A terminally ill football fan inspired his team to victory by delivering a rousing speech to them before kick-off.
With only 100 days until the World Cup, there is concern among FIFA's bosses that Brazil is running behind with the preparations.
Manchester City beat Sunderland 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 and warned about his future conduct after admitting a Football Association charge for comments he made on Twitter in relation to his former manager Neil Warnock.
Puncheon, 27, posted a series of tweets - which he later deleted - following criticism of a penalty miss by Warnock, who had signed him on loan when manager at QPR in September 2011.
The FA charged Puncheon as a result and has now fined him for the tweets.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after headbutting a Hull City player.
The FA said it was a "non-standard case" because of its "serious, violent and/or aggressive nature."
Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
Freddy Shepherd has told ITV News Tyne Tees that the controversy surrounding Alan Pardew's headbutt of Hull's David Meyler will follow him for the rest of his life.
Speaking about the incident, the former Newcastle United owner said: "He has got that for the rest of his life. That will be on his back for the rest of his life."
In the interview, Freddy Shepherd also made it clear that he does not want to see Alan Pardew lose his job.
Former England stars Ian Wright and Stuart Pearce have disputed their former international team-mate Sol Campbell's claim he would captained the national team for "more than 10 years" if he had been white.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 show, Wright said: "Sol was more than good enough to be a captain but I personally believe there were better candidates at the time."
Pearce said the comments were "very unusual" but added "it's obviously something Sol believes".
The former defender, though, totally rejected Campbell's claim that the FA was "institutionally racist" in its choice of captains for the Three Lions.
"I wouldn’t believe for one moment he was ever denied the captaincy of England because of the colour of his skin," Pearce told talkSPORT.
"I find that incredible. Paul Ince was captain of England and that didn’t hold him back in any way, shape or form."
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has emphatically denied Sol Campbell's claim in his autobiography that he was denied the national team captaincy because of his race.
The retired centre-back, who played 73 times for the Three Lions, said he would have been skipper for "more than 10 years" had he been white, while claiming the FA is "institutionally racist", in passages serialised by The Sunday Times.
Eriksson told The Daily Telegraph there was "not a chance" of Campbell gaining the armband, but only because David Beckham was his fixed choice.
The Swede said there were "never ever any discussions at all in the team or in the FA" about Campbell replacing Beckham as captain during his tenure.
It all started well for Sunderland.
Fabio Borini put the Black Cats 1 – 0 up after just nine minutes with a goal set up by Adam Johnson.
Manager Gus Poyet celebrated from the touchline, arms outstretched.
But, in the second half, two Manchester City goals in two minutes ended the dreams of bringing a major trophy back to Wearside for the first time in 40 years.
Yaya Toure scored at 54 minutes with a shot 30 yards from the goal into the top corner.
Two minutes later, Samir Nazri put Pellegrini’s men ahead.
And in the 89th minute, Jesus Navas sealed the win for the favourites.
Final score: Sunderland 1 – 3 Manchester City.