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Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland

Frank Lampard is congratulated by his Manchester City team-mates after scoring the winner against Sunderland
Frank Lampard has now scored five Premier League goals for Manchester City
  • Man City unbeaten in 11 league games
  • City start without goalkeeper Joe Hart
  • Sunderland one win in 10 league games
  • Black Cats three points above drop zone

Substitute Frank Lampard headed a dramatic winner as Manchester City defeated Sunderland to go joint top of the Premier League with Chelsea.

A sublime 22-yard strike by Yaya Toure and Stevan Jovetic's clever close-range finish put City firmly in control.

But the hosts conceded a two-goal lead for the second game in a row as Jack Rodwell's header and Adam Johnson's penalty levelled the scores.

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Man City 3-2 Sunderland: Manuel Pellegrini says goals were beautiful

Lampard secured victory with a well-placed header from Gael Clichy's cross.

The former Chelsea player, available after City extended his stay until the end of the season from New York City, could have had a hat-trick in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch as City finished strongly.

City's seventh league home win saw them join Chelsea on 46 points. The Blues were beaten 5-3 at Tottenham in the later game.

Manuel Pellegrini's side dominated the early exchanges but ended the first half goalless and frustrated after some disciplined Sunderland defending.

The Black Cats were content to sit back and soak up City pressure, yet for all their dominance, the hosts were unable to make it count.

Costel Pantilimon was forced into just two serious saves before the interval on his return to the club he left last summer after only seven Premier League starts in three years.

The Romanian, who had more touches than any other Sunderland player in the opening 45 minutes, beat away David Silva's 20-yard strike in the 31st minute before keeping out Toure's long-range attempt seven minutes later.

At the other end, Willy Caballero, starting in place of the rested Joe Hart, enjoyed a quiet return to action until producing a fine save to keep out Sebastian Larsson's curling 41st minute free-kick.

It required something spectacular for City to make the breakthrough, Toure's sublime strike from just outside the area giving Pantilimon no chance.

Shoot!
Manchester City had 12 shots on target against Sunderland. No team has managed more in a Premier League game this season.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0, Jovetic marking his return to the side with a clever flick from Clichy's ball into the Sunderland area.

But just as they did at the weekend against Burnley, the hosts undid their hard work by conceding two quick goals - both scored by former City players.

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Man City 3-2 Sunderland: We were too open - Gus Poyet

Rodwell reduced the deficit with a firm header from a 68th-minute corner before Johnson levelled from the spot three minutes later after Billy Jones was clipped by Pablo Zabaleta.

Yet Sunderland were level for just two minutes, Lampard heading home Clichy's cross to put City ahead again.

Lampard was twice denied by Pantilimon in the closing minutes while the Sunderland keeper also kept out Jesus Navas and Ferandinho in an exciting finish.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "There wasn't much in the game until that incredible goal by Yaya Toure.

"The game opened up after that and when you open up against Manchester City you know anything can happen. Our keeper made two or three great saves to keep us in the game, but it wasn't to be.

"There is disappointment because of the way we played after scoring the second goal."

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure celebrates scoring against Sunderland
Yaya Toure has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances
Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic scores against Sunderland
Stevan Jovetic now has two goals and three assists in three Premier League appearances against Sunderland
Manchester City v Sunderland
Jack Rodwell's only previous Premier League goal this season was against Manchester United
Manchester City v Sunderland
There were five goals in 16 minutes and 12 seconds of play at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard has scored nine Premier League goals against Sunderland

Line-ups

Man City

  • 13Caballero
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 71mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forMilnerat 90'minutes
  • 8NasriBooked at 51minsSubstituted forKolarovat 85'minutes
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forLampardat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 7Milner
  • 11Kolarov
  • 12Sinclair
  • 18Lampard
  • 38Boyata

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27VerginiSubstituted forCoatesat 78'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5BrownBooked at 88mins
  • 2JonesBooked at 17mins
  • 8Rodwell
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forÁlvarezat 65'minutes
  • 7LarssonBooked at 34mins
  • 14Jordi GómezSubstituted forGiaccheriniat 58'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 10Wickham

Substitutes

  • 9Fletcher
  • 12Cabral
  • 17Altidore
  • 20Álvarez
  • 22Coates
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 25Mannone
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
45,367

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home32
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2.

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

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

Foul by Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces David Silva.

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

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

Booking

Wes Brown (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Samir Nasri.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

Offside, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini tries a through ball, but Ricardo Álvarez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastián Coates replaces Santiago Vergini because of an injury.

Offside, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini tries a through ball, but Adam Johnson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

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

Penalty conceded by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Sunderland. Billy Jones draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Stevan Jovetic.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 1. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

goal

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