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Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

Connor Wickham scores for Sunderland

Manchester City suffered a serious blow to their Premier League title ambitions as they were held to a draw by bottom club Sunderland.

City gained a second-minute lead with Fernandinho's powerful effort, but went behind as Connor Wickham scored twice in quick succession after the break.

With two minutes left, Black Cats goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled Samir Nasri's fierce strike into his own net.

Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland: Manuel Pellegrini says draw is 'not enough'

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Man City 2-2 Sunderland: Manuel Pellegrini says draw is 'not enough'

City are six points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind Chelsea.

They could have been even further adrift of the top two because Manuel Pellegrini's team were fortunate to earn their late equaliser, as Mannone agonisingly let Nasri's shot slip out of his grasp.

Nasri then went close to snatching a winner in the 90th minute, but his anguished reaction showed how his team's prospects have now changed.

City's hopes of repeating their Premier League success of 2012 now rely on both Liverpool and Chelsea slipping up during the final weeks of the season.

The draw was just as unsatisfactory for Sunderland, who were the better team for large periods of the game, and missed out on a chance to further close the gap on their relegation rivals.

Gus Poyet's side are six points from safety with a game in hand on the three teams above them - Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich - and the Sunderland boss will curse the way his team let victory slip.

The Black Cats have been on a wretched run of form since they lost to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final on 2 March, having taken one point from their last six league games before this match.

But they arrived at this re-arranged fixture with a decent record against City and, despite the early opener, created several good chances throughout the game.

Had John O'Shea hit the target from two close-range headers or Fabio Borini squared the ball to one of two better-placed team-mates the picture could have looked very different before half-time.

Coming three days after an energy-sapping defeat at title rivals Liverpool, City were without David Silva and struggled for fluency. Yet Fernandinho's fifth goal of the season gave them a lead to defend.

It was a well-worked strike so early in the contest. Alvaro Negredo dispossessed Lee Cattermole and then stepped over Sergio Aguero's pass, allowing the Brazilian midfielder time to fire in at the near post.

Sunderland's Gus Poyet on 'a draw nobody expected' against Man City

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'Draw nobody expected' delights Poyet

Having last won a league game at Newcastle on 1 February, Sunderland did not let the early goal affect them and were spurred on by former City player Adam Johnson.

At times, Sunderland appeared to over-step the mark as Aguero, making his first start since returning from injury, was hacked down by Wes Brown.

After their positive start the Black Cats faded. Pellegrini's side grew in status and Aguero's deflected shot tested Mannone before the Argentine was replaced by Stevan Jovetic.

That all changed when Emanuele Giaccherini came off the bench to inspire the visitors.

First, he crossed for Wickham, who tucked in at the back post for his first Sunderland league goal since October 2011. The Italian substitute then found the on-rushing English striker as he beat Joe Hart at the near post.

Sunderland stood on the verge of a famous win, but then Mannone clawed at thin air after he failed to grasp Nasri's shot from 12 yards.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 90mins
  • 13Kolarov
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forRodwellat 87'minutes
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 7Milner
  • 14Javi García
  • 9NegredoSubstituted forDzekoat 69'minutes
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forJoveticat 57'minutes
  • 8Nasri

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 10Dzeko
  • 17Rodwell
  • 22Clichy
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 28AlonsoBooked at 65mins
  • 33CattermoleBooked at 89mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 11Johnson
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forGiaccheriniat 68'minutes
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Colback
  • 31BoriniBooked at 32minsSubstituted forScoccoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Altidore
  • 22Ba
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 30Scocco
  • 32Ustari
  • 35Mavrias
  • 42Agnew
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
47,046

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2.

Offside, Sunderland. John O'Shea tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

Booking

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jack Rodwell replaces Fernandinho.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 2. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini following a fast break.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

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

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 1. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Jack Colback (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Ignacio Scocco replaces Fabio Borini.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3424555177
2Chelsea3423654275
3Man City3322565471
4Arsenal3420771867
5Everton3419962166
6Tottenham3418610060
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton3413912548
9Newcastle3414416-1446
10Stoke34111013-1043
11Crystal Palace3412418-1440
12West Ham3410717-937
13Hull3310617-636
14Aston Villa339717-1434
15Swansea348917-533
16West Brom3361512-1133
17Norwich348818-2732
18Fulham349322-4030
19Cardiff347819-3429
20Sunderland336819-2526
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