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Summary

  1. Man City move up to third with Spurs in second
  2. Aguero chipped in from close range after Sterling's pass
  3. Sane gets City's second in comfortable win for visitors
  4. Defoe hit the post with long-range effort in the first half
  5. Striker also had goal disallowed for offside

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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See you Monday

Right, remember to tune in with us a little later on for Garth's team of the week, and we shall see you Monday night.

'Sergio was brilliant'

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking about goalscorer Sergio Aguero on Sky Sports: "I am happy and was very pleased with display of Sergio. When a huge player is left out people ask, "Why? Why? Why?".

"In the future I want to involve both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio when they’re fit. Sergio helped us a lot in our game and in the build up. It was brilliant."

Monday Monday

West Ham v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

The leaders have been able to sit back and watch their rivals in action all weekend, and now Chelsea can go back 10 points clear at the top with a win on their first visit to London Stadium on Monday night.

Alternatively, West Ham could beat the leaders for only the third time in 22 Premier League games to motor into the top half.

As ever, we'll bring you all the action. 

'We're not panicking'

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Sunderland

Sunderland manager David Moyes speaking to BBC Sport:  "I don't think you can fault the players for any of that. We lacked quality at times though. They did all they could to try to get something out of the game."

On the team:  "When you're in it every day you see the levels go up. We've got games coming up - we don't have to show it, we have to do it.

"We tried to make chances. The one that hits the post and comes out maybe that'll hit the inside of the post and go in next time.

"I hope our players understand the position that we're in, but we're not panicking."

'I don't want City to defend 2-0 up'

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Manchester City

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to BBC Sport:

"We are so happy. We played good. We expected aggression and intensity. It was a very good first goal. It was important to go into half-time 1-0 up. If they were winning with the amazing atmosphere it would have been difficult.

"Leroy Sane is every day getting better. He has gaps to improve but he's only 21. He's an intelligent guy and a very nice guy. We are here to help him become what he can be.

"We were passing the ball between ourselves in the last 25 minutes. I don't like to defend a result and be near our box. It is OK if you're 3-0 or 4-0 up but not 2-0."

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'They gave everything' says David Moyes, it's a familiar tale from the Sunderland boss.

Full reaction to come. 

The pass master

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City

David Silva
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David Silva has provided 62 assists in the Premier League since his debut, at least 11 more than any other player in that time (Wayne Rooney, 51).

Yaya is very happy

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Manchester City

Yaya Touer
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure:  "We are very happy with the display. Sunderland made us suffer in the first half. Against the teams that are fighting it's difficult.

"In the first half they had more corner kicks than us. With the quality players we have we started to move the ball about. It was quite close and we got lucky today."

'We have to keep plugging away'

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Sunderland

Jordan Pickford
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Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford:  "I think if we score that goal when Jerman Defoe hits the post it would have been a different game. As a unit we kept going and kept working hard as a team after they scored that second goal.

"We have to keep going and grinding out results. We're a strong unit on and off the pitch - we just have to keep plugging and getting the results."

'We believe'

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Manchester City

David Slva
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Manchester City midfielder David Silva: "We have to believe. We know the last two or three months are the most important part of season. We’re in a good moment." 

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Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford felt that the opening goal just before half time changed the game.

The 22-year-old will go far, he made five saves this afternoon. 

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James Stringer: I think that's it as far as Sunderland are concerned. Though they always surprise, I don't think they have it this year!   

Daniel Heel: Sunderland couldn't score against a team where 3 of the back 4 are over 30, and the other is John Stones. Toothless?   

What next for City?

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The rest of March remains a full-on assault for Manchester City.

They have their game in hand against Stoke at home on Wednesday before an FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough and the second leg of their blockbusting Champions League tie against Monaco.

Then a game which could be crucial for Champions League qualification - they face Liverpool on 19 March. 

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'Pep getting his message across'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Pep is on the pitch now coaching John Stones. He will look through the entirety of the team and believe he is getting his message through. He will be absolutely delighted with what he has seen. Other than defending corners or free-kicks, which were awful, there were no weaknesses.

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40,000+ fans have emptied the Stadium of Light before Manchester City's players have left the pitch. Impressive.

Sunderland play Burnley, Watford and Leicester in their next three games. They need to win them.

Jermaine Defoe
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Viv: Good game from City, could/should have scored more. Sunderland just don't have enough quality to play better.  

Agubata Odinaka: I think in the heads of the Sunderland players, they have already been relegated. It's all a formality now.  

'A class apart'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Sunderland worked really hard in the first half but in the simplest terms Manchester City are a class apart. They played well today but they could have played incredibly if they wanted to.

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola must find it hard to enjoy a win. His side had 67% possession and won 2-0 to go up to third, but he's on the pitch giving David Silva extensive feedback. He then takes Willy Caballero to one side for a one-to-one. Full marks from me for making the City playesr go to applaud the travelling support though. 

FULL-TIME

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Sergio Aguero ends the game on his knees after almost scoring a third right at the end. He took a whack but is OK - his opener helps City to another good win. 

Sergio Aguero
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CLOSE!

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Kevin de Bruyne plays an intricate one-two on the edge of the area, he fires in a low shot/cross and that man Jordan Pickford is well placed once more to push it away from danger. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Leroy Sane - superb today - is off and Fabian Delph makes his fifth Premier League appearance of the season. 

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It is hard for Sunderland now. Massive gaps opening up and if that happens, you have no chance.

GREAT SAVE!

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Exceptional save. A big left hand from Jordan Pickford, diving full stretch to claw away a shot from Sergio Aguero. A big future. 

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The game has been down at walking pace for 20 minutes or so but Nolito is still on full beam. He wants a goal and cracks a drive right at Jordan Pickford. 

CLOSE!

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Leroy Sane on the right now since Nolito came on, he feeds Kevin de Bruyne on the edge of the d and his shot slips just over the top.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Jermain Defoe heads in! Offside.

Manchester City have not convinced at all when defending set-pieces, they all ran out to meet the corner and it works as Defoe is off when he nods the ball back in.

At the other end Sergio Aguero whistles a 20-yarder at Jordan Pickford. 

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

I am not going to complain about Sunderland fans leaving now. They have suffered a lot this season.

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Jay: Man City aren't far away from being champion material. All they need to do is fire Pep & bring in Wenger - not an Arsenal fan   

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Billy Jones has been brilliant today, absolutely superb, defensively very good. Sane has beaten him once and scored a goal, what do you think will be on the highlights today? That is the sadness of a defender.

SUBSTITUTION

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More movement on the bench as Nolito replaces Raheem Sterling. It's more pace and guile up front, and the cue for many more Sunderland fans to leave.

On comes Wahbi Khazri too, for Adnan Januzaj. 

Leroy Sane
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The fight for survival, and the fight for one of the coveted top four spots, promises to be as intriguing as ever this year. Sunderland need points fast though to stay in the fight. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Just what you need to see when you're bottom of the league and 2-0 down. On comes Kevin de Bruyne for Yaya Toure. 

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Manchester City have made 286 more passes than their opponents so far this afternoon. Some painful chasing in midfield. 

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Ndivhuwo Tshishonga: If Leroy Sane continues on this trajectory,I'm afraid he's gonna be a force 2 be reckoned with in the near future.What a player   

Love of Football: If this City outfit sort out that defence and with Jesus to come back in they will be awesome an envious arsenal fan  

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Leroy Sane is in again, turning Lamine Kone inside out and getting a hot away from right on the touchline. Jordan Pickford makes the save. 

Sane has got four caps for Germany. He'll get plenty more. 

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Almost a training session for periods now as Sunderland can't get near the ball. Leroy Sane takes 10 yards out of John O'Shea to power into the area and Jordan Pickford does really well to clear it out. 

SUBSTITUTION

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Jack Rodwell comes on against his former club, replacing Darron Gibson, before Yaya Toure lashes a shot over the bar. 

'Chasing shadows'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It is hard for Sunderland now. If they push forward, they will get picked off, so they are trying to choose their times to push forward.

Sunderland have worked hard, they have not played really badly but they have been chasing shadows for large periods of the game.

CLOSE!

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City break through Raheem Sterling but Yaya Toure can't supply the right pass, and then it's the hosts who go close as Adnan Januzaj stretches to loop a header wide.