MATCH ZONE SPECIAL: Yaya a liability? Wembley hero made most passes, scored a stunner, laid on third and covered every blade in Capital One victory

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Yaya Toure has been derided as a languid liability in some quarters – his performance in helping Manchester City to victory in the Capital One Cup final suggests such opinion is misplaced.

Misplaced, however, is one word which cannot be used to describe his stunning strike which drew City level early in the second half during their 3-1 triumph over Sunderland.

Sweeping first time into the top corner from 30 yards, it was Toure’s third goal at the new Wembley Stadium, the Ivorian having scored match-winners in both the FA Cup semi-final and final during his maiden season of 2010/11.

Stunner: Yaya Toure equalised for Manchester City with a breathtaking sweep into the top corner from 30 yardsStunner: Yaya Toure equalised for Manchester City with a breathtaking sweep into the top corner from 30 yards

Star man: Toure celebrates his stunning strikeStar man: Toure celebrates his stunning strike

The Wembley way: Toure first scored at the stadium during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United in 2011The Wembley way: Toure first scored at the stadium during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United in 2011

Hero: He followed up the semi-final strike with the winner in the final against StokeHero: He followed up the semi-final strike with the winner in the final against Stoke

But it was Toure’s midfield domination which set his display apart. Indeed, Sportsmail’s Match Zone service reveals the extent of his influence.

No player on either side made more passes than Toure, who served up 77. That was one more than the total number attempted by Sunderland midfield quartet Lee Cattermole (25), Jack Colback (23), Seb Larsson (20) and Adam Johnson (8).

Head-to-head: Toure's contribution is compared to Sunderland's Seb LarssonHead-to-head: Toure’s contribution is compared to Sunderland’s Seb Larsson

He's here, he's there... Toure's heat map shows the extent of his influence on the gameHe’s here, he’s there… Toure’s heat map shows the extent of his influence on the game

Not so hot: Seb Larsson's heat map from the finalNot so hot: Seb Larsson’s heat map from the final

Holding role: Lee Cattermole's heat map

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No opponent won more duels than Toure (7), 

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