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MANCHESTER---Manchester City ended Liver-
pool s short stay at the top of the Premier League
and moved ahead of its title rival after Alvaro
Negredo secured a 2-1 victory in their Boxing Day
England s most potent attacking team quickly
recovered after Phillippe Coutinho put Liverpool
ahead in the 24th minute.
Vincent Kompany headed City level seven minutes
later and Negredo s high shot was fumbled into the
net by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on the
stroke of halftime.
City ended the day as it started: a point behind
the leaders. But Arsenal is now back atop the stand-
ings, and City moved up a place to second. Liverpool
dropped from first to fourth as a four-match winning
Arsenal and Manchester United both came from
behind to win with bottom-place Sunderland pro-
ducing the only Boxing Day shock by beating high-
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was sent off for
bringing down Ki Sung-Yeung, who then scored
from the penalty spot to give Sunderland a 1-0
victory against the fifth-place team.
United conceded twice in the opening 13 minutes
at Hull, but Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney drew
the defending champions level before James Chester s
own goal gave them a 3-2 win.
After Arsenal gifted West Ham the lead, Theo
Walcott scored twice and Lukas Podolski added
another to clinch a 3-1 victory.
Arsenal went top but could be overtaken later if
Liverpool beat Manchester City. Chelsea is two
points off the lead after Eden Hazard s swerving
shot secured a 1-0 victory over Swansea.
Newcastle is closing in on the top four after routing
Stoke 5-1 to remain ahead of Manchester United in
Tottenham dropped to eighth after Tim Sherwood s
first match in full charge ended in a 1-1 draw against
West Bromwich Albion.
Cardiff could be the next club searching for a new
manager as Malky Mackay s side was beaten 3-0
A change of manager has sparked a revival at
Crystal Palace, with Tony Pulis producing a third
success of the month after Dwight Gayle clinched
a 1-0 win at Aston Villa in stoppage time.
Rene Meulensteen is celebrating his second win
as Fulham manager after his struggling team came
from behind to overcome Norwich 2-1.
At Upton Park, Arsenal fell behind when goalkeeper
Wojciech Szczesny spilled Kevin Nolan s shot and
Carlton Cole pounced to score a minute into the
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was also culpable
for Arsenal s equaliser, with Walcott cutting in from
the right and shooting between his legs in the 68th.
Walcott headed Arsenal in front three minutes
later, and Lukas Podolski rounded off the win that
sent West Ham into the relegation zone.
At Hull, United conceded twice in 13 minutes
after traffic delayed the team s journey.
Former United youth team player Alex Bruce rose
above Patrice Evra and headed a corner on for Chester
who volleyed in his first league goal. Chester made
just one appearance for United---in 2009---and, after
several spells away from Old Trafford on loan, the
defender moved to Hull in 2011.
United s defense was breached again when David
Meyler s shot deflected off Jonny Evans past goal-
keeper David de Gea.
United s comeback began with Chris Smalling
heading in Wayne Rooney s free kick, and by the
26th minute, the visitors were level. Rooney played
a one-two with Welbeck before volleying in his
150th league goal for United from the edge of the
United was gifted the winner in the 66th when
Young s cross was inadvertently headed into his own
net by Chester.
United manager David Moyes blamed the early
goals on the travel problems.
"We got back into it and deservedly so," Moyes
said. "There were a few scary moments at the end
but we should have got ourselves a fourth goal and
Newcastle also fell behind at home to Stoke but
the comeback began after the visitors had two players
sent off in the last five minutes of the first half.
Glenn Whelan earned a second yellow card, and
Marc Wilson was given a straight red card three
minutes later for hauling Remy down inside the box.
Loic Remy s penalty was saved by Stoke goalkeeper
Thomas Sorensen but he equalised seconds later
with a deflected effort.
After the break, Yoan Gouffran quickly put New-
castle in front before Remy scored his second, while
Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse also netted.
On a day of comebacks, Scott Parker scored in
the 87th to give Fulham a much-needed win at Nor-
wich after Pajtim Kasami canceled out Gary Hooper s
opener for hosts.
At Cardiff, all the goals came in the first half,
with Jay Rodriguez netting twice and Rickie Lambert
completing a comfortable win for Southampton.
has hired Juan Anto-
nio Pizzi as coach, its
fourth in the last year
and a half.
interim coach Nico
Estevez, who took
over after Miroslav
Djukic s six-month
tenure ended with his
firing last week.
Valencia is in 11th
place in the Spanish
league and five points
above the relegation
Pizzi guided San
Lorenzo to Argentina s
Torneo Inicial title in
Pizzi played for
Villarreal and Tener-
ife. He was the
league s leading scorer
with 31 goals for
Tenerife in the 1995-
Valencia is heavily
indebted and among
seven Spanish clubs
being investigated by
the European Union
for the alleged receipt
of illegal public aid.
became the first A-
League team to notch
100 victories with a
5-2 win over Sydney
Alessandro Del Piero
scored in his return to
the lineup from a back
injury, but the Roar s
Dimitri Petratos had
three goals, including
two from penalties.
Thomas Broich and
Ivan Franjic also
scored for Brisbane
and Richard Garcia
scored a late goal for
The Roar increased
their lead to five
points over the West-
ern Sydney Wander-
ers, who play the
Heart host Wellington
ManCity. . . . . . . . . .18.12. .2. .4. .53.21. .38.32
Liverpool. . . . . . . . . .18. .11. .3. .4. .43.21. .36.22
Newcastle. . . . . . . .18.10. .3. .5. .29.23. .33. . .6
ManUnited. . . . . . .18. .9. .4. .5. .31.22. .31. . .9
Tottenham. . . . . . .18. .9. .4. .5. .19.24. .31. .-5
Southampton. . . . .18. . .7. .6. .5. .25.18. .27. . .7
SwanseaCity. . . . .18. . .5. .5. .8. .23.24.20. .-1
AstonVilla. . . . . . . .18. . .5. .4. .9. .17.24. .19. .-7
NorwichCity. . . . . .18. . .5. .4. .9. .16.31. .19.-15
WestBrom. . . . . . . .18. . .3. .8. .7. .19.24. .17. .-5
CardiffCity. . . . . . . .18. .4. .5. .9. .13.28. .17.-15
CrystalPalace. . . . .18. . .5. .1.12. .12.27. .16.-15
WestHam. . . . . . . .18. . .3. .5.10. .15.25. .14.-10
Sunderland. . . . . . . .18. . .3. .4. .11. .13.30. .13.-17
Negredo gives Man City
2-1 victory over Liverpool
left, has a shot
match at the
the winning goal
City's 2-1 victory
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