Manchester United scored an injury-time winner to defeat arch-rivals Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday in the Premier League.
United took the lead against the run of play in the 16th minute, as Wayne Rooney’s mishit shot squirmed into the net.
The visitors were two goals up in the 29th minute. Brazilian full-back Rafael escaped down the right-wing and produced a cross that found Rooney, who side-footed an effort past Joe Hart.
City brought on Carlos Tevez early in the second half for Mario Balotelli and it proved a clever move by City boss Roberto Mancini.
The Argentinian striker had a hand in City’s first goal in the 60th minute. The substitute teed-up midfielder Yaya Toure to side foot past David De Gea. With time running out City scored an equaliser.
Carlos Tevez’s corner kick was headed clear by Robin Van Persie, but City full-back Pablo Zabaleta fired the ball back in past De Gea in the United goal. Just as it seemed that the game was heading for a draw United snatched an injury-time winner.
Rafael was fouled by Tevez just outside the penalty area. Striker Robin Van Persie struck a decent free-kick that deflected off Samir Nasri’s outstretched leg and into the corner of the City net. The celebrations were soured by United defender Rio Ferdinand being struck by a coin thrown by a City fan.
The victory moved United six points clear of the champions and gave the Red Devils the upper hand in the chase for the Premier League title.
Elsewhere Everton moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table with an amazing late 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Goodison Park. Clint Dempsey gave Tottenham the lead, but goals in injury-time from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic secured victory for the Toffees.
Other Premier League result:
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
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