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United win Reading thriller to open gap on City

Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 20.49CET
Manchester United FC's 4-3 win at Reading FC took the leaders three points clear of Manchester City FC, who drew with Everton FC, while Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC were beaten.

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Published: Saturday 1 December 2012, 20.49CET

United win Reading thriller to open gap on City

Manchester United FC's 4-3 win at Reading FC took the leaders three points clear of Manchester City FC, who drew with Everton FC, while Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC were beaten.

Manchester United FC's 4-3 victory away to Reading FC, in what was the Premier League's game of the day, moved Sir Alex Ferguson's team three points clear at the top of the table.

With champions Manchester City FC being held by Everton FC, United took advantage by winning a remarkable contest, with all the scoring done before half-time at the Madejski Stadium. United trailed twice early on, but strikes from Anderson, two-goal Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie outweighed efforts from Hal Robson-Kanu, Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison.

Manchester City had briefly replaced their neighbours at the summit, albeit on goal difference, though their 1-1 draw with Everton was just the second time they had dropped points at home this season. Both goals came in the first half, Carlos Tévez's penalty cancelling out Marouane Fellaini's opener for the sixth-placed visitors.

The most notable result elsewhere came at Arsenal FC, who conceded twice in the last three minutes – Michu's double making it ten goals in 15 top-flight outings for the Spaniard – to lose 2-0 to Swansea City AFC. If that result left Arsenal in tenth position, their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC climbed to fourth with a 3-0 success at Fulham FC. Jermain Defoe scored two, Sandro the other.

The day's other capital derby was a triumph for West Ham United FC, who overcame a half-time deficit to beat third-placed Chelsea FC 3-1 at Upton Park.

Last updated: 04/12/13 18.58CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 18/12/2012 16:08 CET

01/12/2012

ReadingReading3-4Man. UnitedMan. United

Robson-Kanu 8, Le Fondre 19, Morrison 23

Anderson 13, Rooney 16 (P), 30, Van Persie 34

Venue: Reading

01/12/2012

ArsenalArsenal0-2SwanseaSwansea

Pérez Cuesta 88, 90+1

Venue: London

01/12/2012

Man. CityMan. City1-1EvertonEverton

Tévez 43 (P)

Fellaini 33

Venue: Manchester

01/12/2012

LiverpoolLiverpool1-0SouthamptonSouthampton

Agger 43

Venue: Liverpool

01/12/2012

QPRQPR1-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Mackie 18

Holman 8

Venue: London

01/12/2012

West BromWest Brom0-1StokeStoke

Whitehead 75

Venue: West Bromwich

01/12/2012

FulhamFulham0-3TottenhamTottenham

Sandro 55, Defoe 72, 77

Venue: London

01/12/2012

West HamWest Ham3-1ChelseaChelsea

C. Cole 63, Diame 86, Maiga 90+1

Juan Mata 13

Venue: London

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