Trailing with 22 minutes to go, Premier League champions Manchester City FC staged a spirited comeback to defeat promoted Southampton FC 3-2 after rivals Chelsea FC had earlier beaten Wigan Athletic FC 2-0.
Southampton started with optimism and intent but were soon swamped by City's brilliance. Although David Silva missed a 17th-minute penalty, the hosts made amends five minutes before the break when Carlos Tévez latched onto Samir Nasri's through ball and swept in a right-footed finish.
The visitors showed plenty of attacking verve in the early exchanges of the second half and were rewarded for their adventure when substitute Rickie Lambert curled a sumptuous strike beyond Joe Hart (59). Parity felt like paradise, but better was to come when they took a shock lead courtesy of Steven Davis' smart finish (68).
City lifted the gloom four minutes later, Edin Džeko capitalising on a goalmouth scramble and firing the ball into an unguarded net. Three months on from their dramatic title-clinching win against Queens Park Rangers FC, the hosts completed another enthralling triumph when Gaël Clichy's ball was diverted across goal by Daniel Fox, leaving Nasri a simple task.
Also on Sunday, summer recruit Eden Hazard played the magician in the middle to inspire Chelsea to a convincing win. The Belgian international made his mark after two minutes, laying on a perfect pass for Branislav Ivanović to open the scoring. Beguiling Wigan, Hazard then drew a rash challenge in the penalty area and Frank Lampard made no mistake from the spot.
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|Last updated: 27/11/2012 12:53 CET|
Le Fondre 90 (P)
|Venue: West Bromwich|
|West Ham||1-0||Aston Villa|
|2||Swansea City AFC||1||3|
|3||West Bromwich Albion FC||1||3|
|5||Manchester City FC||1||3|
|6||Newcastle United FC||1||3|
|7||West Ham United FC||1||3|
|9||Stoke City FC||1||1|
|13||Manchester United FC||0||0|
|15||Tottenham Hotspur FC||1||0|
|16||Aston Villa FC||1||0|
|17||Wigan Athletic FC||1||0|
|19||Norwich City FC||1||0|
|20||Queens Park Rangers FC||1||0|