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Fernandinho rues "complete disaster"

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered "a complete disaster" after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland.

The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City's Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini's tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point.

The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.

We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us.

We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.

We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.

– Man City midfielder Fernandinho

Independent commission could rule on Cardiff leak complaint

An independent commission may be asked to rule on Cardiff's complaint that their team line-up was leaked to Crystal Palace.

The Premier League is investigating an official complaint, with the BBC reporting that Cardiff have argued the 3-0 result on April 5 in Palace's favour should not stand.

League chiefs will decide whether the complaint should be taken forward - it is understood there remains uncertainty about whether any regulation would have been breached even if proven.

If the complaint is taken forward it is likely to be dealt with by an independent commission.

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Alonso in awe of Bale's Copa del Rey winner

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso lavished praise on Gareth Bale for the incredible solo goal which sealed his team's Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona.

The goal was incredible , I don't think I've seen anything like it. It looked like the ball was going out and he was under pressure, he ran off the pitch to keep it in, it was just amazing.

Now we have the taste of victory. It was a really exciting game, with both sides playing at their best.

– Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso
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