Sep 24, 2015

    City score 4-1 in League Cup clash


    RECORD signing Kevin de Bruyne scored again as Manchester City crushed Sunderland 4-1 to reach the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday, but Swansea City fell to second-tier Hull City.

    City's perfect start to the Premier League season was abruptly ended by a 1-2 loss at home to West Ham last weekend, but Manuel Pellegrini's team bounced back in style at the Stadium of Light.

    They were 4-0 up inside 36 minutes: a ninth-minute Sergio Aguero penalty, de Bruyne's second goal for the club, an own goal by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone and a neat finish by Raheem Sterling.

    "We played well, especially in the first half," said Pellegrini, whose side also lost 1-2 at home to Juventus in their Champions League opener.

    "Maybe in the second half, winning 4-0, we stopped our pace a little bit, but I am pleased because we started this game after two important defeats in the Champions League and Premier League.

    "It was important to continue in this (competition) and it was important to try to win from the first minute. We scored four beautiful goals."

    The only goal for struggling Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League table after six games without victory, was the 83rd-minute header by close-season signing Ola Toivonen.

    Swansea lost to a 41st-minute David Meyler strike at Hull, who were relegated from the Premier League in May, to become the second top-flight team to be knocked out of this season's tournament after second-round casualties Watford, although they were later joined by West Ham.

    Andy King scored a 116th-minute header as Leicester City continued their fine form to beat the Hammers 2-1 after extra time in the only all-Premier League tie of the evening.

    Everton had to come from behind to win 2-1 at Championship side Reading.

    Meanwhile, Bournemouth needed penalties to win at second-tier Preston North End after the game finished 2-2 following extra time.

    Daniel Johnson scored a 118th-minute penalty for Preston that sent the game to extra time, but then saw his spot-kick saved by Adam Federici to hand Bournemouth a 3-2 success in the shootout.

    Peter Crouch's cool first-half finish earned Stoke City a 1-0 win at Fulham, while Aston Villa saw off Championship derby rivals Birmingham City 1-0.