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MANCHESTER---Manchester City trimmed
the gap to Premier League leader Chelsea to
three points by embarrassing fierce rival
Manchester United in a 3-0 win at Old Traf-
Arsenal failed to keep pace in the title race,
however, by conceding an own goal in the last
minute to draw 2-2 at home to Swansea and
lie six points behind Chelsea.
In the other match, Everton beat Newcastle
3-0 away to jump to fifth and keep alive its
outside chances of finishing in the top four.
Edin Dzeko scored inside 43 seconds and
again in the second half as Manchester City
inflicted more misery on Manchester United.
Yaya Toure added a third goal in the 90th
minute to seal United s second humiliating 3-
0 loss to a fierce rival at Old Trafford in ten
days, following its humbling by Liverpool. The
champions are guaranteed to finish with their
lowest points haul in the Premier League era
and jeopardised their hopes of even qualifying
for next season s Europa League.
Dzeko set City on its way to a one-sided
victory---and a derby double in the league---
with the quickest ever Premier League away
goal at Old Trafford and scored a volleyed sec-
ond in the 56th.
City, which has two games in hand over
Chelsea, has removed supposedly one of its
toughest fixtures in a run-in that also includes
matches at title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.
In truth, though, it will go down as one of its
most routine wins of the campaign, with Unit-
ed outclassed from the first whistle and barely
threatening City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
It was yet another chastening home defeat
for David Moyes---United s sixth in the league
this season---and left the team seventh in the
standings, five points behind sixth-place Tot-
tenham in what is proving a wretched defense
of the title.
With United struggling badly in Moyes first
season and its neighbour embroiled in the title
race, City manager Manuel Pellegrini raised
the temperature in English football s northern
hotbed by saying in February: "If we only
consider this season, there is just one club in
Manchester---and it is ours."
Not since the 1977-78 season has City held
such a dominant cushion over United in terms
of league points heading into a derby.
United has had to wait five weeks to actively
reply to that taunt but City rammed home its
superiority within a minute.
Rafael da Silva produced a tremendous last-
ditch tackle on Silva but City regained pos-
session and after Samir Nasri dragged a shot
against the inside of the post, Dzeko---fit after
a bout of sickness---was on hand to bundle in
the rebound. United great George Best holds
the record for the quickest goal in a Manchester
derby---after 38 seconds in 1968.
City went into halftime with just a one-
goal lead but it really should have been more,
with the superb Silva and Dzeko wasting other
great chances in the opening 20 minutes as
United s creaky defense was opened up time
and again. Midfield was always going to be
area where United would be under pressure
and it simply couldn t cope with the nimble-
ness of Silva and the power of Toure early on.
United was lucky to reach the break with
ten men after Marouane Fellaini raised his
elbow in the 30th toward Pablo Zabaleta, who
had earlier scythed down by Danny Welbeck
in a gruesome-looking collision.
The match ran the same course in the second
half, with City showing much more class and
composure on the ball, and Dzeko s second
goal virtually ended the game as a contest.
It was simple in its execution, Nasri whip-
ping an outswinging corner to the near post
for Dzeko to guide a volley into the top corner.
Rio Ferdinand was left trailing in the Bosnian s
Moyes had a dilemma now---go for broke
and risk being carved open like it was against
Liverpool or tighten ranks and seek damage
In the end, he did neither and Toure drove
a powerful strike across United keeper David
De Gea and into the corner with seconds left
in normal time, wrapping up a third straight
league win at Old Trafford.
Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on
Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoral-
ising result after rallying for a 2-1 lead---only
to concede a fluke equaliser.
Per Mertesacker slid in front of Leon Britton
to clear a dangerous ball, but it bounced off
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny onto Mathieu
Flamini and into the net.
Arsenal had trailed after Wilfried Bony put
the visitors ahead with a header in the 11th
minute. But substitute Lukas Podolski equalised
in the 73rd and then set up Olivier Giroud for
the second less than 70 seconds later.
However, the late equaliser leaves Arsenal
six points behind leader Chelsea in fourth
That last Champions League spot now sud-
denly looks vulnerable as well, with Everton
six points behind with a game in hand as
Arsenal looks increasingly likely to finish yet
another season fighting for fourth place. (AP)
MILAN---Inter Milan president Erick
Thohir is considering an overhaul of
players and staff if the season does
not end well.
After a poor start to 2014, Inter is
firmly in the race for a Europa League
spot. The Nerazzurri are sixth in Serie
A after losing for the first time in
seven matches over the weekend, but
Thohir says no-one s job is secure for
next season. including coach Walter
"They are all, including the players,
under exam," Thohir said. "It s right
to have confidence in everyone, but
also right that everyone is up to the
Thohir is planning to invest in the
offseason, especially on a striker, and
is looking to sign big names such as
Edin Dzeko from Manchester City,
Fernando Torres of Chelsea, and Al-
varo Morata of Real Madrid, who are
all expected to leave their respected
Inter has already signed Manchester
United captain Nemanja. (AP)
Thohir: Everyone at Inter under scrutiny
Alessandro Florenzi scored a stoppage-
time winner to keep Roma s faint title
hopes alive as it beat Torino 2-1 at home
in Serie A yesterday.
The exuberant celebrations of the Roma
players and coach Rudi Garcia demonstrated
precisely how important the goal was.
Second-placed Roma moved 11 points
behind Juventus. Antonio Conte s side can
restore its 14-point advantage with a win
at home to Parma today---although it will
have then played a game more than Roma.
Garcia s team moved nine points clear
of third-placed Napoli.
Leading Serie A goalscorer Ciro Immobile
scored a stunning volley for Torino to cancel
out Mattia Destro s opener.
Immobile again boosted his chances of
being included in Italy s World Cup squad
as he scored his 17th league goal of the
season in front of national team coach
It was Roma captain Francesco Totti s
700th appearance for the club where he
has spent his entire career.
Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli had
kept his side in the match with a number
of fine saves, including a fantastic double
stop to first deny Destro from point-blank
range before turning Miralem Pjanic s fol-
low-up round his right post.
Destro broke the deadlock four minutes
from halftime, although he was marginally
offside when he collected Gervinho s
through ball, turned and fired past Padelli
at full stretch.
Immobile levelled seven minutes after
the break with an extraordinary volley into
the far side of the net from Giuseppe Vives
long ball. (AP)
MADRID---A second-half goal from Luis
"Pizzi" Afonso earned Espanyol a 2-1 vic-
tory at Malaga in the Spanish league yes-
Cristian Stuani laid the ball off for Sergio
Garcia to smash home an angled shot as
Espanyol took the lead in the 32nd minute.
Malaga levelled two minutes later despite
Pablo Perez being offside when he collected
the ball before lifting a shot over goalkeeper
Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero made
a number of key saves but couldn t reach
Pizzi s winner in the 75th. Malaga s rally
was stalled when Perez was red carded
"An important win for ensuring we stay
up in the first division," Garcia said after
Espanyol reached 40 points to go provi-
sionally eighth. (AP)
City outclasses United
Manchester City's Edin
Dzeko celebrates after
scoring his second goal
United during their English
Premier League football
match at Old Trafford
England, yesterday. City
won 3-0. AP PHOTO
Roma tops Torino
2-1 in Serie A
Malaga 2-1 in la Liga
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