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Manchester City lose their first game in two years at Etihad Stadium

December 9, 2012

Van Persie Manchester United

Manchester City lost their first game in two years at their home turf, Emirates stadium, resulting in United being six points clear on top of the table. The score finished 3-2, which has been one of Manchester United’s favourite score line in the recent past. It was Van Persie’s extra time goal, which robbed City points at home.

The first half witnessed a game where Manchester United’s striker, Wayne Rooney was on the score sheet twice early on the game, which set the momentum for the rest of the match. But, most of the action took place in the second half with 3 goals (one from United, two from City). Yaya Toure and Zabaleta scored for Manchester City, who had many a chances to seal the game as well, but they were unlucky on several counts during the final third. Manchester City dominated the game in the second half especially after Carlos Tevez was brought in by Mancini, their manager replacing Balotelli.

Though, the game was played at a high tempo, but it was the off field incident which took centre stage when Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown at him by a Manchester City fan when he was celebrating Van Persie’s goal in the corner of the ground, where Man City supporters were present. As a result, it struck the player above the eye, splitting the skin, which made it look bloody.

The beautiful game suddenly became violent where Manchester City players looked furious after they conceded late, which was evident when Carlos Tevez kicked a United player in front of Alex Ferguson along the touch line.  It was an offense, which deserved at least a second yellow card for Tevez, but the referee felt otherwise. Tevez was indeed lucky to stay in the park.

With this win, Manchester United looks comfortable on top of the EPL standings. Other teams in the EPL have to play catch up else it is going to be Manchester United, who is going to win the 2012/2013 EPL title.

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