Manchester City 5 Sunderland 0: Black Cats embarrassed at Eastlands

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez scores from the penalty spot.
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez scores from the penalty spot.
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SUNDERLAND fell to a demoralising 5-0 defeat at Manchester City with hopes of Europe now long gone for the Black Cats.

Easington’s Adam Johnson set the ball rolling with an eighth-minute opener after City opened up the visitors’ defence too easily.

Phil Bardsley’s foul on Carlos Tevez produced a penalty on the quarter hour, and the Argentinian just managed to beat Simon Mignolet from the resulting spot kick.

It got no better after the break for a Sunderland side looking short of confidence and showing no creative spark.

David Silva, Patrick Vieira - with his first touch after coming on as a sub - and Yaya Toure goals piled on the agony in the second half.

And it could have been even worse as Mignolet’s brilliant save prevented Mario Balotelli from making it 6-0 with the last kick of the game.

Sunderland are now in their lowest league position since October and are badly in need of a lift at home to West Brom next weekend.

Steve Bruce’s side have not won since January.