Premier League leaders Chelsea FC suffered a major setback in the English title race after John Terry's second-half own goal sent them crashing to a 1-0 defeat in the London derby at Crystal Palace FC.
Chelsea's brief going into the 16.00CET kick-off at Selhurst Park had been to extend their one-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool FC – home to Tottenham Hotspur FC tomorrow – at the summit. However, 16th-ranked Palace deservedly went in front through John Terry's 52nd-minute intervention. It prompted a second successive away defeat for José Mourinho's men and signalled Palace's first scalp of the Stamford Bridge club in 24 years. Liverpool can claim pole position tomorrow.
Manchester City FC themselves missed the opportunity to go top as Manuel Pellegrini's team could only draw 1-1 in the evening match at Arsenal FC. Three points away to the fourth-placed Gunners would have put City first on goal difference but Mathieu Flamini restored parity early in the second period following David Silva's 18th-minute opener. City, in third, remain two adrift of Chelsea and one behind Liverpool, albeit with two and one games respectively in hand on their championship rivals.
Manchester United FC, in seventh, came from behind to win 4-1 at home to Aston Villa FC in the lunchtime fixture. Ashley Westwood put Villa ahead with a free-kick but Wayne Rooney nodded in Shinji Kagawa's cross and made it 2-1 from the penalty spot just before half-time. Juan Mata's first goal for United – a low finish after good work from Marouane Fellaini – then gave under-fire manager David Moyes a welcome cushion, with Javier Hernández's last-gasp tap-in completing the victory.
Southampton FC beat Newcastle United FC 4-0 with strikes either side of the interval from Jay Rodriguez and Ricky Lambert, supplemented by an Adam Lallana belter and a second for Rodriguez, to leapfrog their visitors into eighth position. Home advantage also told as Stoke City FC made it three straight wins, Peter Odemwingie's solitary second-half effort felling Hull City AFC.
There was a crucial victory for Swansea City AFC, 3-0 at home to Norwich City FC, Jonathan De Guzmán's double and another from Wayne Routledge enabling them to move above Norwich into 13th spot.
Further down the table West Bromwich Albion FC surrendered leads of 2-0 and, at the death, 3-2 – and with it the opportunity to head towards safety – in a 3-3 home draw with third-bottom Cardiff City FC. Jordan Mutch and Steven Caulker nullified early goals by Jordan Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans, before Thievy Bifouma's apparent stoppage-time clincher was instantly cancelled out by Cardiff's Mats Møller Dæhli.
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Terry 52 (og)
|Venue: West Bromwich|
|Man. United||4-1||Aston Villa|
|3||Manchester City FC||30||67|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur FC||31||56|
|7||Manchester United FC||32||54|
|9||Newcastle United FC||32||46|
|10||Stoke City FC||32||40|
|11||West Ham United FC||31||34|
|12||Aston Villa FC||31||34|
|13||Swansea City AFC||32||33|
|14||Hull City AFC||32||33|
|15||Norwich City FC||32||32|
|16||Crystal Palace FC||31||31|
|17||West Bromwich Albion FC||31||29|
|18||Cardiff City FC||32||26|