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Football: Man City hopes fade after Sunderland setback

Published on Apr 17, 2014 5:56 AM
Manchester City's Fernandinho (right) scores a goal during their English Premier League match against Sunderland at the Etihad stadium in Manchester on April 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester City's Premier League title hopes suffered a major blow as they needed a late Samir Nasri goal to rescue a 2-2 draw against bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Manuel Pelligrini's side are now six points behind leaders Liverpool with just one game in hand after they failed to beat a side seemingly destined for relegation.

And it could have been worse, as two goals from Connor Wickham threatened to hand City only a second home defeat of the season, until Nasri saved face at the death.

City went ahead after just two minutes through Fernandinho, but following Wickham's late brace, they were indebted to a howler from Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who fumbled Nasri's 88th-minute shot over the line.

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