Manchester City came from a goal down to defeat Sunderland 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final.
In the span of two minutes, Sunderland went from a club on its way towards ending a 41-year trophy drought to a club that was totally outclassed and outmatched by a superior opponent.
Even though City looked sluggish during the first half, credit must be given to an inspired Sunderland club for taking it to the favorites in the first 45 minutes. They went into half-time nursing a 1-0 lead (and deservedly so thanks to a tenth minute strike from Fabio Borini) during which time many (City players especially) must have been thinking of last year’s final, when City lost to underdogs Wigan Athletic in injury-time.
But the favorites seemed awake when play resumed and equalized in the 55th minute, Yaya Toure with a beautiful curling shot from distance. Less than a minute later, City were in front with an almost impressive goal by Samir Nasir.
It looked like City had finally woken up and remembered that they were the superior club. They dominated the rest of the match, sealed with a Jesus Navas goal in the 90th minute.
City fans can only hope that winning the Capital One Cup will reinvigorate their club for the rest of the season. Manuel Pellegrini are still alive in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League and what would be an amazing quadruple.