Late own goal gives Pep Guardiola a winning start with Manchester City

England centre-back Stones is in line to make his City debut following his 47.5 million pounds switch from Everton, but fellow new recruits Leroy Sane (hamstring) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee) are injured.

The young German is now nursing a hamstring problem and new Etihad boss Pep Guardiola confirmed he will not be available for Saturday evening's home match.

Moyes saw his new club last just four minutes of the new Premier League season before conceding a goal, and it was Patrick van Aanholt's foul in the box that gave City their breakthrough.

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Aguero coolly struck home from the spot to get the Guardiola era up and running.

City continued to dominate possession throughout the first half but chances were few and far between as Sunderland settled and refused to let the hosts have things their way.

Sunderland's reward came in the 71st when Jermain Defoe latched on to a through-ball to score the equalizer.

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Sunderland's Gooch then shortly after saw the first yellow card of the match for what was closer to a rugby tackle than that of a football one on, before one solitary minute was added. Earlier this week they drew a friendly with Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1.

The second-half was up and running with no initial changes from either side at the break.

Guardiola has won the domestic league title in six of his seven years as manager, and City entered the new campaign as favourites to extend that impressive record.

The Guardiola at Barcelona, who embellished what Cruyff built, preferred playing in a certain way. His failure from 10 yards out just after the hour mark was a particularly poor miss and City paid the price when Defoe tucked in an equaliser 10 minutes later.

"I'm pleased we got the three points in the end".

However, their domestic form nosedived after Christmas and they had to rely on West Ham beating Manchester United in the final game at Upton Park to secure a top four finish and qualification for this year's tournament. The team didn't destroy Sunderland, but the performance was positive, attacking and encouraging.

Moyes threw on Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj for his Sunderland debut with 25 minutes remaining, hoping the starlet who first made a name for himself against the Black Cats could save their skin this time.

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