The Story Of The Day As City Scrape Past Sunderland

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Manchester City scraped a 2-1 win over Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season despite being largely dominant throughout the game.

The day started with the news that Willy Caballero was preferred in goal to Joe Hart who dropped to the bench:

With the game underway, Guardiola only had to wait four minutes for the first City goal of his tenure. Sergio Aguero converted from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Patrick Van Aanholt. 

While the much-derided Raheem Sterling was winning back a few fans:

City continued to dominate but disaster struck when Jermain Defoe equalised for the Black Cats in the 71st minute. 

Guardiola was animated on the touchline as his team looked to turn the screw:

And what better way to seal the victory than an own goal by a former United man:

Which got one frozen out City striker out of his chair:

So there you have it. Not quite the swagger and verve some fans were expecting but Pep's reign is underway with three points. Next up in the league, an away game at Stoke City next Saturday. 

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.