Manchester City 4-1 Sunderland – Premier League – 26th December 2015
Manchester City bounced back from their defeat away to Arsenal on Monday, thrashing struggling Sunderland at the Etihad.
Belgian schemer Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the show for the Citizens, setting up Raheem Sterling after just 12 minutes. Soon after, the hosts were 2-1 up courtesy of a Yaya Touré effort before Wilfried Bony headed home from yet another De Bruyne assist.
Throughout the game, Sunderland defended feebly and the visitors went 3-0 down soon after the break, with De Bruyne deservedly getting on the scoresheet himself. Fabio Borini did get one back for the Black Cats but Sam Allardyce’s side were thoroughly outclassed for large periods of the game.
The win sees City go to within three points of league leaders Leicester, although the sight of captain Vincent Kompany hobbling off soon after coming on as a second-half sub will worry Manuel Pellegrini. As for Sunderland, they stay second from bottom, five points from safety.