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Manchester City won the Barclays Asia Trophy after a 1-0 victory over Sunderland in the final in Hong Kong.
In poor playing conditions following more heavy rain, the Premier League runners-up needed just one goal to see off Paolo Di Canio’s men.
It was a stunning first-half strike from Edin Dzeko that separated the two teams – a 20-yard, left-foot volley that flew past Vito Mannone.
It could and should have been more comfortable for Manuel Pellegrini’s men who dominated for long periods against the Black Cats.
Summer signing Fernandinho burst into the box and as he tried to drift past El-Hadji Ba, the Sunderland man stuck out an arm and conceded a second-half penalty. But goalscorer Dzeko fired high and wide from the spot.
Sunderland almost made City pay for missed chances but Seb Larsson’s late free-kick was well saved by Costel Pantilimon.
Earlier, Tottenham had secured third place in the tournament with a comfortable 6-0 win over South China.
Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick for Andre Villas-Boas’ team, who were once again with Gareth Bale as speculation grows over his future.
An own goal had put Spurs in front on 16 minutes, with Clint Dempsey and Andros Townsend scoring the other two in a crushing victory.