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  • Date:31 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:47,007
  • Balotelli - pen (42)
    Balotelli (84) Balotelli (84)
    Kolarov (85)
  • Larsson (30) Bendtner (45) Larsson (54)
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93:53 +3.53

Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, clearance by Craig Gardner.

93:15 +3.15

A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, save made by Simon Mignolet.

92:41 +2.41

David Vaughan on for Lee Cattermole.

90:51 +0.51

Foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.

90:00

David Pizarro takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in. Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

89:04

The ball is crossed by Kolo Toure, Craig Gardner gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by David Pizarro.

88:46 +0.18

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.

88:25

Corner taken short by David Pizarro, clearance by Jack Colback.

87:47

Adam Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on James McClean. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

87:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Stephane Sessegnon. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.

85:49

Goal scored by Aleksandar Kolarov from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-3 Sunderland.David Pizarro provided the assist for the goal.

84:40

Goal scored by Mario Balotelli from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-3 Sunderland.Aleksandar Kolarov provided the assist for the goal.

84:11

Jack Colback concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Adam Johnson.

82:57

Nicklas Bendtner has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

81:51

James McClean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Aleksandar Kolarov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

81:28

Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.

80:20

Unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. (Man City) makes a substitution, with David Pizarro coming on for James Milner. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos coming on for Matthew Kilgallon.

79:55

Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, Aleksandar Kolarov gets a block in.

78:22

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Gardner. Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

77:18

The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Jack Colback. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line.

74:34

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.

73:22

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Adam Johnson gets a block in.

73:04

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.

72:45

James McClean produces a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

71:32

Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, Matthew Kilgallon manages to make a clearance.

71:26

Centre by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, clearance by Matthew Kilgallon.

71:16

The ball is swung over by Kolo Toure, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

71:04

James Milner produces a cross, clearance by Matthew Kilgallon.

70:19

James Milner sends in a cross, Jack Colback gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner.

67:57

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the right-hand upright.

65:40

James McClean takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Matthew Kilgallon, clearance by Kolo Toure. James McClean takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.

63:05

Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov shoots direct from the free kick.

62:58

Centre by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

62:36

A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Jack Colback.

62:21

Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball, blocked by Sebastian Larsson.

60:21

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson to the near post, Craig Gardner makes a clearance.

58:29

Corner taken by James Milner, Kolo Toure has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

57:21

Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Adam Johnson results in a free kick. Carlos Tevez joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

55:44

Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong booked. Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.

54:04

A goal is scored by Sebastian Larsson from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-3 Sunderland.Assist by Nicklas Bendtner.

50:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.

48:35

The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

48:19

Adam Johnson decides to take the corner short.

48:15 +3.15

Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Cattermole takes the direct free kick. Centre by Stephane Sessegnon, Nicklas Bendtner finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Man City 1-2 Sunderland.Stephane Sessegnon provided the assist for the goal.

47:30

James McClean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by James Milner.

46:37

Sebastian Larsson decides to take the corner short.

46:33 +1.33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner, Simon Mignolet makes a save. Foul by Mario Balotelli on Simon Mignolet, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

45:01

Micah Richards goes off and Adam Johnson comes on.

41:58

Craig Gardner gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Placed penalty scored by Mario Balotelli. Man City 1-1 Sunderland.Assist by Edin Dzeko.

41:17

James Milner sends in a cross, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.

40:11

James Milner decides to take the corner short.

40:06

James Milner sends in a cross, Michael Turner gets a block in.

38:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Craig Gardner. Craig Gardner goes into the referee's book. Aleksandar Kolarov produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

37:53

Mario Balotelli challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

37:43

The ball is delivered by James Milner, Sebastian Larsson gets a block in.

37:07

James Milner decides to take the corner short.

36:10

The ball is delivered by James Milner, Jack Colback gets a block in. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

35:10

A cross is delivered by Edin Dzeko, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.

33:06

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

30:02

Sebastian Larsson gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 0-1 Sunderland.Assist by Stephane Sessegnon.

29:52

Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Free kick taken by Jack Colback.

29:42

James McClean takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Nigel De Jong.

29:12

James McClean takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

28:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McClean by James Milner. James McClean restarts play with the free kick.

27:35

James McClean produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

26:59

David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole. Direct free kick taken by Jack Colback.

25:57

Aleksandar Kolarov takes the inswinging corner, Mario Balotelli has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

25:13

Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

22:39

The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Sebastian Larsson. Inswinging corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line, save by Simon Mignolet. Centre by David Silva, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner.

22:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on David Silva. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.

20:41

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line, save made by Simon Mignolet.

18:09

Corner taken short by James Milner.

17:46

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

17:24

The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Kolo Toure.

16:06

The offside flag is raised against Micah Richards. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

15:11

Effort on goal by Craig Gardner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

12:44

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

12:14

Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.

11:33

The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Jack Colback makes a clearance.

10:22

The ball is swung over by Phillip Bardsley.

7:24

Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Shot on goal comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.

4:33

Jack Colback challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.

2:35

Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance. James McClean takes a shot. Micah Richards gets a block in.

1:01

James Milner takes a inswinging corner. A cross is delivered by David Silva, Micah Richards challenges James McClean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Aguero's `stupid' injury rocks City Manchester City are sweating on the extent of a "stupid" injury that threatens to rule Sergio Aguero out of a key stage of the title run-in. When Aguero missed last weekend's draw at Stoke, Blues assistant-boss David Platt dismissed it as a minor ankle injury the club's #38million record signing had suffered in training the day before. Now manager Roberto Mancini has revealed the problem to be more serious, and certainly more complicated. Mancini was cryptic in his explanation, leaving the significant fact about exactly what has happened to Aguero unanswered. However, he did confirm the South American would miss Saturday's encounter with Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium and could not say for certain whether Aguero will have recovered by the time City head to Arsenal on April 8. "Sergio has a problem in his foot, but it is better we don't talk about it because it is a stupid injury," said Mancini. "It is not his fault but he can't play with this injury for a week, 10 days, two weeks? I don't know. "For us it is a big problem because we lost Sergio against Stoke and he can't play. We hope we can recover him for Arsenal, but I don't know if it is possible. "I'm really disappointed and I hope it won't be weeks." Mancini declined to elaborate but even the bare details raise significant questions as he had already stated that Carlos Tevez was not fit enough to be handed a starting spot against a Sunderland side that have already beaten City once this season. That leaves Edin Dzeko, who has scored just five times in his last 25 appearances and none in his last six, and the enigmatic Mario Balotelli as Mancini's only other forward options. Balotelli's tendency towards the bizarre continued earlier this week when he appeared at a press conference for former club Inter Milan as they unveiled Andrea Stramaccioni as their successor to sacked Claudio Ranieri. On Wednesday, pictures were circulated of an apparent bust-up between Mancini and Balotelli at City's Carrington training complex. At least with the latter issue, Mancini had an explanation. "I spoke with him during training because I was explaining some situation on the pitch," he said. "At the press conference he was there like a journalist. It is better you ask him why but he had two days off." Mancini confirmed that skipper Vincent Kompany had recovered from a calf problem but fellow central defender Joleon Lescott was still sidelined by a hip injury. Martin O'Neill has insisted Sunderland cannot regard themselves as an established Barclays Premier League club simply because they secured a top-10 finish last season. The Black Cats dragged themselves into 10th place on the final day of the campaign, largely as a result of derby rivals Newcastle's failure to hold on to a 3-0 lead over West Brom, to fulfil the mission on which they had set out in the previous August. However, O'Neill arrived on Wearside in December to inherit a club flirting with relegation, and the recovery he has inspired since sees them heading for City sitting in eighth and targeting an improvement this time around. O'Neill said: "I have heard we want to be a top-10 team, a top-10 football club, and that's great, it's a great ambition. "But you have to strive for that. You just don't turn up at the start of the season and say, 'We are a top-10 side' and things fall in accordingly. "You don't realise. You have to battle every single week for that, every week, and this is the point. "There is no such thing as somebody being established - I will probably excuse the top six teams, who consider themselves in terms of the money stakes and all that to be very, very strong now, stronger than ever before, perhaps. "But you have to start again and you have to go and fight from the opening day of the season right to the end. "Only then when you have finished the season, if you are lucky enough to have done so well, then you can turn around and say, 'That was good'. "Then you start the next year again." Full-back Wayne Bridge is ineligible to play against his parent club, and either Kieran Richardson, who has returned to light training after a calf injury, or Jack Colback, who sat out in midweek because of the birth of his first child, are in line to deputise. However, John O'Shea is definitely sidelined and skipper Lee Cattermole is battling against a knee injury for a game in which victory would give Sunderland an unlikely double following their 1-0 win over City on New Year's Day. end

Formation:442Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 4411Manager: Martin O'Neill

Sunderland

  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Kolo Toure
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • James Milner
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • David Silva
  • Mario Balotelli
  • Edin Dzeko
  • SUBS
  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Gael Clichy
  • David Pizarro
  • Gareth Barry
  • Adam Johnson
  • Carlos Tevez
  • Pablo Zabaleta

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Form Guide

    WWWLWD
  • Man City
  • VS
  • Sunderland
  • LLDWLW

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 0
  • Man City
  • 01/01/2012
  • Man City
  • 5 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 03/04/2011
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 0
  • Man City
  • 29/08/2010
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 14/03/2010
  • Man City
  • 4 - 3
  • Sunderland
  • 19/12/2009
  • Man City
  • 1 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 22/03/2009

Top Scorers

Man City

  • SL Aguero 14
  • E Dzeko 13
  • M Balotelli 9
  • A Johnson 5
  • DJ Silva 5
  • G Toure Yaya 4
  • S Nasri 4
  • J Lescott 2
  • J Milner 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • G Barry 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1

Sunderland

  • S Sessegnon 7
  • S Larsson 5
  • N Bendtner 5
  • J McClean 4
  • C Gardner 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • K Richardson 2
  • D Ji 2
  • W Brown 1
  • T Bramble 1
  • F Campbell 1
  • J Colback 1
  • C Wickham 1
  • A Elmohamady 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 94
    • Goals per game 72
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 15 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Sunderland

    • Total goals 61
    • Goals per game 39
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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