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Dzeko Sinks Sunderland

A thumping first-half volley from Edin Dzeko proved to be enough for Manchester City as they beat Sunderland 1-0 to claim the Asia Trophy on Saturday.

The victory came at some expense for Manuel Pellegrini's side though as Matija Nastasic came off on a stretcher.

Paolo Di Canio kept the faith in his side as he started with the same XI that had beaten Tottenham Hotspur in the week and they started at a high tempo.

The opening goal would come at the other end  though as Yaya Toure's scooped ball over the top was cleared to Dzeko who thumped a stunnig volley past the goalkeeper.

The cut up pitch continued to worsen as the game wore on but Sunderland managed to string together a chance with Jozy Altidore slipping in Emanuele Giaccherini who worked Costel Pantilimon.

A number of changes were made at the break but the condition of the pitch made the game scrappy. Dzeko should have wrapped up the result from the spot after Fernandinho's flick was handled in the area but he blazed it over the bar.

Jesus Navas then saw his shot cleared off the line late on while Sunderland saw Sebastian Larsson work the goalkeeper with their last chance of the game.

In the third place play-off earlier in the day, Tottenham were on fire as they smashed six past South China with no reply.

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