• Man City unbeaten in 11 league games
  • City start without goalkeeper Joe Hart
  • Sunderland one win in 10 league games
  • Black Cats three points above drop zone

Substitute Frank Lampard headed a dramatic winner as Manchester City defeated Sunderland to go joint top of the Premier League with Chelsea.

A sublime 22-yard strike by Yaya Toure and Stevan Jovetic's clever close-range finish put City firmly in control.

But the hosts conceded a two-goal lead for the second game in a row as Jack Rodwell's header and Adam Johnson's penalty levelled the scores.

Lampard secured victory with a well-placed header from Gael Clichy's cross.

The former Chelsea player, available after City extended his stay until the end of the season from New York City, could have had a hat-trick in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch as City finished strongly.

City's seventh league home win saw them join Chelsea on 46 points. The Blues were beaten 5-3 at Tottenham in the later game.

Manuel Pellegrini's side dominated the early exchanges but ended the first half goalless and frustrated after some disciplined Sunderland defending.

The Black Cats were content to sit back and soak up City pressure, yet for all their dominance, the hosts were unable to make it count.

Costel Pantilimon was forced into just two serious saves before the interval on his return to the club he left last summer after only seven Premier League starts in three years.

The Romanian, who had more touches than any other Sunderland player in the opening 45 minutes, beat away David Silva's 20-yard strike in the 31st minute before keeping out Toure's long-range attempt seven minutes later.

At the other end, Willy Caballero, starting in place of the rested Joe Hart, enjoyed a quiet return to action until producing a fine save to keep out Sebastian Larsson's curling 41st minute free-kick.

It required something spectacular for City to make the breakthrough, Toure's sublime strike from just outside the area giving Pantilimon no chance.

Shoot!

Manchester City had 12 shots on target against Sunderland. No team has managed more in a Premier League game this season.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0, Jovetic marking his return to the side with a clever flick from Clichy's ball into the Sunderland area.

But just as they did at the weekend against Burnley, the hosts undid their hard work by conceding two quick goals - both scored by former City players.

Rodwell reduced the deficit with a firm header from a 68th-minute corner before Johnson levelled from the spot three minutes later after Billy Jones was clipped by Pablo Zabaleta.

Yet Sunderland were level for just two minutes, Lampard heading home Clichy's cross to put City ahead again.

Lampard was twice denied by Pantilimon in the closing minutes while the Sunderland keeper also kept out Jesus Navas and Ferandinho in an exciting finish.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "There wasn't much in the game until that incredible goal by Yaya Toure.

"The game opened up after that and when you open up against Manchester City you know anything can happen. Our keeper made two or three great saves to keep us in the game, but it wasn't to be.

"There is disappointment because of the way we played after scoring the second goal."

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure celebrates scoring against Sunderland

Yaya Toure has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances

Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic scores against Sunderland

Stevan Jovetic now has two goals and three assists in three Premier League appearances against Sunderland

Manchester City v Sunderland

Jack Rodwell's only previous Premier League goal this season was against Manchester United

Manchester City v Sunderland

There were five goals in 16 minutes and 12 seconds of play at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has scored nine Premier League goals against Sunderland

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester City

  • 13 Caballero
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 20 Mangala
  • 22 Clichy
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 21 Silva (Milner - 90' )
  • 08 Nasri Booked (Kolarov - 85' )
  • 35 Jovetic (Lampard - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 03 Sagna
  • 07 Milner
  • 11 Kolarov
  • 12 Sinclair
  • 18 Lampard
  • 38 Boyata

Sunderland

  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 27 Vergini (Coates - 78' )
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown Booked
  • 02 Jones Booked
  • 08 Rodwell
  • 30 Buckley (Álvarez - 65' )
  • 07 Larsson Booked
  • 14 Jordi Gómez (Giaccherini - 58' )
  • 11 Johnson
  • 10 Wickham

Substitutes

  • 09 Fletcher
  • 12 Cabral
  • 17 Altidore
  • 20 Álvarez
  • 22 Coates
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 25 Mannone
Ref: Roger East
Att: 45,367

Match Stats

Possession

64 36

Shots

32 4

On target

12 4

Corners

10 4

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2.

90:00 +5:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2.

90:00 +2:09

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

90:00 +1:48

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:48

Foul by Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland).

90:00 +1:16

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

90:00 +0:33

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

90:00

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).

89:31

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

89:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces David Silva.

88:24

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:24

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

87:31 Booking

Booking Wes Brown (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:25

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:25

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

85:38

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

85:35

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

85:28

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

84:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Samir Nasri.

81:17

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

81:14

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.

80:04

Offside, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini tries a through ball, but Ricardo Álvarez is caught offside.

79:39

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

77:50

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

77:50

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastián Coates replaces Santiago Vergini because of an injury.

76:43

Offside, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini tries a through ball, but Adam Johnson is caught offside.

75:43

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

74:33

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

73:53

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

72:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 3, Sunderland 2. Frank Lampard (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

70:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

70:48 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:08

Penalty conceded by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

70:08

Penalty Sunderland. Billy Jones draws a foul in the penalty area.

69:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces Stevan Jovetic.

68:19

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

67:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 1. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

67:07

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

67:04

Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

65:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 0. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

64:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ricardo Álvarez replaces William Buckley.

63:49

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

63:49

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:17

Offside, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

62:51

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho with a through ball.

60:09

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Yaya Touré.

59:23

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

59:23

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Jordi Gómez.

56:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 0. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

54:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

53:50

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

50:47 Booking

Booking Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:39

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

50:39

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:09

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adam Johnson.

49:01

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

45:23

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 0, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +0:07

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

44:47

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

43:32

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

43:13

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

41:14

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

41:14

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:42

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

40:42

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:01

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Willy Caballero.

39:58

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

38:18

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

38:18

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:37

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

37:37

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:44

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

35:48

Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but Samir Nasri is caught offside.

33:05 Booking

Booking Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

33:02

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

30:59

Attempt missed. Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

30:56

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

30:36

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

27:33

Hand ball by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

26:58

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

24:28

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:28

Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

23:57

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

23:57

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:00

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

21:57

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

19:58

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

19:56

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

19:33

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

18:27

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

18:27

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:59

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martín Demichelis.

16:15 Booking

Booking Billy Jones (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:06

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:06

Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

13:59

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

13:17

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

13:17

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:19

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

5:20

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.

4:17

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:17

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

1:43

Hand ball by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

1:11

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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