Manchester City's quest to keep pace with Premier League leader Liverpool faltered on Wednesday as it let an early lead slip but recovered for a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
Fernandinho struck in the second minute, capitalizing on a disastrous Lee Cattermole error, but the relegation-threatened visitors battled back superbly and deserved their second-half equalizer.
Connor Wickham got it, pouncing on the chance to volley home when Aleksandar Kolarov was out of position, and the striker then stole a second on the break in the 83rd minute, though Samir Nasri restored some pride with a goal at the death.
It came largely thanks to a mistake from Vito Mannone and the City midfielder would have wrapped up all three points but for a dreadful miss just moments later.
The result puts Gus Poyet's side back to within six points of safety, with one game still in hand, but City's title bid is left on the ropes, behind the Reds by the same margin even with one extra match to play.
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