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City hit six to leave derby rivals United reeling

Published: Sunday 23 October 2011, 19.41CET
Manchester City FC made an emphatic statement in the Premier League title race with a 6-1 win at ten-man derby rivals Manchester United FC, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko scoring twice.

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Published: Sunday 23 October 2011, 19.41CET

City hit six to leave derby rivals United reeling

Manchester City FC made an emphatic statement in the Premier League title race with a 6-1 win at ten-man derby rivals Manchester United FC, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko scoring twice.

Manchester City FC laid down an astonishing marker in the Premier League title race with a 6-1 triumph at ten-man derby rivals Manchester United FC, on a day when Chelsea FC lost at Queens Park Rangers FC.

Mario Balotelli opened the scoring in a remarkable derby meeting with a fine finish against the run of play on 22 minutes, and he proved dangerous again when he broke clear just after the break, prompting a rash challenge that resulted in a red card for Jonny Evans. David Silva and James Milner then combined to set up Balotelli on the hour mark, before Sergio Agüero made it three nine minutes later.

Darren Fletcher responded for the hosts to suggest a fightback might be on the cards, but substitute Edin Džeko registered twice late on, either side of a Silva strike, as United conceded six goals for the first time since October 1996. Having recorded only their second win at Old Trafford since 1974, City now lead their neighbours by five points in the table.

Chelsea are another point back after they fell 1-0 at west London rivals QPR, Heidar Helguson notching a tenth-minute penalty before the visitors lost both José Bosingwa and Didier Drogba to first-half dismissals. Elsewhere, Robin van Persie came off the bench to score twice and help Arsenal FC down Stoke City FC 3-1, while Everton FC prevailed 3-1 at Fulham FC and a Rafael van der Vaart double ensured Tottenham Hotspur FC ran out 2-1 winners at Blackburn Rovers FC.

Last updated: 06/12/13 7.15CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/10/2011 19:00 CET

23/10/2011

QPRQPR1-0ChelseaChelsea

H. Helguson 10 (p)

Venue: London

23/10/2011

BlackburnBlackburn1-2TottenhamTottenham

Formica 28

Van der Vaart 15, 53

Venue: Blackburn

23/10/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United1-6Man. CityMan. City

D. Fletcher 81

Balotelli 22, 60, Agüero 69, Džeko 89, 90+3, Silva 90+1

Venue: Manchester

23/10/2011

ArsenalArsenal3-1StokeStoke

Gervinho 27, Van Persie 73, 82

Crouch 34

Venue: London

23/10/2011

FulhamFulham1-3EvertonEverton

Ruiz 67

Drenthe 3, Saha 90, Rodwell 90+3

Venue: London

22/10/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool1-1NorwichNorwich

Bellamy 45+1

Holt 60

Venue: Liverpool

22/10/2011

BoltonBolton0-2SunderlandSunderland

Sessegnon 82, Bendtner 90+3

Venue: Bolton

22/10/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa1-2West BromWest Brom

Bent 23 (p)

J. Olsson 45, Scharner 57

Venue: Birmingham

22/10/2011

NewcastleNewcastle1-0WiganWigan

Cabaye 81

Venue: Newcastle

22/10/2011

WolvesWolves2-2SwanseaSwansea

Doyle 84, O'Hara 86

Graham 23, Allen 35

Venue: Wolverhampton

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