- De Bruyne scores one, sets up two
- Kompany limps off injured
- City close gap at the top to 3 points
Manchester City beat Sunderland 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with Kevin De Bruyne instrumental in a Boxing Day battering of the Black Cats.
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Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony and De Bruyne all scored, while Bony also missed a penalty kick after Fabio Borini had pulled one back for Sunderland. Despite the win, a worrying moment arrived for City as skipper Vincent Kompany came on a sub but only lasted a matter of minutes before he limped off injured.
With the win City momentarily closed the gap to Leicester to three points, while Sunderland remain second from bottom.
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City took the lead early on as De Bruyne whipped in a delicious cross from the right which Sterling rose to nod home at the back post. 1-0 to the home side as Sunderland’s defense failed to pick up the diminutive winger who headed home unchallenged.
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Soon it was 2-0 to City as David Silva found Toure 30-yards out and the big Ivorian ambled towards the edge of the box before drilling a low shot with his left foot into the bottom corner. 17 minutes gone, 2-0 to City.
It then got worse for Sunderland. Bony made it 3-0 after another great cross from De Bruyne set up the Ivorian striker — who had been preferred ahead of Sergio Aguero in the starting lineup — to head home deftly.
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City had plenty of chances to extend their lead with Sunderland occasionally threatening on the break and just after half time City went 4-0 up as De Bruyne ran forward and latched onto a loose ball in the box following Bony and two Sunderland defenders converging. The Belgian stroked home easily but Sunderland did grab a goal on the break with Borini finishing from a tight angle at the second attempt to make it 4-1.
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Bony had a chance to grab his second goal and City’s fifth but he put a penalty kick over the bar and moments later another bad moment for City arrived. After coming on as a sub Kompany lasted just eight minutes on his return from injury with City’s skipper limping back off — he appeared to land awkwardly on his right leg — and he was replaced by Martin Demichelis.
All in all, a stroll in the park for City who closed the gap at the top of the table.