Manchester City FC closed the gap on Manchester United FC to two points at the Premier League summit after Carlos Tévez's hat-trick inspired them to a 6-1 win at Norwich City FC.
Starting consecutive matches for the first time in 11 months, the Argentinian international curled his side into an 18th-minute lead, before turning provider for Sergio Agüero to make it two. Andrew Surnam halved the deficit shortly after the break, but any chance of a comeback was extinguished when Tévez completed a sumptuous treble either side of Agüero's second. Adam Johnson added a sixth in added time.
Meanwhile, in the first FA Cup semi-final Liverpool FC came from behind to triumph 2-1 against Everton FC. Nikica Jelavić gave David Moyes' side a half-time lead but their Merseyside rivals found their feet after the break. Luis Suárez restored parity with a cool finish, before Andy Carroll headed in the winner three minutes from time.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Swansea City AFC ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a 3-0 win against struggling Blackburn Rovers FC, while Queens Park Rangers FC's relegation fears deepened after a 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion FC. Bottom club Wolverhampton Wanderers FC drew 0-0 with Sunderland AFC.
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|Last updated: 19/04/2012 09:37 CET|
|Venue: West Bromwich|
|1||Manchester United FC||33||79|
|2||Manchester City FC||34||77|
|4||Tottenham Hotspur FC||33||59|
|5||Newcastle United FC||33||59|
|11||Norwich City FC||34||43|
|12||Swansea City AFC||34||42|
|13||West Bromwich Albion FC||34||42|
|14||Stoke City FC||33||42|
|15||Aston Villa FC||32||35|
|16||Queens Park Rangers FC||34||31|
|17||Wigan Athletic FC||33||31|
|18||Bolton Wanderers FC||32||29|
|19||Blackburn Rovers FC||34||28|
|20||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||34||23|