By Rhonda Richards | In General
Manchester City fought back from a goal down to seal a 3-1 win over Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final, securing the first of potentially four pieces of silverware despite an indifferent performance.
The final offered Manuel Pellegrini’s men their first chance of a trophy this season, whilst for Gus Poyet’s squad, they went into the game severe underdogs, though for a large portion of the game they looked capable of a win.
The first chance of the game fell to Sergio Aguero, who saw Vito Mannone save well, but it was the Black Cats who seized the initiative. Lee Cattermole won the box on the edge of his own box, allowing Sebastian Larsson to pick out the advancing Fabio Borini, who held off the challenge of both Vincent Kompany and Martin Dimichelis before firing beyond Costel Pantilimon to make it 1-0.
The noise inside Wembley was deafening as the Sunderland fans erupted, and the goal-scorer was back in action at the other end as he made a crucial defensive header to flick the ball over the bar after a City corner.
Borini was in the thick of it and he raced through on goal again minutes later, but just as he looked to fire one off Kompany made a superb last ditch tackle to clear the ball behind.
In truth, City may have counted themselves fortunate to go in at half-time just a goal down, but you always felt they had goals in them.
And so it turned out soon after the interval. First Yaya Toure curled home a stunner of a goal to make it 1-1, and with Sunderland still reeling, Samir Nasri powered home with the outside of his boot to make it 2-1.
Poyet’s men, and the fans in the stands, were shell-shocked, and they were vulnerable to the counter as they sought an equaliser of their own.
Steven Fletcher, having been introduced to proceedings, should have done better when the ball found its way to him in City’s box, and the game was put to bed a minute later when Pellegrini’s side added a third.
Jesus Navas raced down the right before slotting beyond Mannone, sealing the win and with it the Capital One Cup for City and heartbreak for the Sunderland players and fans.
Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, O’Shea, Brown, Cattermole, Colback, Ki, Larsson, Johnson, Borini.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko.