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United brush QPR aside to stretch lead

Published: Saturday 23 February 2013, 18.15CET
Manchester United FC are now 15 points clear in the Premier League after they triumphed 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers FC, while Santi Cazorla was Arsenal FC's saviour against Aston Villa FC.

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Published: Saturday 23 February 2013, 18.15CET

United brush QPR aside to stretch lead

Manchester United FC are now 15 points clear in the Premier League after they triumphed 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers FC, while Santi Cazorla was Arsenal FC's saviour against Aston Villa FC.

A stunning strike from Rafael and a late Ryan Giggs effort earned Manchester United FC a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers FC.

Both second-placed Manchester City FC and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC had previously been held to goalless stalemates at Loftus Road, but the Red Devils' visit proved more fruitful, thanks in no small part to a wonderful first-half effort by Rafael.

The Brazilian, who would later clear off the line, flashed a half-volley into the top corner from range to give the visitors a vital lead. A Giggs cameo added late excitement, as the Welshman doubled the advantage with a cool finish from a Nani pass before striking the QPR crossbar.

That puts United 15 points clear of City, who host Chelsea FC in their game in hand on Sunday. That top scorer Robin van Persie was substituted with an injury will be of concern to the leaders, however.

Elsewhere, Santi Cazorla struck early and late as Arsenal FC struggled past an Aston Villa FC who had levelled through Andreas Weimann's second-half strike. 

Romelu Lukaku fired two as West Bromwich Albion FC won 2-1 at home against Sunderland AFC, a feat that Arouna Koné matched in Wigan Athletic FC's 3-0 defeat of ten-man Reading FC.

Two goals in the last six minutes earned Norwich City FC a 2-1 comeback win against Everton FC, while Fulham FC edged past Stoke City FC 1-0.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.46CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/02/2013 13:10 CET

23/02/2013

NorwichNorwich2-1EvertonEverton

Kamara 84, Holt 90+4

Osman 39

Venue: Norwich

23/02/2013

West BromWest Brom2-1SunderlandSunderland

Lukaku 35 (P), 75

Sessegnon 79

Venue: West Bromwich

23/02/2013

ArsenalArsenal2-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Santi Cazorla 6, 85

Weimann 68

Venue: London

23/02/2013

ReadingReading0-3WiganWigan

Koné 44, 45+2, Figueroa 48

Venue: Reading

23/02/2013

QPRQPR0-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Rafael 23, Giggs 80

Venue: London

23/02/2013

FulhamFulham1-0StokeStoke

Berbatov 45+2

Venue: London

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