Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland: City edge five-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard settled an open second-half between the defending champions and Sunderland, with goals coming from both ends at the Etihad after the break, reports BBC Sport.

The first-half was 0-0, and didn’t seem like a high-scoring affair would ever be on the cards. Both sides were tentative and organised, which led to few clear-cut opportunities created in the first 45 minutes of action.

After the break, the game came to life. Yaya Toure volleyed Manchester City ahead in the 57th minutes, before Steven Jovetic doubled the Sky Blues’ lead less than 10 minutes later. But Sunderland weren’t to be denied.

Jack Rodwell headed home against his former side with just over 20 minutes of normal time remaining to threaten a comeback. Minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty to level the game. Billy Jones was brought down in the area by Pablo Zabaleta, and Adam Johnson equalised from the spot.

Manchester City had the last laugh, however, with substitute Frank Lampard expectedly steering a header past Costel Pantilimon to seal all three points for the holders.

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