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City held at home by struggling Sunderland

Published: Wednesday 16 April 2014, 22.50CET
Manchester City FC's title hopes were dealt another blow as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland AFC, while Everton FC missed the chance to reclaim fourth.
City held at home by struggling Sunderland
Connor Wickham fires in his second goal to stun Manchester City ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 16 April 2014, 22.50CET

City held at home by struggling Sunderland

Manchester City FC's title hopes were dealt another blow as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland AFC, while Everton FC missed the chance to reclaim fourth.

Manchester City FC are six points off the Premier League summit after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to rock-bottom Sunderland AFC.

City's hopes of a second top-flight title in three seasons were dealt a serious blow on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 at league leaders Liverpool FC. They looked certain to offer a swift riposte when Fernandinho put them in front with a low shot from close range with just two minutes on the clock. However, Sunderland, defeated in seven of their last eight league games, gave a good account of themselves thereafter. Indeed they were in front midway through the second half thanks to two goals in 11 minutes from Connor Wickham, whose last and only previous Premier League strike came in October 2011.

Samir Nasri's low shot squirmed through Vito Mannone's grasp with two minutes left, and though the France midfielder then missed a fine chance to earn City all three points, Sunderland clung on for a share of the spoils. While City are four points off Chelsea FC and six behind Liverpool with a game in hand on both, the Black Cats are six points off safety with five games left.

Crystal Palace FC, mired in the relegation zone themselves until the appointment of Tony Pulis last November, are now ten points clear of the bottom three following a 3-2 success at Everton FC. The Toffees had the chance to move back ahead of Arsenal FC into fourth – and the final UEFA Champions League qualifying berth – but were 1-0 down at half-time following Jason Puncheon's adept finish.

Scott Dann's free header made it two and though Steven Naismith gave the hosts a sniff with a poacher's effort just after the hour, Palace restored their two-goal advantage through Cameron Jerome's splendid strike. Kevin Mirallas capitalised on a slice of fortune to halve Everton's arrears once more but Roberto Martínez's side, who had won seven league games on the bounce, remain a point behind the Gunners.

Last updated: 17/04/14 0.05CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/04/2014 22:45 CET

16/04/2014

EvertonEverton2-3Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace

S. Naismith 61, Mirallas 86

Puncheon 23, Dann 49, Jerome 73

Venue: Liverpool

16/04/2014

Man. CityMan. City2-2SunderlandSunderland

Fernandinho 2, Nasri 88

Wickham 73, 83

Venue: Manchester

15/04/2014

ArsenalArsenal3-1West HamWest Ham

Podolski 44, 78, Giroud 55

Jarvis 40

Venue: London

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