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Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne ensure Blues roll past Cats

Published 22/09/2015

Raheem Sterling celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne after De Bruyne scored Manchester CIty's second goal
Raheem Sterling celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne after De Bruyne scored Manchester CIty's second goal
Manchester City's Yaya Toure shoots just wide during the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero charges forward past Sunderland's Ola Toivonen during the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Sunderlands John O'Shea (left) and Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi during the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Sunderlands Vito Mannone sits dejected after conceding Manchester City's third goal during the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Sunderlands Adam Johnson (left) and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the Capital One Cup, third round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Sunderland's Italian striker Fabio Borini (C) reacts at the restart after Manchester City's third goal during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Sunderland's Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone (R) makes a save at the feet of Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (L) during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Sunderland's Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone reacts after Manchester City's third goal which was an own goal credited to Mannone after the ball ricocheted off the post to go in off the goalkeeper during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Sunderland's Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone (R) reacts after Manchester City's third goal which was an own goal credited to Mannone after the ball ricocheted off the post to go in off the goalkeeper during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (L) celebrates with Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (R) after De Bruyne scored Manchester CIty's second goal during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester CIty's Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero (C) saves a header from Sunderland's Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen (R) during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot with Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celerbates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Sunderland's Italian striker Fabio Borini (R) reacts after beating Manchester CIty's Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero but having the goal disallowed during the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
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Sunderland's Dutch manager Dick Advocaat (R) greets Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini (L) as they arrive for the English League Cup third round football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northest England, on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City breaks with the ball during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Ola Toivonen of Sunderland battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Ola Toivonen of Sunderland battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is chased Sebastian Coates of Sunderland during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates scorin their second goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City congratulates Kevin de Bruyne on scoring their second goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City scores their second goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City scores their second goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City scores their second goal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Rodwell of Sunderland tackles Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Rodwell of Sunderland tackles Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Yaya Toure of Manchester City arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Dick Advocaat manager of Sunderland arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City arrives prior to the Capital One Cup third round match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were on top-form as the Blues cruised to a 4-1 Capital One Cup victory at Sunderland to end a two-game losing run in explosive fashion.

The £100million duo tore the Black Cats apart on a night when the Barclays Premier League leaders demonstrated a brutal efficiency in front of a largely horrified crowd of 21,644 at the Stadium of Light.

Sergio Aguero started the ball rolling from the penalty spot before De Bruyne, Vito Mannone's own goal and Sterling made it 4-0 by the break to extend bottom-of-the-table Sunderland's first-half goals conceded tally for the season to 17 in just eight games and make Ola Toivonen's late header irrelevant.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini made just three changes to the side beaten 2-1 at home by West Ham at the weekend - the club's second reverse inside five days - as Willy Caballero, Martin Demichelis and Fernando replaced Joe Hart, the injured Eliaquim Mangala and Fernandinho.

As a result, his team was eye-wateringly strong for an early domestic cup-tie, but even the Chilean could not have dreamt what would happen during a remarkable opening 45 minutes.

Sunderland had actually started the brighter when hapless full-back Patrick van Aanholt clumsily barged Jesus Navas to the ground as he carved his way into the penalty area and Aguero expertly dispatched the resulting 10th-minute spot-kick past goalkeeper Mannone, whose evening was to deteriorate much further.

The Black Cats thought they were back in it within six minutes when Fabio Borini out-muscled Nicolas Otamendi and fired past Caballero, only for referee Roger East to rule that he had fouled the defender in the process, much to the ire of home fans still contesting City's penalty.

Sweden international Toivonen should have levelled with a 25th-minute header after meeting debutant DeAndre Yedlin's cross with a firm header, but he picked out Caballero.

But once De Bruyne had embarrassed Mannone at his near post seconds later after exchanging passes with Sterling with 25 minutes gone, the game was heading only one way.

The Italian was culpable once again as he could only push full-back Bacary Sagna's cross into Sterling's path, although he was unfortunate to see the midfielder's initial shot come back off the post and go in off his body.

Sterling did not need the help of the woodwork nine minutes before the break when he beat Mannone comprehensively after being played in by De Bruyne, and had Aguero not tried to be too clever after rounding the keeper five minutes later and allowed Yedlin and Sebastian Coates to cover back, it would have been 5-0 at the break.

City picked up where they had left off with Sterling passing up two opportunities to add to his tally within the opening five minutes of the second half, but Jeremain Lens tested Caballero with a well-struck 63rd-minute effort as the home side battled on gamely.

Caballero blocked Borini's 73rd-minute shot with his legs after Yedlin had slid him in, but there was nothing he could do to prevent Toivonen from glancing a header past him from another Yedlin cross with seven minutes remaining.

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