Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4.
- Man City score two goals in each half
- Aguero takes season's goal tally to 19
- City remain six points behind leaders Chelsea
- Sunderland's first defeat in five league games
Sergio Aguero took his Premier League goal tally to 14 with a double as Manchester City overcame Sunderland to make it three straight top-flight wins.
Sunderland went ahead when Connor Wickham fired past Joe Hart while under pressure from Pablo Zabaleta.
But Argentina forward Aguero equalised with a fierce 16-yard finish before Stevan Jovetic fired through former City keeper Costel Pantilimon's legs.
Zabaleta increased the lead with a fine chip before Aguero completed the rout.
City's performance was every bit as convincing as the scoreline suggests, with Manuel Pellegrini's side rejuvenated as they head towards the festive programme with growing belief.
Yet City still insist on doing things the hard way, coming from behind in three of their last four games in league and cup to earn a quartet of victories.
|Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on MOTD:|
|"Sergio Aguero is in scintillating form but he has so much more to offer than goals. You hear players who can't play on their own because they need service. This guy makes most of his chances on his own. The two late goals against Bayern Munich have made a difference because City are back playing close to their best again."|
Pellegrini's men had lost 1-0 on their previous four visits to the Stadium of Light and found themselves in familiar territory when Wickham scored in the 19th minute.
The former Ipswich forward controlled Sebastian Larsson's long ball before flicking past Hart while under pressure from Zabaleta.
But Sunderland's lead last two minutes, Aguero equalising for the reigning champions with a spectacular finish from 16-yards that gave Pantilimon no chance.
Aguero then turned provider, accepting Yaya Toure's delicious ball and teeing up Jovetic to fire through Pantilimon's legs after a superb 39th minute move that had Pellegrini applauding on the sidelines.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham had all failed to win at the Stadium of Light this season.
And, although City missed injured captain Vincent Kompany, with Dedryck Boyata making his first league start for almost 12 months, they went on to secure victory.
Full-back Zabaleta made it 3-1 with a superb chip over Pantilimon after a lovely pass by Samir Nasri.
Sunderland had won plaudits for a gritty performance that earned a point against Chelsea last Saturday and were lively again.
But there were no heroics from Gus Poyet's side this time, the brilliant Aguero completing the win when he got ahead of Santiago Vergini to side-foot James Milner's ball home.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I can't have too many complaints - they were better than us in every aspect of the game.
"We started well, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special.
"Sometimes you cannot complain too much - they were quicker and they were better technically."
- 6CattermoleBooked at 71mins
- 10WickhamSubstituted forÁlvarezat 67'minutes
- 9FletcherSubstituted forAltidoreat 55'minutes
- 12Adilson Cabral
- 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
- 38BoyataBooked at 65mins
- 42Y Touré
- 35JoveticSubstituted forMilnerat 56'minutes
- 8NasriSubstituted forPozoat 83'minutes
- 16AgüeroSubstituted forLampardat 74'minutes
- Craig Pawson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4.
Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.
Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match (Sunderland).
Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).
Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Jose Pozo replaces Samir Nasri.
Attempt blocked. Sebastián Coates (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.
Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Sergio Agüero.
Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).
Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester City 4. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.