City Sees Off a Spirited Sunderland to Clinch Capital One Cup

Manchester City fought back from a goal down to beat Sunderland 3-1 and clinch the Capital One Cup at the Wembley stadium on Sunday.

Fabio Borini gave the ‘Black Cats’ the lead in the 10th minute but Yaya Toure’s stunning second-half close range strike leveled matters for the Mancunians.

Samir Nasri gave City the lead few minutes later before Jesus Navas added a third in injury time.

It is City’s first trophy under their Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini and they were resolute to avoid any repeat of last season’s FA Cup final loss to Wigan.

Manchester City Clinches Capital One Cup.
Manchester City Clinches Capital One Cup.

Liverpool loanee, Borini, gave Gus Poyet’s men a dream start when he chased a ball over the top and, evading Vincent Kompany; poked a low shot into the corner of the ner with the outside of his boot.

Ivory Coast international Toure equalised for Pellegrini’s men on 55 minutes, curling a stunning shot from 30 yards into the top-left corner.

Nasri placed Pellegrini’s men in the ascendancy with a sublime finish from the edge of the box before substitute, Navas, fired in at the near post from a Toure assist.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: “We gave it a go, but the chance to score a second goal, maybe that was the difference. We knew everything had to go for us, we knew it. Yaya Toure scored a wonder goal, Samir Nasri scored an incredible goal too. We did everything we could.

“That’s the best part of what we are all about. To beat us they had to score two wonder goals. I hate losing but I’m proud of the players.

“If we do this every week I’m sure we will stay in the Premier League and will come back to Wembley [in the FA Cup].”

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “I’m very happy. The team deserve this cup because we played well during the whole cup and scored a lot of goals. It’s important for all of us – for the players, the club, for me, for the staff – all of us.

“Sunderland play a good match also and we didn’t move the ball as fast as we needed [in the first half] but in the second half we scored two beautiful goals and had the patience to wait for the moment.”