Football: Man City cruise in League Cup, Swansea out

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scores the opening goal from the penalty spot.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scores the opening goal from the penalty spot.AFP

LONDON (AFP) - 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.

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

They were 4-0 up inside 36 minutes through 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.

Struggling Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League table after six games without victory, replied courtesy of an 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.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa saw off Championship derby rivals Birmingham City 1-0 courtesy of an emphatic 62nd-minute header from Rudy Gestede, while Peter Crouch's cool first-half finish earned Stoke City a 1-0 win at Fulham.

Holders Chelsea launch their trophy defence at third-tier Walsall on Wednesday, while Arsenal visit north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the tie of the round.

Manchester United, second in the Premier League, enter the competition with a home game against second-tier Ipswich Town, while Liverpool host League Two Carlisle United, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.