Manchester city remain in the Capital One Cup after easing past Sunderland 4-1 last night.
City produced a scintillating first half performance and went ahead after Sergio Agüero slotted a 9th minute penalty, following Sebastián Coates’ foul on Jesús Navas. Although Sunderland had a Fabio Borini goal disallowed shortly after Agüero’s penalty, City were rampant after scoring the opener. City’s new acquisition Kevin De Bruyne doubled the Sky Blues lead on the 25th minute with a shot from an acute angle.
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone will be disappointed that he failed to stop De Bruyne’s effort. However he will feel even more aggrieved by the nature of the own goal in which he scored just eight minutes later.
Raheem Sterling made it 4-0 after just 36 minutes as Sunderland collapsed under City’s relentless pressure. The English winger has been heavily criticised for the lack of finesse that he has shown in front of goal, but he opened his body up well on this occasion to plant a curling right-footed shot past the despairing Mannone.
City youngster Patrick Roberts replaced Navas on the 55th minute to gain some much-welcomed first team experience.
The game was well and truly over at half time therefore there was an evident lull in City’s intensity within the second half, although Sunderland did improve.
Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen headed in a consolation goal for Sunderland but it was City that progressed to the fourth round comfortably.