Sunderland's relegation woes increased after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City in their English Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
- Sunderland 0 Man City 2
- Aguero nets opener
- Sane doubles the lead
- City move up to second place
- Sunderland remain in 20th
Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the first-half, three minutes before the break against a resolute Sunderland.
However, the game opened up more in the second, and Leroy Sane doubled City's lead on the hour mark for his third league goal of the season.
David Moyes' side gave a good account of themselves in the opening half, going toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola's star-studded side and were buoyed when Jermaine Defoe struck the post mid-way through the half.
However, the Citizens' quality shone through just before the break as Raheem Sterling combined well with Yaya Toure, before fizzing in a delicious cross for Aguero.
The Argentine striker, who has enjoyed previous encounters at the Stadium of Light, ran past his marker and poked the ball beyond an onrushing Jordan Pickford.
Aguero nearly doubled the lead a couple of seconds later but the goal was rightfully disallowed due to Sterling being offside during the build-up.
City's goal deflated the home side who fought valiantly to stay in the game and created a few chances that might have worried the visitors during stages of the opening 45 minutes.
Nonetheless, the second-half, the Sky Blues kicked into another gear as David Silva, Sane and Sterling started exploiting the space left behind the Black Cats defence – who looked to chase the game.
Pickford made a couple of good saves from Silva and the Germany international before the pair combined to double the lead for City.
First, Sterling broke the line, finding Silva, who then played in the overlapping Sane at pace, leaving right-back Billy Jones for dead and hammering a fierce shot into the far corner of Pickford's net, in off the post.
The home side didn't look like getting back into the game after the second goal and Guardiola's side looked more likely to add to the scoreline.
But in the end they settled for the two-goal advantage, moving back into second place, ahead of Spurs, while the home side remained rooted to the foot of the table – six points from safety.