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United stifled by Swansea, Chelsea score eight

Published: Sunday 23 December 2012, 18.43CET
Manchester United FC's Premier League lead stands at four points after the frontrunners could only draw 1-1 at Swansea City AFC, before Chelsea FC handed Aston Villa FC an 8-0 defeat.
United stifled by Swansea, Chelsea score eight
Swansea goalscorer Michu vies with Nemanja Vidić ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 23 December 2012, 18.43CET

United stifled by Swansea, Chelsea score eight

Manchester United FC's Premier League lead stands at four points after the frontrunners could only draw 1-1 at Swansea City AFC, before Chelsea FC handed Aston Villa FC an 8-0 defeat.

Manchester United FC's lead at the Premier League summit now stands at four points after the frontrunners could only muster a 1-1 draw at Swansea City AFC, on day when Chelsea FC handed Aston Villa FC an 8-0 defeat.

Looking to respond to Manchester City FC's win against Reading FC on Saturday, it was United who went ahead after 16 minutes when Patrice Evra met Robin van Persie's corner at the near post and headed in. Swansea levelled close to the half-hour, though, and for the 13th time in the Premier League this term, it was Michu who found the net. The Spanish midfielder finished from close range after David De Gea had parried a Jonathan De Guzmán effort into his path.

The visitors tightened up after the break and began to dominate, with Van Persie improvising a volley from a Wayne Rooney cross which bounced off the top of the crossbar. Michel Vorm then did excellently to divert a Michael Carrick header against the woodwork, but – unlike City against Reading – Sir Alex Ferguson's side could not conjure a late winner.

In Sunday's other match, Chelsea returned to third spot with a commanding triumph as seven players found the net against Aston Villa. Fernando Torres got the ball rolling after three minutes and efforts from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanović put the hosts three up at the break. Frank Lampard increased the advantage on 58 minutes and Ramires weighed in with a double to go with an Oscar penalty and an Eden Hazard strike.

Last updated: 03/01/13 17.22CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 26/12/2012 11:37 CET

23/12/2012

ChelseaChelsea8-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Torres 3, David Luiz 29, Ivanović 34, Lampard 58, Ramires 75, 90+1, Oscar 79 (P), Hazard 83

Venue: London

23/12/2012

SwanseaSwansea1-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Michu 29

Evra 16

Venue: Swansea

22/12/2012

LiverpoolLiverpool4-0FulhamFulham

Škrtel 8, Gerrard 36, Downing 51, Suárez 90+2

Venue: Liverpool

22/12/2012

NewcastleNewcastle1-0QPRQPR

Sh. Ameobi 81

Venue: Newcastle

22/12/2012

TottenhamTottenham0-0StokeStoke

Venue: London

22/12/2012

Man. CityMan. City1-0ReadingReading

Barry 90+3

Venue: Manchester

22/12/2012

West BromWest Brom2-1NorwichNorwich

Gera 43, Lukaku 82

Snodgrass 23

Venue: West Bromwich

22/12/2012

West HamWest Ham1-2EvertonEverton

C. Cole 14

Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73

Venue: London

22/12/2012

SouthamptonSouthampton0-1SunderlandSunderland

S. Fletcher 42

Venue: Southampton

22/12/2012

WiganWigan0-1ArsenalArsenal

Arteta 60 (P)

Venue: Wigan

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