Manchester City FC threw the English title race wide open again after completing a 1-0 victory in the Manchester derby to move above local and title rivals Manchester United FC at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
Vincent Kompany's powerful added-time header at the end of the first half proved the difference between the two sides in a match which City needed to win to breathe new life into a championship challenge that seemed beyond them earlier this month when they trailed United by eight points.
The hosts dominated the match with Sergio Agüero twice passing up chances to score before half-time, lashing a volley over the crossbar on 25 minutes and shooting wide ten minutes later following good approach play by Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta.
Though City were almost caught out with a quickly taken corner that resulted in Park Ji-Sung's skied effort, they took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Kompany rose unmarked to power David Silva's corner past David de Gea.
The defending champions failed to muster a single shot on target throughout the encounter and might have fallen further behind when both Nasri and Yaya Touré, twice, fired wide after promising forays forward. In the end, though, City, who produced six goals in the reverse fixture in October, required just the one to edge Roberto Mancini's side in front in the title race with just two matches remaining.
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