Manchester City F.C. beats Sunderland A.F.C. 3-1 in League Cup final

Mar 02 2014, 22:50 IST
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SummarySunderland A.F.C. giving Manuel Pellegrini his first trophy as manager....

An exquisite equalizer from Yaya Toure sparked a second-half comeback by Manchester City F.C. in the League Cup final on Sunday, with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland A.F.C. giving Manuel Pellegrini his first trophy as manager.

Returning to the stadium where Roberto Mancini's City career ended in an FA Cup final loss last May, further Wembley misery appeared to be beckoning when Fabio Borini put Premier League struggler Sunderland A.F.C. in front after 10 minutes.

Instead, Manchester City F.C., which has now scored 121 goals this season, remains on course for an improbable quadruple that would require all the resolve displayed in the second half to complete.

After a flat first-half performance, the recovery began after Toure nonchalantly curled into the net from 30 yards (meters) in the 55th minute, with Samir Nasri volleying home City's second inside two minutes.

City fans were already celebrating just their third trophy in three years _ following a 35-year title drought _ when Jesus Navas completed a counterattack to add the third in the 90th minute.

"To win the first trophy I think is important for us all ... because at an important club you must win trophies,'' Pellegrini said.

"In the second half we changed it and scored two beautiful goals and we had the patience to win.''

City is in the Premier League title hunt and has reached the FA Cup quarterfinals, but must overturn a 2-0 deficit against Barcelona to advance in the Champions League from the round-of-16 stage.

"I hope it will bring confidence for us to win the other trophies,'' Nasri said.

After more than $1.5 billion of Abu Dhabi investment in less than six years, City has now won each of the domestic trophies in three years, following the 2011 FA Cup and 2012 Premier League title.

But in the first-half on Sunday it looked like being another miserable trip to Wembley Stadium, having lost the FA Cup final to Wigan last May in Roberto Mancini's last game as manager.

In a showpiece game seen live in around 180 countries, City was unpicked after just 10 minutes when slack defending allowed Sunderland A.F.C. to pounce.

Fernandinho was dispossessed next to the Sunderland A.F.C. penalty area, allowing Seb Larsson to launch a counterattack before passing to Adam Johnson on the right wing. Johnson then sent the ball high down the flank to Borini, who easily slipped beyond captain Vincent Kompany before scoring low past Costel

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