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Sunderland 1-2 Stoke City

Marc Muniesa scores twice for Sunderland
Stoke have won all three meetings with Sunderland in the League Cup

Marc Muniesa scored twice as Stoke beat last season's finalists Sunderland to reach the Capital One Cup fourth round.

Jozy Altidore swept in his first goal in 30 games to put Sunderland ahead but Muniesa beat keeper Costel Pantilimon at his near post to equalise.

Jack Butland denied Adam Johnson's free-kick before the Stoke goalkeeper tipped behind Will Buckley's shot.

But Muniesa sealed Stoke's progression when he pounced on a loose ball and smashed home late on.

It will be a disappointing exit for Sunderland after such an impressive run last year when they beat Chelsea and Manchester United on the way to March's final, which they lost 3-1 to Manchester City.

They will perhaps feel a little aggrieved, having dominated for large periods, but in the end were undone by two fine strikes.

The home side had made the perfect start, with Altidore, who last scored for Sunderland in a 4-3 defeat by Chelsea last December, giving them the lead with just over 15 minutes gone.

Match facts
Stoke have now reached the fourth round in the League Cup in six of the last seven seasons
Mark Hughes' side are unbeaten in four matches away from home this season
Sunderland have only reached the fourth round four times in the last 12 seasons

The United States striker received a pass on the edge of the area, turned quickly and despatched a low shot into the bottom corner, with Stoke goalkeeper Butland stranded.

Stoke had been gradually improving after Sunderland's opener, and equalised on the half hour when Oussama Assaidi fed a pass to Muniesa, who broke into space inside the box and drove a shot beyond Pantilimon.

From then on the game was wide open, with both sides having chances as Johnson saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Butland while former Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley fizzed a powerful effort just wide for Stoke.

Sunderland scored at least two goals in five of the seven matches they played in the League Cup last season and only a stunning one-handed save from Butland denied them a second in this game as he reacted well to keep out Buckley's goalbound effort.

It was to prove a vital intervention as Muniesa again found himself in space on the left of the Sunderland area and he let fly with a stinging shot that gave Pantilimon no chance.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Muniesa: "Apparently he's only scored about three goals in his whole career, so he has nearly matched it.

"Given his pedigree, we know he's a technically-gifted football player and it doesn't matter where I play him - I have played him centre-half, I have played him left-back, he has probably got the ability to play in midfield as well, but he hasn't had those opportunities.

"But because of his technical ability when he finds himself in different areas of the field, he is able to make the right decisions and affect the game, which is what happened with his goals."

Stoke score at Sunderland
Marc Muniesa's goals were his first and second of the season for Stoke
Sunderland scored first against Stoke through Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore's goal was his first for Sunderland in 30 appearances
Sunderland scored first against Stoke through Jozy Altidore
Sunderland lost 3-1 to Manchester City in the final of last season's League Cup



Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 90mins
  • 27Vergini
  • 2Jones
  • 28CoatesSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 45'minutes
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 8RodwellBooked at 37minsSubstituted forÁlvarezat 76'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forGrahamat 88'minutes
  • 30Buckley
  • 4BridcuttBooked at 90mins
  • 17AltidoreBooked at 90mins


  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Cattermole
  • 7Larsson
  • 18Mavrias
  • 19Graham
  • 20Álvarez
  • 25Mannone


Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Butland
  • 4HuthBooked at 90mins
  • 5Muniesa
  • 17Shawcross
  • 2Bardsley
  • 15N'ZonziBooked at 37mins
  • 16Adam
  • 24AssaidiSubstituted forCrouchat 87'minutes
  • 7Ireland
  • 18Diouf
  • 10ArnautovicBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMosesat 85'minutes


  • 3Pieters
  • 13Moses
  • 21Sidwell
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Stoke City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Stoke City 2.

  3. Booking

    Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

  5. Booking

    Robert Huth (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke City).

  8. Booking

    Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

  13. Post update

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Danny Graham replaces Adam Johnson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Oussama Assaidi.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Victor Moses replaces Marko Arnautovic.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

  18. Post update

    Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).