shortly before half-time to give City the advantage at the break.

City’s third was another that oozed class as Samir Nasri showed great footwork before playing in Pablo Zabaleta, who deftly lifting the ball over former City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon before celebrating his father-to-be status.

Aguero then notched his second of the game in the 71st minute to complete the scoring and seal their fourth win in a row, a streak that lasted nine games until the end of 2014.

Match Highlights

Starting XIs

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, O'Shea, Coates, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Buckley, Wickham (Alvarez 66), Fletcher (Altidore 55)

Unused subs: Bridcutt, Brown, Cabral, Gomez, Mannone

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Boyata, Demichelis, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri (Pozo 83), Jovetic (Milner 56), Aguero (Lampard 74), Navas

Unused subs: Caballero, Angelino, Fernando, Sagna

Key Moments

5’ – Early chance for City but Jovetic can’t turn the ball past Pantilimon from Jesus Navas’ cross.

6’ – Former City midfielder Jack Rodwell tries his luck from the edge of the area, Zabaleta is there to clear the danger.

19’ – GOAL – Sunderland take the lead after Connor Wickham prods the ball past Joe Hart.

21’ – GOAL! – City are back on level terms immediately as Aguero slams home after an exquisite piece of skill to get past Coates.

38’ – GOAL! – City take the lead for the first time in the game through Jovetic, who rifles the ball home from an outrageous assist from Aguero.

45+1’ – Fernandinho shows great awareness to clear almost on the line from Rodwell’s header.

54 – GOAL! – It’s a third for City as Zabaleta adds his name to the scores sheet with a deft chip over Pantilimon!

71’ – Four for City! Aguero adds his second of the evening with a first time finish from James Milner’s low cross.

82’ – A special moment in the career of Jose Angel Pozo as he comes on for Nasri to make his Premier League debut.

Man of the Match

Sergio Aguero

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Reaction

“City produced a display that oozed class as jinx team Sunderland were (at last) put to the sword at the Stadium of Light.

“Despite falling behind, two goals in each half from Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, Pablo Zabaleta and Aguero again secured a mesmerising 4-1 win for the champions who sent out a powerful message to the rest of the Premier League that the title race is well and truly on.” David Clayton, Manchester City

“Everyone talks about Sergio Aguero getting back to his best - but what if we haven't even seen his best yet? The turn and run just before half time was Lionel Messi-esque (even if the finish wasn't). We all know his goal record is phenomenal, but that surge suggested another level of performance. Let's see how good he can really get.” Paul Handler, Manchester Evening News

“With Sergio Agüero at his ruthless best and Yaya Touré further deconstructing theories that he could be a fading force, Manchester City were irresistible.

“At times their football, frequently fast and one-touch, was so mesmerising they threatened to pass Gus Poyet’s team off the pitch but the worrying thing for future opponents is that Sunderland scored first and were far from meek.” Louise Taylor, Guardian

“There will be a title race after all. Manchester City, the champions, delivered a timely statement in the north-east tonight, clinically dismantling a team who had proved problematic for the previous four seasons. They were not allowed to be last night. City were that good, and Sergio Aguero was once more outstanding.” Martin Hardy, Independent

“Sergio Aguero produced two goals, a breathtaking assist, and a nutmeg, as he carried City to victory again. The Argentina striker took his tally for the season to 19 in 20 games this season, and is staking an early claim to be player of the season. He hauled champions City back from a goal down, leaving Sunderland defenders looking leaden with his nimble skill.” Simon Bird, Mirror

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