Manchester City FC maintained their slim Premier League title hopes as Roberto Mancini's second-placed side defeated league leaders Manchester United FC 2-1.
City knew a derby victory was a necessity, as three points for Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils would have left them needing just four more from their remaining seven games to secure a 20th English championship. A powerful 78th-minute strike from substitute Sergio Agüero sealed City's win, meaning they must erode a 12-point gap to reclaim the title.
In a first half where the hosts were happy to soak up pressure and attempt to hit the visitors on the break, it was Carlos Tévez who almost put the visitors ahead; Phil Jones' excellent tackle denied the Argentinian. Rafael's looped effort struck the crossbar before the interval for United and James Milner broke the deadlock after the restart with a powerful low drive which David de Gea got a hand to but was unable to keep out.
Vincent Kompany deflected Jones' header from Robin van Persie's free-kick into his own net to even things up before Agüero came to the fore. He powered into the roof of the net after a jinking run to earn City the points – and derby bragging rights.
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|Last updated: 09/04/2013 16:37 CET|
|Man. United||1-2||Man. City|
Kompany 59 (o.g.)
Azpilicueta 45 (o.g.)
Morrison 71 (P)
Rosický 20, 50
|Venue: West Bromwich|
|1||Manchester United FC||31||77|
|2||Manchester City FC||31||65|
|4||Tottenham Hotspur FC||32||58|
|8||West Bromwich Albion FC||32||44|
|9||Swansea City AFC||32||41|
|12||West Ham United FC||31||37|
|13||Newcastle United FC||32||36|
|14||Norwich City FC||32||35|
|15||Stoke City FC||32||34|
|16||Aston Villa FC||32||33|
|18||Wigan Athletic FC||31||31|
|19||Queens Park Rangers FC||32||24|