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Michael Turner is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Michael Turner. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Mario Balotelli, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Vieira.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Vieira.
Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
The ball is swung over by Boudewijn Zenden.
Patrick Vieira is given a yellow card. Boudewijn Zenden fouled by Patrick Vieira, the ref awards a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden takes the free kick.
Headed effort from inside the area by Ahmed Elmohamady misses to the left of the goal.
Ryan McGivern challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden takes the free kick.
Shaun Wright-Phillips crosses the ball, Close range effort by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the goal.
Carlos Tevez challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Asamoah Gyan, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, Patrick Vieira makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from left channel, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.
Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on in place of David Silva.
Ryan McGivern takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Welbeck.
Jack Colback has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Sunderland.
Outswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line.
Jack Colback is brought on as a substitute for Sulley Muntari.
Dedryk Boyata goes off and Ryan McGivern comes on.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Shot from just outside the box by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the target.
Patrick Vieira grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 4-0 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Joleon Lescott.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line.
Patrick Vieira joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Johnson.
David Silva finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Sunderland.Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner. The assist for the goal came from Mario Balotelli.
Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Nigel De Jong. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. David Silva takes the direct free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Henderson.
Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Adam Johnson. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross.
Adam Johnson decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken by Sulley Muntari, Joe Hart makes a save.
Sulley Muntari takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Mario Balotelli makes a clearance.
Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Sulley Muntari restarts play with the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
Phillip Bardsley leaves the field to be replaced by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Dedryk Boyata results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Vincent Kompany. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
The ball is swung over by David Silva, Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Asamoah Gyan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Aleksandar Kolarov is cautioned. Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Sulley Muntari from right wing, clearance by Nigel De Jong.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
The referee books John Mensah for unsporting behaviour. John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Adam Johnson takes the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Phillip Bardsley challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Michael Turner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by John Mensah. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Phillip Bardsley. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The referee gives a free kick against Sulley Muntari for handball. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.
Phillip Bardsley receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Phillip Bardsley results in a Penalty. Placed penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 2-0 Sunderland.
David Silva fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
Lee Cattermole challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
The offside flag is raised against Danny Welbeck. Nigel De Jong takes the indirect free kick.
Adam Johnson fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Danny Welbeck. Free kick taken by Dedryk Boyata.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Foul by Sulley Muntari on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Jordan Henderson takes a short corner.
Michael Turner challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Mancini confident over future
Roberto Mancini is not convinced he will be sacked by Manchester City if they fail to finish in the top four.
The Blues ambitious owners laid down a top-four spot as the target for this season, in addition to an end to the club's 35-year trophy drought.
Although there have been a number of setbacks along the way, City remain on course to achieve both objectives.
Mancini's men head into the weekend fixtures in fourth, four points ahead of Tottenham, who have a game in hand and are still to visit Eastlands in what looks like a crucial encounter on May 10.
In addition, City have a mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United at Wembley on April 16 ahead of them.
So, despite his enormous #150million outlay on new players, Mancini feels his contract will be honoured.
"It is very important that we reach our targets but I don't know whether my future is dependent on me finishing in the top four," he said. "I don't think so. I have a three-year contract.
"In any case, we don't want to finish fourth. We want to finish third."
That aspiration took a massive hit when City lost at Chelsea immediately before the international break.
Since then they have lost defensive duo Jerome Boateng and Micah Richards to injury, leaving Mancini in a quandary about who to select at right-back for Sunday's Eastlands showdown with Sunderland as normal choice, Pablo Zabaleta, is visiting his ill father in Argentina.
However, as City's Europa League exit to Dynamo Kiev leaves them to tackle only one game a week for the remainder of the season, Mancini views the current picture as being far healthier than the one his players were slogging through during the depths of winter.
"For two months we played every three days with 14 players," said Mancini. "That is very hard for every team, not just us."
Sunderland midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has warned his team-mates they will have underachieved if they do not secure a top-10 finish this season.
Just a few weeks ago the Black Cats were being considered genuine candidates for European qualification after spending much of the first half of the campaign in and around the top six.
However, their recent slump in form, coupled with the recoveries staged by the likes of Liverpool and Everton, have seen them slip to ninth.
Steve Bruce's men have taken just one point from their last six league games, a tough run which has seen them face Chelsea, Stoke, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool.
But after the trip to Manchester City, they will end the campaign with seven fixtures against more modest opposition, on paper at least.
Zenden said: "It's all that tight that everything is possible. It's nice to be up there during the season, but we have always said it's more important to be there at the end of the season.
"If you look at a team like Everton, who were struggling at the beginning, and where they are now, even Liverpool for example, it definitely is important where you finish.
"If you have got eight games to go, you have got a lot to play for. But it is time to step up and start picking up the points.
"Obviously, you set your targets. Target one has always been finishing in the top 10 and, if you look at the team we have got, that's definitely something that we should achieve.
"If we don't we have underachieved because last week we only had five or six players left because everyone was gone with the internationals, and that means you have got quality in your squad.
"With that quality comes certain expectations, and one of those is definitely finishing in the top 10. That's what we should still aim for and start picking up the points."
Bruce's injury troubles are gradually receding and Fraizer Campbell and Michael Turner have both been added to the squad after lengthy absences.
City thrash Black Cats
Manchester City moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Sunderland at Eastlands.
Adam Johnson, making his first start since injuring his ankle in January, opened the scoring in the ninth minute and skipper Carlos Tevez doubled the Blues' advantage on the quarter-hour mark from the penalty spot.
Second-half strikes from David Silva, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure completed the rout as City leapfrogged Chelsea in the table and moved further clear of fifth-placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League football.
Roberto Mancini's side are now six points ahead of Spurs, who do have a game in hand.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have gone seven league games without a victory and need rapid improvement if they are to avoid being dragged into the relegation dogfight.
With Tevez fit again having missed City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago with a groin problem, Mancini opted to pair the Argentina forward with Mario Balotelli and drop Edin Dzeko to the bench.
Additionally boosted by the return of Johnson, it was a positive-looking team selection which quickly paid dividends, the hosts making a lively start to the game before taking the lead nine minutes in.
Playing a one-two with Toure down the right, Sunderland-born Johnson received the return pass in the box, controlled the ball and then lashed it past Black Cats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Six minutes later Tevez latched on to a lofted ball from Silva and burst into the area, where he was brought down by Phil Bardsley.
Referee Howard Webb booked Bardsley and awarded a penalty which Tevez took himself.
Mignolet dived the right way and appeared to get a hand to the effort but it squeezed in off the upright and City were cruising.
They were on the offensive again soon after, Bardsley getting in a block to divert Tevez's strike behind for a corner.
A Michael Turner handball earned City a free-kick which Aleksandar Kolarov could only send wide of the post.
Balotelli then tried his luck after being teed up by Tevez but Mignolet saved the attempt.
Sunderland were showing little sign of getting themselves back into the match but had a rare shot at goal in the 37th minute when Asamoah Gyan sent in an effort from outside the box which dropped narrowly wide.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce replaced Bardsley with Ahmed Elmohamady at half-time but City were soon threatening again after the restart.
Silva played a deft chip into the box and Johnson was there to shoot against Mignolet, although he was incorrectly adjudged to be offside.
Balotelli then drove into the area and brought a save out of Mignolet, before City's third goal arrived.
Tevez ran on to a long ball from Nigel de Jong and squared for Balotelli, whose shot ricocheted off Turner, allowing Silva to tuck home from close range.
Johnson was then taken off for Vieira, which swiftly looked like a stroke of genius on Mancini's part.
A minute after his introduction, the Frenchman was on the scoresheet, getting on the end of a Kolarov cross which deflected off Joleon Lescott.
Mignolet clawed Vieira's effort away but the goal was given and replays showed the ball had indeed crossed the line.
Having conceded twice in four minutes, Sunderland looked utterly deflated and after Balotelli had stung Mignolet's palms, it came as little surprise when City scored their fifth.
Lee Cattermole lost his bearings and gave the ball straight to Toure, who gleefully dispatched it over Mignolet and in.
Shaun Wright-Phillips came on for Silva and provided a cross for Tevez, who put the ball the wrong side of the post.
Elmohamady summed up Sunderland's afternoon when he rose unmarked in the box but sent his header off target, and Balotelli almost made it 6-0 in stoppage time with a free-kick that Mignolet tipped over.
It made for an interesting afternoon's entertainment for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was watching from the stands and will pit his side against City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley later this month.
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