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United maintain lead with Liverpool win

Published: Sunday 13 January 2013, 20.16CET
Robin van Persie scored his 17th league goal of the season as Manchester United FC edged out Liverpool FC 2-1, before Manchester City FC recorded a 2-0 win at Arsenal FC.

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Published: Sunday 13 January 2013, 20.16CET

United maintain lead with Liverpool win

Robin van Persie scored his 17th league goal of the season as Manchester United FC edged out Liverpool FC 2-1, before Manchester City FC recorded a 2-0 win at Arsenal FC.

Manchester United FC maintained their seven point lead at the top of the Premier League by overcoming Liverpool FC 2-1 at Old Trafford, before Manchester City FC claimed a 2-0 win at Arsenal FC. 

Having failed to score in just one of his last eight Premier League outings, it came as no surprise when Robin van Persie turned in Patrice Evra's pinpoint cross after 19 minutes. The visitors rarely threatened and almost fell further behind when Van Persie's nonchalant flick was cleared by Martin Škrtel.

The Slovakia defender could do nothing to prevent United doubling their lead ten minutes after the break, however, as Evra's header deflected in off Nemanja Vidić. Liverpool's response was swift with half-time substitute Daniel Sturridge making no mistake from close range after Steven Gerrard's venomous shot proved too hot to handle.

The onus was then on City, whose task at Arsenal became easier when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for hauling down Edin Džeko in the penalty area after nine minutes. The industrious forward struck a post from the spot, but James Milner soon made amends, latching on to Carlos Tévez's probing pass and powering in. Džeko's atonement was complete when he followed up Tévez's parried shot. 

The visitors used their numerical advantage intelligently after the break, while their resolve came under strain 15 minutes from time when captain Vincent Kompany became the second player to be shown a red card. With that, Arsenal rallied and came closest to scoring when Theo Walcott's firm finish was cleared off the line by substitute Joleon Lescott.

Last updated: 04/12/13 7.16CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 18/01/2013 14:48 CET

13/01/2013

ArsenalArsenal0-2Man. CityMan. City

Milner 21, Džeko 32

Venue: London

13/01/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United2-1LiverpoolLiverpool

Van Persie 19, Vidić 54

Sturridge 57

Venue: Manchester

12/01/2013

SunderlandSunderland3-0West HamWest Ham

Larsson 12, A. Johnson 47, McClean 74

Venue: Sunderland

12/01/2013

ReadingReading3-2West BromWest Brom

Kebe 82, Le Fondre 88 (P), Pogrebnyak 90

Lukaku 19, 69

Venue: Reading

12/01/2013

Aston VillaAston Villa0-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Lambert 34 (P)

Venue: Birmingham

12/01/2013

EvertonEverton0-0SwanseaSwansea

Venue: Liverpool

12/01/2013

StokeStoke0-4ChelseaChelsea

Walters 45+2 (o.g.), 62 (o.g.), Lampard 65 (P), Hazard 73

Venue: Stoke

12/01/2013

NorwichNorwich0-0NewcastleNewcastle

Venue: Norwich

12/01/2013

FulhamFulham1-1WiganWigan

Karagounis 22

Di Santo 71

Venue: London

12/01/2013

QPRQPR0-0TottenhamTottenham

Venue: London

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