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Sunday 02 March 2014

Man City rally to clinch Capital One Cup

Manuel Pellegrini's charges stage second-half recovery to clinch 3-1 victory at Wembley

Manchester City celebrate Samir Nasri's goal against Sunderland at Wembley

Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland

Second-half goals by Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas enabled Manchester City to come from behind to clinch the Capital One Cup at the expense of Sunderland.

Gus Poyet's side had taken the lead after nine minutes through Fabio Borini's breakaway strike but found themselves behind with two goals in the space of two minutes when Yaya Toure equalised with a spectacular dipping drive and Samir Nasri rifled his side in front with a rasping effort. As the Black Cats threw caution to the wind they were caught out on the counterattack, which was finished off clinically by Navas.

After knocking out Chelsea and Manchester United on the way to the Wembley showpiece it seemed as though Sunderland were about to continue their giant-killing ways when Borini hared on to Adam Johnson's raking ball, forced his way past Vincent Kompany and drilled a diagonal shot with the outside of his right foot past Costel Pantilimon.

Despite Sergio Aguero's return to the starting line-up the Black Cats defended their lead comfortably in the first half, but they were unable to contend with the offensive threat from their opponents that re-emerged after the break.

It took a wondergoal by Toure to get his side back on level terms as the midfielder played a quick one-two with Pablo Zabaleta before attempting an outrageous shot from 30 yards that arced over the helpless Vito Mannone. Buoyed by that effort City scored from their next attack a minute later, Nasri meeting Aleksandar Kolarov's cutback with a first-time strike from the edge of the area.

The closest Poyet's charges came to an equaliser was a shot by substitute Steven Fletcher that was directed straight at Pantilimon, and, shortly after the Scotland international miscontrolled the ball when in a glorious position inside the area, City raced up the other end to apply the coup de grace.

Capital One Cup final
Manchester City (Toure, Nasri, Navas) 3-1 Sunderland (Borini)

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