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Summary

  1. Man City XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Bony
  2. Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt, M’Vila, Gomez, Johnson, Borini, Graham, Fletcher.

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Sunderland players at full-time
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Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Kevin de Bruyne is announced as man of the match.

It could be no one else...

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Wilfried Bony could have a hat-full.

Again played through by Kevin de Bruyne, his shot is parried away by Vito Mannone.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

City have got this won - they had after 25 minutes - but the big question will be how is Vincent Kompany?

A huge blot on the afternoon at the moment.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Should be 5-1.

Kevin de Bruyne - again - has a curling shot saved by goalkeeper Vito Mannone but striker Wilfried Bony blazes over from close range.

He has to do better.

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@MCFC 4-1 up and Pellegrini brings on @VincentKompany who gets injured again. No need to when 4-1 up. Poor management #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball Vincent kompany, the sturridge of defenders.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Now Sunderland defender John O'Shea is down.

The Black Cats need him...

He is walking freely. Stand down.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Wilfried Bony, what a disappointing penalty. We've seen some really good spot-kicks today but this was not one of them. It was hit way over the bar."

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Bony's pen absolutely atrocious, tries to place in the top corner. Just put your laces through it, lad. #bbcfootball #boxingdayfootball

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Remember that good news Man City fans?

It is now bad news. The Man City skipper limps off just minutes after coming on after eight matches out.

That looks like it could be the calf again.

MISSED PENALTY

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Wilfried Bony looks dejected
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That is horrible.

Kevin de Bruyne wanted to take the penalty, but it is Wilfried Bony who steps up and blazes the ball over the bar.

David Silva earned the penalty after being caught by Seb Coates - it looked to be outside the penalty area.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

There is absolutely no sign of a Sunderland comeback here.

City back on the attack.

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Vincent Kompany
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Big news for Man City fans as Vincent Kompany comes on after eight matches out.

Boy, have you missed him.

Premier League latest scores

We've been experiencing some issues this afternoon with our scores updating. So, just to be clear, here is how things stand in the Premier League:

Latest scores:

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Swansea 1-0 West Brom

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich

Result from earlier:

Stoke 2-0 Man Utd

Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Fabio Borini scores
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City haven't looked convincing defensively and - there you go.

Substitute Lee Cattermole hopelessly mis-hits a shot but it falls into Fabio Borini's stride and, after his first attempt is saved, he converts.

Slight chance? Possibly not, but for eight matches in a row City haven't kept a clean sheet.

GOAL - Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini celebrates
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Man City 4-0 Sunderland

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Kevin de Bruyne has got so many qualities but probably his biggest two are his excellent delivery and he is very cool in front of goal.

"That finish was so composed - he just passed it into the net."

Man City 4-0 Sunderland

Kevin De Bruyne scores
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He just gets better.

Kevin de Bruyne dances towards Sunderland's penalty area, gets a lucky break, as his attempted pass falls back in his stride, and he coolly converts.

The Belgian has been sensational.

GOAL - Man City 4-0 Sunderland

Kevin de Bruyne

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

There have to be a couple more Man City goals in this...

The big question remains whether City can keep a first clean sheet for eight matches.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Same again from City.

Brilliant from Kevin de Bruyne as he flicks the ball into David Silva's path.

The midfielder has a curling effort palmed away by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

KICK-OFF

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Can Sunderland do anything about it?

You would have to think not...

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Before today, Manchester City were unbeaten at home against Sunderland in the top flight for 13 matches spanning 34 years, winning 10, drawing three and scoring 36 goals. 

That looks like being extended...

HALF-TIME

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

That could not be much easier for Manchester City.

They have been brilliant going forward - defensively, not entirely convincing still.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Raheem Sterling looks onside to me. A lot of people have been talking about Sterling needing to time his runs better, but on this occasion he did really well and is onside in my opinion. In line with the last defender."  

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

This is absolutely relentless from Man City.

Every time Kevin de Bruyne gets the ball on the right, you expect a goal.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Almost a third assist for Kevin de Bruyne...

He slips Raheem Sterling through on goal, who finishes with aplomb.

Offside though - just.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Kevin de Bruyne is simply outstanding.

The home fans rise to applaud him as he produces a sublime spin in a tight corner. Comes to nothing, but he already has two assists to his name today...

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Sunderland are getting in behind City...

This time Fabio Borini gets in but his low shot from an angle is easy for goalkeeper Joe Hart.

City don't look great defensively though.

Man City 3-0 Sunderlamd

Steven Fletcher shoots
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A rare Sunderland chance as Steven Fletcher diverts Patrick van Aanholt's low cross over the bar.

At the other end, David Silva dances through Sunderland's defence but strikes inches wide from 20 yards.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Domination? Not half.

City
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Man City 3-0 Sunderland

91% - Manchester City have the best win percentage of any team in the Premier League after taking the lead this season. Banker.

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Things don't look particularly rosy for Sunderland do they?

The team that has been 19th in the Premier League on Christmas Day has gone on to be relegated in each of the last four years.

Where are Sunderland? Yes, 19th... over to you Mr Allardyce.

'Sunderland have let themselves down'

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

"It's disappointing this from Sunderland. It's not acceptable. This form is going to see them relegated. 

"It's another wonderful ball from Kevin de Bruyne but there was no physical challenge on Wilfried Bony. When you play for a Big Sam side, those are the details you work on. So far, Sunderland have let themselves down."

Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Wilfried Bony scores
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Regretting that journey to the Etihad, Sunderland fans?

This could get embarrassing. Kevin de Bruyne floats in a cross from deep and Wilfried Bony is unchallenged to guide the ball home with his head from the penalty spot.

We haven't even hit 25 minutes yet.

GOAL - Man City 3-0 Sunderland

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony celebrates
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Man City 2-0 Sunderland

So close to a lifeline.

Fabio Borini does brilliantly on the right. He twists and turns and finds Danny Graham inside the penalty area.

The Sunderland striker throws himself at the ball and heads just, just wide of the net.

Man City 2-0 Sunderland

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

"Huge credit to Raheem Sterling for the first Manchester City goal. To be able to direct the ball so accurately when the ball had so much pace on it, that is a real skill. 

"On the second goal though, Sunderland just backed off Yaya Toure. I don't think you can have a go at the goalkeeper, but Sam Allardyce will be disappointed with the defending."