EPL HIGHLIGHTS: Sunderland 0 Man City 2. Pep Guardiola’s men enjoyed a routine victory over the beleaguered Black Cats, with Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane both on target. Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were on target as Manchester City won 2-0 at Sunderland to keep their title ambitions alive and push the Wearsiders closer to the relegation trapdoor. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring shortly before half-time, and Leroy Sane added to the advantage after the break. Sunderland didn’t play poorly, but a lack of efficiency doomed the Black Cats.
The first chance of the match came early, as Bryan Oviedo failed to deal with a high ball into the box, and Fernandinho tried his luck, missing the target.
On the other side of the pitch, Sunderland’s star striker, Jermain Defoe, sent a warning to the visitors, as he almost made good contact with a cross but instead steered the ball into the hands of Willy Caballero.
City predictably dominated possession in the early stages, but chances were few. The absence of De Bruyne likely played a part, but the Sky Blues also didn’t play with much urgency, and the ball didn’t move at speed.
Some bad communication nearly resulted in a chance for Raheem Sterling, but Jordan Pickford reacted in the nick of time. Adnan Januzaj nearly picked out Defoe, but Caballero read the situation well and collected the ball ahead of the forward.
Defoe went close after 20 minutes, striking the post from distance, and Fabio Borini failed to find the mark with a follow-up header. BetVictor couldn’t help themselves:
More City possession followed, but with the visitors finding almost no success out wide, the Black Cats comfortably held their ground. When Aguero did find some space, he was caught by John O’Shea, who earned the first booking.
Fernandinho tried his luck with another shot from distance that never threatened Pickford, and Billy Jones launched a header right at Caballero. David Silva came within inches of turning Sane’s pass home, and Jones suffered a similar fate, just missing the mark.
It was Aguero who broke the deadlock shortly before half-time, reading the attack well and running into space for a simple tap-in. As shared by Bleacher Report UK, plenty of fans thought he’d find the net against lowly Sunderland:
Silva thought he had doubled the lead in injury time, but Sterling was offside in the build-up to the goal.
Sunderland tried to fight back at the start of the second half, and Defoe almost found himself with the ball in a promising position, only to see the flag go up.
The Citizens remained the better side, however, and Bacary Sagna should have played in Aguero after a quick attack for what would have been a certain goal.
Silva put Pickford to work before Sane doubled the advantage, finishing off a great move that was made by a superb pass from his Spanish team-mate. Bleacher Report UK loved it:
The Black Cats didn’t get lucky with their finishing, as both Sebastian Larsson and Lamine Kone missed excellent chances to pull a goal back.
Januzaj went close with a header that failed to put Caballero to work, and Kone only just managed to clear a cross intended for Aguero. The defender produced a fine block to deny Sane shortly after.