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City maintain focus to vanquish Villa

Published: Monday 4 March 2013, 22.55CET
Manchester City FC tightened their grip on second place and moved back to within 12 points of the Premier League peak with a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa FC.
City maintain focus to vanquish Villa
Carlos Tévez wheels away after opening the scoring ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 4 March 2013, 22.55CET

City maintain focus to vanquish Villa

Manchester City FC tightened their grip on second place and moved back to within 12 points of the Premier League peak with a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa FC.

Carlos Tévez scored on the stroke of half-time to move Manchester City FC back to within 12 points of the Premier League summit courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa FC. 

The visitors were slow to examine the defensive scars incurred by Paul Lambert's team along a sequence of 12 Premier League games without a clean sheet. Indeed, it was the home side who showed early sparkle as Christian Benteke's firm header from Ashley Westwood's corner was blocked on the line.

City's response was swift, however. Spain schemer David Silva skewered the hosts' defence to free Pablo Zabaleta, who slapped a shot against a post. Villa had been warned but they were powerless to take action. Soon after, Edin Džeko, a replacement for the injured Jack Rodwell, pick-pocketed Ciaran Clark and teed up Tévez, who skipped round Brad Guzan and slotted in.

Both teams traded blows after the restart. Gabriel Agbonlahor headed over from Andreas Weimann's delicious cross, before Matthew Lowton flashed a thunderous strike wide. City – who rattled the woodwork again through Yaya Touré – came back stronger and held their nerve to leave Villa third from bottom. 

Last updated: 04/03/13 23.42CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/03/2013 17:36 CET

04/03/2013

Aston VillaAston Villa0-1Man. CityMan. City

Tévez 45+1

Venue: Birmingham

03/03/2013

TottenhamTottenham2-1ArsenalArsenal

Bale 37, Lennon 39

Mertesacker 51

Venue: London

02/03/2013

WiganWigan0-4LiverpoolLiverpool

Downing 2, Suárez 18, 34, 49

Venue: Wigan

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

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

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