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Van Persie secures United derby spoils

Published: Sunday 9 December 2012, 20.10CET
Manchester City FC lost at home for the first time since December 2010 after Robin van Persie's added-time free-kick secured Manchester United FC a dramatic 3-2 victory.

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Published: Sunday 9 December 2012, 20.10CET

Van Persie secures United derby spoils

Manchester City FC lost at home for the first time since December 2010 after Robin van Persie's added-time free-kick secured Manchester United FC a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Manchester United FC stretched their lead at the top of the table to six points after Robin van Persie's last-gasp free-kick secured a 3-2 victory against rivals Manchester City FC. 

It was the first time the teams had met since City captured their maiden Premier League title in the dying seconds of last season. United midfielder Ashley Young led the charge to exorcise those demons, surging forward and releasing Wayne Rooney, whose scuffed effort trickled past Joe Hart. The England striker doubled the visitors' lead 13 minutes later, sweeping in Rafael's precise centre.

The introduction of Carlos Tévez sparked the home side into life after the break. The effervescent forward forced David de Gea into a fine double save, before teeing up Yaya Touré to stroke the ball in. City's relentless pressure conjured an equaliser four minutes from time as Tévez's corner deflected into the path of Pablo Zabaleta, who drove in. 

The home fans' joy at parity was short-lived, however, and Van Persie found the net with a trademark free-kick two minutes into added time for his 11th league goal of the season.  

Everton FC also left it late to overcome Tottenham Hotspur FC. Clint Dempsey's spectacular opener looked to have given the visitors all three points before quick-fire strikes from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavić turned the game on its head and lifted the Toffees into fourth. As for Liverpool FC, Glen Johnson and Joe Cole both scored in a 3-2 success at West Ham United FC. 

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.38CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/01/2013 17:13 CET

09/12/2012

West HamWest Ham2-3LiverpoolLiverpool

Noble 36 (P), Gerrard 43 (o.g.)

Johnson 11, J. Cole 76, Collins 79 (o.g.)

Venue: London

09/12/2012

EvertonEverton2-1TottenhamTottenham

Pienaar 90, Jelavić 90+2

Dempsey 76

Venue: Liverpool

09/12/2012

Man. CityMan. City2-3Man. UnitedMan. United

Y. Touré 60, Zabaleta 86

Rooney 16, 29, Van Persie 90+2

Venue: Manchester

08/12/2012

SunderlandSunderland1-3ChelseaChelsea

A. Johnson 66

Torres 11, 45+3 (P), Juan Mata 49

Venue: Sunderland

08/12/2012

Aston VillaAston Villa0-0StokeStoke

Venue: Birmingham

08/12/2012

WiganWigan2-2QPRQPR

McCarthy 19, 74

Nelsen 26, Cissé 71

Venue: Wigan

08/12/2012

SouthamptonSouthampton1-0ReadingReading

Puncheon 61

Venue: Southampton

08/12/2012

ArsenalArsenal2-0West BromWest Brom

Arteta 26 (P), 64 (P)

Venue: London

08/12/2012

SwanseaSwansea3-4NorwichNorwich

Michu 51, 90+3, De Guzmán 59

Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77

Venue: Swansea

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