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City take derby spoils to keep title hopes alive

Published: Monday 8 April 2013, 22.55CET
Sergio Agüero secured Manchester City FC an important derby success against league leaders Manchester United FC to cut the gap at the top to 12 points with seven games remaining.
City take derby spoils to keep title hopes alive
Manchester City celebrate at Old Trafford ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 8 April 2013, 22.55CET

City take derby spoils to keep title hopes alive

Sergio Agüero secured Manchester City FC an important derby success against league leaders Manchester United FC to cut the gap at the top to 12 points with seven games remaining.

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.

Last updated: 08/04/13 23.13CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/04/2013 16:37 CET

08/04/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United1-2Man. CityMan. City

Kompany 59 (o.g.)

Milner 51, Agüero 78

Venue: Manchester

07/04/2013

QPRQPR1-1WiganWigan

Rémy 85

Maloney 90+4

Venue: London

07/04/2013

NewcastleNewcastle1-0FulhamFulham

Cissé 90+3

Venue: Newcastle

07/04/2013

ChelseaChelsea2-1SunderlandSunderland

Kilgallon 47 (o.g.), Ivanović 55

Azpilicueta 45 (o.g.)

Venue: London

07/04/2013

TottenhamTottenham2-2EvertonEverton

Adebayor 1, G. Sigurdsson 87

Jagielka 15, Mirallas 53

Venue: London

07/04/2013

LiverpoolLiverpool0-0West HamWest Ham

Venue: Liverpool

06/04/2013

NorwichNorwich2-2SwanseaSwansea

Snodgrass 40, Turner 60

Michu 35, Moore 75

Venue: Norwich

06/04/2013

StokeStoke1-3Aston VillaAston Villa

Kightly 80

Agbonlahor 9, Lowton 87, Benteke 90+1

Venue: Stoke

06/04/2013

West BromWest Brom1-2ArsenalArsenal

Morrison 71 (P)

Rosický 20, 50

Venue: West Bromwich

06/04/2013

ReadingReading0-2SouthamptonSouthampton

Rodriguez 34, Lallana 72

Venue: Reading

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