Manchester City 3-3 Sunderland
Last Updated: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:33
Manchester City came from two goals down to secure a point against Sunderland in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
City enjoyed more of the ball in the early stages but found themselves behind on the 31st minute, when Stephane Sessegnon made a fine run to find Sebastian Larsson who found the bottom corner of the goal from the edge of the area.
The home side continued to enjoy more possession and managed to level the scores when Edin Dzeko went down in the box and referee Phil Dowd to awarded the penalty, despite the protests of the Sunderland players.
Mario Balotelli stepped up to score with a fine penalty from the spot to level matters on 43 minutes but the scores would not be level at the break.
Once again Sessegnon caused the City defence problems and his cross found Nicklas Bendtner, who headed home in injury time to give the visitors the lead at half-time.
And it was the Black Cats who extended their lead on the 55th minute when Bendtner turned provider to set up Larsson, who slotted the ball home for his second of the game.
In a dramatic turn of events, City scored two goals in less than a minute when Balotelli got a brace of his own, after his solo effort saw Simon Mignolet beaten.
Seconds late Aleksandar Kolarov produced a wonder strike from 30 yards out to level the scores on the 86th minute to set up a tense finish.
However Sunderland held on earn a share of the points, as City slipped up once again in the Premier League title race.