Man City beats Sunderland 3-1 to lift League Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Starved of success for decades before the influx of Abu Dhabi cash in 2008, Manchester City collected a third trophy inside three years on Sunday. Exquisite goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri in the space of two minutes during the second half enabled City to come from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 and lift the League Cup.

On the day English football's first trophy of the season was handed out, the destination of the Spanish league title remained thrillingly uncertain as the Madrid derby was drawn.

Here is a look at the action from the leading leagues in Europe on Sunday:

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ENGLAND

Having lost the FA Cup final to Wigan last May in Roberto Mancini's last game as City manager, it looked like being another miserable trip to Wembley Stadium. City was unpicked after just 10 minutes when slack defending allowed Fabio Borini to put Sunderland in front.

But two exceptional moments early in the second half swung the game in their favor. Toure curled in a shot nonchalantly from 30 meters (yards), with the ball looping into the corner of the net, and Nasri scored with a first-time volley from a cross. Jesus Navas ensured there would be no extra time by adding a third from close range in the 90th minute.

There were three Premier League matches. Roberto Soldado scored for the first time in more than two months as fifth-place Tottenham beat relegation-threatened Cardiff 1-0. Aston Villa moved further from danger by beating Norwich 4-1. Norwich is sandwiched in 15th place between Swansea and Crystal Palace, who drew 1-1.

SPAIN

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equalizer as Real Madrid escaped a bruising derby defeat at title rival Atletico Madrid with a 2-2 draw. Madrid, which had led through Karim Benzema, stayed three points ahead of Atletico.

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