Photos: Manchester City Beats Sunderland 3-1 To Claim The 2014 Capital One Cup!


Champions: Manchester City won the Capital One Cup after beating Sunderland 3-1 in the final

Two wonder goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, and a late strike from Jesus Navas gaveManchester City the first major silverware of the season as they beat Sunderland by three goals to one. Manchester City were boosted by the return to the starting line up of Sergio Aguero to offer a pacey threat up top, while for Sunderland Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson and Wes Brown replaced Santiago Vergini, Jozy Altidore and the cup-tied Liam Bridcutt. More after the break

Silverware: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Capital One Cup trophy

The game began in a similar pattern to the previous meetings between the two clubs, with City monopolising the ball and Sunderland staying firm, getting men behind the ball. It was imperative that Sunderland avoided falling behind early on and Gus Poyet’s tactics reflected that. Any goal to hold on to for the underdogs would have been a bonus.

Lining up: Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo, Navas, Javi Garcia and David Silva

Finish: After shrugging off the challenge from Vincent Kompany, Borini fired into the far corner

After unsuccessful City pressure in the opening exchanges, Sunderland got their goal. The lively Fabio Borini made a run in behind the centre back pairing of Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis as the ball was lofted forward from the Sunderland half. Borini’s electrifying pace meant the Belgian got on his wrong side at the edge of the area, and with a welcome bounce the ball dropped at Borini’s feet one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The Italian slipped the ball under Costel Pantilimon to give the underdogs the lead as Wembley erupted.

Back on terms: Yaya Toure's stunning strike levelled the scores for Manchester City early in the second half

Yaya Toure, so often a massive influence on big games because of his all round ability was largely anonymous for a long period, until he delivered the most exquisite of cup final equalisers in the 54th minute. Toure received the ball around 30 yards out and struck the most delicious first time curling shot into Vito Mannone’s top corner to level the match to the delight of City fans.

Deadly: Samir Nasri fired home Manchester City's second goal in quick succession

The stadium again exploded just two minutes later, when a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov was struck sublimely with the outside of Samir Nasri’s foot past Mannone again. An unbelievable spell was crowned by two of City’s big guns coming up trumps and the whole momentum of the match changed in an instant.

Despairing: Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone tries but fails to keep out the Spaniard's shot

Navas added a fourth late on as Manchester City struck on the counter attack to seal a glorious cup victory for the favourites.

View from the dressing room: Kompany tweeted this picture of City the celebrations


  1. Toure doing africa proud….. He is sure going to collect africa best player the fifth time no doubt….

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