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Kagawa hat-trick puts United further clear

Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 18.05CET
A Shinji Kagawa hat-trick helped Manchester United FC to secure a 4-0 victory against Norwich City FC which extends their lead atop the Premier League to 15 points.

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Published: Saturday 2 March 2013, 18.05CET

Kagawa hat-trick puts United further clear

A Shinji Kagawa hat-trick helped Manchester United FC to secure a 4-0 victory against Norwich City FC which extends their lead atop the Premier League to 15 points.

Manchester United FC head into Tuesday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF with a 15-point lead atop the Premier League following a 4-0 victory against Norwich City FC.

United, locked at 1-1 with Madrid ahead of next week's Old Trafford return, were characteristically ruthless on home soil against Norwich. Shinji Kagawa, who had only scored twice since moving to United last summer, struck a hat-trick to steer Sir Alex Ferguson's side to a comfortable triumph. Wayne Rooney set the seal with a fantastic fourth. Second-placed Manchester City FC go to Aston Villa FC on Monday.

United's FA Cup quarter-final opponents Chelsea FC, meanwhile, are up to third thanks to a 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion, January acquisition Demba Ba scoring the only goal. Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC, fourth and fifth respectively, meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Everton FC trail the Gunners by just two points after they beat Reading FC 3-1, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas all on the mark. Reading stay second from bottom but are now just three points clear of Queens Park Rangers FC, who themselves are are only four from safety thanks to a 2-1 win at Southampton FC on manager Harry Redknapp's 66th birthday.

Three points behind Everton are Merseyside rivals Liverpool FC, 4-0 victors at Wigan Athletic FC. Stewart Downing opened the scoring after just two minutes before Luis Suárez came to the fore. The Uruguay forward struck his second hat-trick this term to take his league tally for the season to 21, more than any other player in the division.

Elsewhere, League Cup winners Swansea City AFC defeated Newcastle United FC 1-0, West Ham United FC won by the same scoreline at Stoke City FC and Sunderland AFC versus Fulham FC ended 2-2.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.46CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 08/03/2013 17:18 CET

02/03/2013

WiganWigan0-4LiverpoolLiverpool

Downing 2, Suárez 18, 34, 49

Venue: Wigan

02/03/2013

StokeStoke0-1West HamWest Ham

Collison 45+4

Venue: Stoke

02/03/2013

SunderlandSunderland2-2FulhamFulham

Gardner 37 (P), Sessegnon 70

Berbatov 16 (P), Riether 34

Venue: Sunderland

02/03/2013

ChelseaChelsea1-0West BromWest Brom

Ba 28

Venue: London

02/03/2013

SwanseaSwansea1-0NewcastleNewcastle

Moore 85

Venue: Swansea

02/03/2013

EvertonEverton3-1ReadingReading

Fellaini 42, Pienaar 59, Mirallas 66

Robson-Kanu 84

Venue: Liverpool

02/03/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United4-0NorwichNorwich

Kagawa 45+1, 76, 87, Rooney 90

Venue: Manchester

02/03/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton1-2QPRQPR

Ramirez 45+1

Rémy 14, Bothroyd 77

Venue: Southampton

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