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Played
March 31, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 47007‎
 
86′
Goal Aleksandar Kolarov
GOAL!! Aleksandar Kolarov, the best player in a City shirt today for me, strikes a low and hard shot from about 30 yards out which sneaks to the left of a speechless Simon Mignolet and the Blues are back level at 3-3! Unbelievable!
 
85′
Goal Mario Balotelli
GOAL!! Well, what a tight final five minutes we are in for! Mario Balotelli coolly hold the ball up on the edge of the box, before driving to his right and hammering home a shot from just inside the edge of the box and into the back of the net. Manchester City 2-3 Sunderland!
 
56′
Yellow Card Nigel De Jong
 
55′
Goal Sebastian Larsson
GOAL!! Sunderland go 3-1 up at the Etihad Stadium and it's Larsson who scores his second of the match. A top quality counter attack from the Black Cats but equally awful defending from a side who are supposed to contain world class players. Wonderful running from Bendtner, a classy final through ball to the back post from the winger and Larsson calmly slotted past Joe Hart.
 
45′ +3
Goal Nicklas Bendtner
GOAL!! Would you believe it, Sunderland are back in the lead! Nicklas Bendtner rises brilliantly to nod in Sessegnon's cross from the right wing, his header cushioning in the bottom right corner of the Man City net.
 
43′
Penalty Goal Mario Balotelli
GOAL!! Manchester City score!! Mario Balotelli puts away the penalty by sending Mignolet the wrong way and placing the ball into the right half of the goal. City 1-1 Sunderland.
 
40′
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
 
31′
Goal Sebastian Larsson
GOAL!! Sebastian Larsson has taken the cat and thrown it among the proverbial pigeons here at the Etihad Stadium! The right-midfielder is passed the ball from Sessegnon - who had dribbled intricately from the left wing - on the edge of the box, and he places it perfectly in the bottom right corner. Hart didn't have a chance and City are 1-0 down at home to Sunderland!
 
Results
 
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