Last-place Sunderland were minutes away from a shocking 2-1 win over the best-paid team in the world, Man City. The win would've given Sunderland hope that they could somehow avoid relegation, but instead the scene was set for goalkeeper Vito Mannone to endure the longest moment of his life.
A low shot from Samir Nasri in the 88th minute seemed easy enough for Mannone to deal with, but after it hit him square in the hands, the ball squirted away from the former Arsenal keeper and started trickling towards the goal. In his desperation to stop it, Mannone attempted to will his uncooperative body after it, moving like a snake pumped full of tranquilizers. Despite this torturous eternity, the ball ended up in the net and City got their late equalizer.
Mannone's pain was all of the pain ever felt by mankind.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw, though Nasri had a chance to score a winner for City moments after his first goal. Sunderland remain in last place and Mannone will never sleep again.
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