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  • Date:29 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Bent - pen (90)
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96mins

Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

93mins

Foul by Micah Richards on Darren Bent, Penalty awarded. Micah Richards is given a yellow card. Kolo Toure receives a yellow card. Darren Bent scores a power penalty. Sunderland 1-0 Man City.

93mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Kolo Toure. Micah Richards goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Kolo Toure goes into the book. Darren Bent scores a power penalty. Sunderland 1-0 Man City.

93mins

Kolo Toure concedes a Penalty for a foul on Darren Bent. Micah Richards goes into the referee's book. The referee shows Kolo Toure a yellow card for dissent. Darren Bent scores a power penalty. Sunderland 1-0 Man City.

93mins

Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal. Save made by Joe Hart.

92mins

Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.

92mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Joao Alves Jo. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.

91mins

Joao Alves Jo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez.

91mins

The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley, James Milner manages to make a clearance.

90mins

David Silva crosses the ball, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.

89mins

Handball by Emmanuel Adebayor. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.

89mins

Shot from just outside the area by Ahmed Elmohamady goes over the bar.

88mins

Shot by Jordan Henderson. Blocked by Gareth Barry.

87mins

Foul by Nigel De Jong on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Booking for Nigel De Jong. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson.

85mins

Phillip Bardsley takes a shot and goes over the bar.

85mins

Danny Welbeck produces a cross, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

84mins

James Milner sends in a cross, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.

82mins

Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.

81mins

Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by David Silva.

81mins

Centre by Kieran Richardson, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.

79mins

Corner taken by James Milner.

79mins

Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

78mins

James Milner takes a outswinging corner.

78mins

Shot from 25 yards from Carlos Tevez. Blocked by Lee Cattermole.

76mins

James Milner sends in a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble.

76mins

Header on goal by Steed Malbranque from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

75mins

The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson.

75mins

Emmanuel Adebayor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joleon Lescott.

70mins

Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.

69mins

Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

67mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck goes over the bar.

67mins

James Milner produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.

64mins

James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

63mins

Carlos Tevez fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Phillip Bardsley has an effort at goal. Save by Joe Hart.

61mins

A cross is delivered by Titus Bramble, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.

61mins

Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

58mins

Kolo Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Kieran Richardson.

57mins

Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post.

57mins

The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, save by Joe Hart.

56mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.

55mins

Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.

55mins

Steed Malbranque delivers the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

51mins

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

51mins

Foul by Gareth Barry on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Steed Malbranque takes the direct free kick.

51mins

The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, save made by Joe Hart.

50mins

The ball is sent over by Phillip Bardsley.

49mins

Steed Malbranque sends in a cross.

48mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Milner, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.

48mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

48mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Lee Cattermole. James Milner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

46mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

46mins

(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Danny Welbeck coming on for Fraizer Campbell. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Phillip Bardsley coming on for Michael Turner.

44mins

The ball is crossed by James Milner, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.

41mins

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

38mins

Short corner taken by James Milner.

35mins

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jordan Henderson goes wide left of the goal.

30mins

Titus Bramble challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Darren Bent.

29mins

Shot by Carlos Tevez. Blocked by Michael Turner.

26mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Fraizer Campbell. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.

22mins

Steed Malbranque challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Micah Richards takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Effort on goal by Vincent Kompany from 18 yards. Jordan Henderson gets a block in.

20mins

James Milner takes the outswinging corner, save by Simon Mignolet.

19mins

A cross is delivered by James Milner, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

17mins

Jordan Henderson challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.

16mins

Shot on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

16mins

Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

16mins

Jordan Henderson decides to take a short corner.

12mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.

12mins

Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

11mins

Fraizer Campbell has a drilled shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.

6mins

Shot from just outside the box by Ahmed Elmohamady goes over the target.

6mins

The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Bent misses to the left of the target.

5mins

Nigel De Jong challenges Steed Malbranque unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.

5mins

The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

2mins

The ball is delivered by James Milner, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The game restarts for the second half.

It is the end of the first-half.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Onuoha ineligible for City visit Sunderland will be without defender Nedum Onuoha for the visit of Manchester City to the Stadium of Light. Onuoha is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement with City and Anton Ferdinand and Phil Bardsley will be among those hoping to replace him. Manager Steve Bruce otherwise has no fresh selection problems with John Mensah (hamstring), George McCartney (ankle), Craig Gordon (fractured arm) and David Meyler (knee) still on the sidelines. Sunderland striker Darren Bent is determined to make up for a lost opportunity as he sets his targets for the new season. The 26-year-old plundered 25 goals during his first campaign on Wearside to put the Black Cats within touching distance of a top-10 Barclays Premier League finish. However, a winter slump and a tame conclusion to the season saw them end up in 13th place, an improvement on the previous two but significantly short of where they felt they should have been. But they do not intend to miss out a second time, despite a lukewarm start to the new campaign which saw them surrender a 2-0 lead to take just a point from Birmingham in their opening fixture and lost 1-0 at West Brom last Saturday. Bent, who will test his potency against City at the Stadium of Light, said: "It's funny because we should have finished so much higher than we did. "Some of our performances last season - Arsenal at home, we were brilliant, Liverpool at home, Manchester United away, they were all big, big performances we put in. "But we just let ourselves down at times with silly sending-offs and maybe a lack of concentration towards the end of games and conceding late goals. After what happened to us last season, we are definitely capable of a top-10 finish. "A lot of people last season maybe got a bit carried away when we had played six games and won three out of the six. "Everyone was saying, 'They have got to finish in the top seven, the top eight' - and that for a team that had nearly been relegated the season before was a bit much. "But this season, we have got expectations. We want to finish in the top 10 and I am sure we can do that." Manchester City midfielder James Milner will return to the squad. Milner sat out the Europa League victory over Timosoara as he was not registered in time. Striker Mario Balotelli could be back after a knee problem but Aleksandar Kolarov, Jerome Boateng and Wayne Bridge remain sidelined through injuryJames Milner has warned Manchester City can expect a rough ride at Sunderland. The former Aston Villa midfielder had a debut to remember with his new side as they secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Liverpool. He then sat out the Europa League win over Timisoara in midweek as he was not registered in time to play. Milner, who played for Newcastle earlier in his career, believes City may be in for a different kind of challenge when they ship up at the Stadium of Light. He said: "Steve Bruce always has his teams settled very well. He is a good manager and they had good spells last season. "The north-east is always a tough place to go and they create a great atmosphere. It is a very good place to play football. "It is up to us to get on top of them early in the game because if they start well and get a goal in front with the crowd behind them it can be tough. "Hopefully we can get out of the blocks quickly, put in a good performance and get the right result."

Formation:442Manager: Steve Bruce

Sunderland

Formation: 451Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Anton Ferdinand
  • Michael Turner
  • Titus Bramble
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Ahmed Elmohamady
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Steed Malbranque
  • Fraizer Campbell
  • Darren Bent
  • SUBS
  • Trevor Carson
  • Phillip Bardsley
  • Boudewijn Zenden
  • Cristian Riveros
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Jack Colback
  • Martyn Waghorn

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Match Report

Bent on the spot again Darren Bent's injury-time penalty condemned Manchester City to their first defeat of the season as a glaring miss left Carlos Tevez red-faced. The Sunderland striker converted the spot-kick in the fourth minute of added time to snatch all three points after being hauled down by Micah Richards in front of goal. Bent's strike was the Black Cats' reward for a concerted second-half fightback after Tevez had let them off the hook with an astonishing early miss. The Argentinian fired high over an open goal after being played in by Yaya Toure, and the visitors were made to pay as the points slipped away. Roberto Mancini's side dominated before the break, but were unable to take advantage, and the home side made the most of their opportunity despite losing striker Fraizer Campbell with what looked like a serious injury. That brought greater urgency to Steve Bruce's pursuit of Ghana international striker Asamoah Gyan ahead of the transfer deadline, although he was able to comfort himself with a spirited display by his team. However, it took a fine late save by keeper Simon Mignolet from substitute Emmanuel Adebayor to give Bent his big chance in front of a crowd of 38,610. Mancini sent out a team which cost around #180million to assemble and was able to name seven men on the bench valued at around half that amount. Bruce's starting XI cost less than half the figure paid out for the visitors' substitutes, a measure of the gulf between the relative spending powers of the two clubs. Predictably, it was City who dominated the opening 45 minutes with their pace and movement and in particular, the guile of the hugely impressive Yaya Toure, repeatedly stretching the Wearsiders. However, a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant the Black Cats went in at the break with their clean sheet intact, and that would have been pleasing for Bruce after a sub-standard display in defeat at West Brom last weekend. That said, just how City were not in front is something Tevez would have had to explain to his manager at the break after a glaring 16th-minute miss. The visitors looked certain to score when Yaya Toure charged down Kieran Richardson's shot and then set off on a powerhouse run upfield which left the full-back and Lee Cattermole trailing in his wake. He might have passed early, but instead drew Mignolet before squaring for Tevez. The Argentinian had the goal at his mercy, but contrived to scoop his shot high over the bar. Tevez might have made amends 13 minutes later after latching on to Richardson's misplaced pass, but Michael Turner did just enough to deflect the ball wide. But it took a fine save from Mignolet at the death to deny Yaya Toure after James Milner's free-kick was allowed to reach him unmarked at the far post. For their part, Sunderland, who spent much of the half working desperately hard to close the visitors down, created little with Bent glancing an early header wide and Jordan Henderson shooting just off target from distance. However, the half ended in worrying fashion with Campbell following his team-mates into the dressing room on a stretcher after a tangle of legs with Richards. Bruce was forced into a reshuffle at the break with Campbell unable to continue and Turner failing to re-appear, Danny Welbeck and Phil Bardsley taking their places. However, it was his side which resumed with the greater endeavour to remind City they were not going to have things all their own way. The game was becoming increasingly open and the focus was very much on Hart's goal. He had to punch clear as Bent rounded on Vincent Kompany's mistimed defensive header, and he then clawed Ahmed Elmohamady's wind-assisted cross clear as it threatened to sneak in at his near post. For the first time in the game, the visitors were coming under sustained pressure, and Welbeck slashed wildly over with 68 minutes gone. The impetus was very much with the Black Cats, but Mignolet had to pull off a superb reaction save to deny Adebayor a 79th-minute winner after Richards had headed Milner's corner back across goal. But the drama came right at the death and when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Richards had prevented Bent from reaching Elmohamady's cross, the striker made no mistake as City conceded for the first time this season.

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