Blue moon rising
Sensational quick-fire goals by Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri inspired Manchester City to come from behind and beat Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Sunderland had taken a 10th-minute lead through on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini and a fine first-half display left them on course for a first piece of major silverware since 1973.
However, City responded in the second half, with Toure lobbing in a superb long-range equaliser and Nasri smashing home less than two minutes later before substitute Jesus Navas added a third goal at the death.
Gus Poyet's Sunderland had started the game with intent, however, snapping into tackles in the middle of the pitch, and a minute later they rocked City by taking the lead.
Lee Cattermole, starting in place of the cup-tied Liam Bridcutt, robbed Toure just outside the Sunderland area and fed Adam Johnson, who lofted a ball down the right flank for Borini to chase.
Sunderland were quick to gather men behind the ball, but they continued to threaten, with Wes Brown heading over from a corner and Johnson sparking panic in the City defence with a low cross.
Sunderland barely had time to draw breath before Nasri made it 2-0, meeting Aleksandar Kolarov's deflected left-wing cross with an emphatic shot from the edge of the box that swerved deliciously inside the left-hand post.
Immediately, City introduced Navas in place of Aguero, while a shellshocked Sunderland sent on Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher, who quickly tested Pantilimon with a low shot.
Kompany almost added a third for City when he hooked wide from a Nasri corner, before Navas rattled a shot inside Mannone's near post from Toure's pass to rubberstamp City's third League Cup crown.