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Happy endings for Manchester rivals

Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET
Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC secured late victories against Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC respectively on Sunday to move well clear in the Premier League title race.

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Published: Monday 23 January 2012, 8.00CET

Happy endings for Manchester rivals

Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC secured late victories against Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC respectively on Sunday to move well clear in the Premier League title race.

On a dramatic Sunday, Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC secured victories against Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC respectively to move well clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League title race.

Earlier in the season, both Manchester sides had earned high-scoring wins against the capital clubs on the same day but it was closer this time. Leaders City kicked off first and looked to be making light work of third-placed visitors Tottenham Hotspur FC when two goals in three second-half minutes by Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott gave them a comfortable lead, only for Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale to almost instantly redress the balance.

However Mario Balotelli was brought on and deep into added time was brought down by Ledley King. The Italy forward converted the resulting penalty and City midfielder James Milner said: "It's massive, we knew how big a game it was. They've been playing really well and they had the incentive with how we played at their place. It was an exciting game for the neutral but we'd like it a bit more boring next time."

United remain within three points, and are five ahead of Spurs, after a 2-1 win at Arsenal. Daniel Welbeck was the hero, scoring the 81st-minute winner after Robin van Persie's 19th league goal of the season had cancelled out Antonio Valencia's headed opener. Sir Alex Ferguson reflected: "We said before the game that winning after City had won their game was the important thing. We did it in the right way, we played football and were adventurous and had belief in ourselves. I'm delighted with that at this time of the season."

Arsenal, meanwhile, are now five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC, who drew 0-0 at Norwich City FC on Saturday. Newcastle FC are level on points with Arsène Wenger's side after losing 5-2 at Fulham FC, for whom Clint Dempsey scored a hat-trick, while Liverpool FC are a point back in seventh following their 3-1 defeat at lowly Bolton Wanderers FC. Elsewhere, Aston Villa FC, Queens Park Rangers FC, Sunderland AFC and West Bromwich Albion FC all won, while Everton FC drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers FC.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.25CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/01/2012 08:37 CET

22/01/2012

ArsenalArsenal1-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Van Persie 71

Valencia 45+1, Welbeck 81

Venue: London

22/01/2012

Man. CityMan. City3-2TottenhamTottenham

Nasri 56, Lescott 59, Balotelli 90+5 (penalty)

Defoe 60, Bale 65

Venue: Manchester

21/01/2012

BoltonBolton3-1LiverpoolLiverpool

Davies 3, Reo-Coker 29, Steinsson 50

Bellamy 36

Venue: Bolton

21/01/2012

FulhamFulham5-2NewcastleNewcastle

Murphy 52 (penalty), Dempsey 59, 65, 89, Zamora 68 (penalty)

Guthrie 43, Ben Arfa 85

Venue: London

21/01/2012

QPRQPR3-1WiganWigan

H. Helguson 33 (penalty), Buzsáky 45, Smith 81

Rodallega 66

Venue: London

21/01/2012

StokeStoke1-2West BromWest Brom

Jerome 86

Morrison 35, Dorrans 90+1

Venue: Stoke

21/01/2012

EvertonEverton1-1BlackburnBlackburn

Cahill 24

Goodwillie 72

Venue: Liverpool

21/01/2012

SunderlandSunderland2-0SwanseaSwansea

Sessegnon 14, Gardner 85

Venue: Sunderland

21/01/2012

WolvesWolves2-3Aston VillaAston Villa

Kightly 21, Edwards 31

Bent 11 (penalty), Keane 51, 84

Venue: Wolverhampton

21/01/2012

NorwichNorwich0-0ChelseaChelsea

Venue: Norwich

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