Man City 3-3 Sunderland – Nervy Citizens Rescue A Point Against Impressive Black Cats (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

31st, March 2012


By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland – Premier League – 31st March 2012

Faltering title hopefuls Manchester City had to rely on two late goals to salvage a draw at the Etihad on Saturday, against a Sunderland side who produced a superb away performance.

Seb Larsson for the ball rolling for the Black Cats on the half-hour mark, courtesy of a fine finish after good work from Stephane Sessegnon. However, City equalised soon after, after a monumental dive by Edin Dzeko earned his side a penalty (take that Patrick Vieira). Mario Balotelli slotted home the equaliser but on the stroke of half-time, Nicklas Bendtner rose to score a superb header to give the visitors a deserved lead.

City failed to improve in the second-half and it was Sunderland who scored again, with Larsson firing home after excellent play from both Sessegnon and Bendtner.

On 65 minutes Balotelli and Aleksander Kolarov had a very public disagreement over who should take a free-kick but it took until the last five minutes for the Citizens to construct a fight back, with the two players mentioned netting in the 85th and 86th minutes, respectively, to give the home side a barely deserved share of the spoils.

Roberto Mancini’s men will need to stop hemorrhaging vital points if they are to stop their United rivals from securing yet another Premier League title come May.



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  1. Jarren says:

    Bloody hell! Sunderland should have taken all 3 points from that.

    Apart from the pleasing outcome of Man City at last losing some points at the Etihad this season, Sunderland should really have shut up shop to secure all 3 points for themselves.

    Not that I’m bitter, as a Man Utd fan.

    That’s not much to do with it.

    A little, I grant you…

  2. yngwie j. malmsteen says:

    Ah good old Patty Vieira.

    He slams Fergie for bringing back Scholes out of ‘desperation’, Mancini brings back Tevez – out of desperation a few days later.

    He accuses United of getting all the penalty calls – Dzeko dives like a Bale/Biscuits/Suarez/Drogba the following week, and Abu Dhabi get the softest penalty one could imagine.

    I think Vieira should just keep his mouth shut from now on

  3. PC10DaTruth says:

    Does anyone read? He said that ALL big teams get calls. Bring Scholes back was out of desperation. Being Tevez back was out of desperation but when your spending an arm and a leg for him, sure as hell better bring him back.

    Your saying just have Tevez be on a Vacation on Man City tab. Hell no.

    I find it funny that people slam City for dropping points, but when Man Utd does it, its hailed as “spirit of a champion” or some BS like that. City was outclassed, but showed fight to come back.

  4. MUFC says:

    The look on Mancini’s face at 3-1 is priceless. If they can’t win the league, which they have very little chance of doing now, he’ll be out the door quicker than Sven-Göran Eriksson at a secretary convention.

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