Wednesday 21 March 2012

Wednesday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Man City and QPR come from behind to earn significant wins, while Arsenal go third

Samir Nasri scored in the dying moments to earn the win for Manchester City

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

Samir Nasri capped a stunning Manchester City comeback as they set a new Barclays Premier League record with a 20th consecutive home win.

Chelsea had threatened to dent their title hopes when defender Gary Cahill put them in front with a right-foot shot that took a slight deflection.

But Sergio Aguero got City on level terms from the penalty spot and then substitute Carlos Tevez set up Nasri to finish in style and secure all three points.

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Everton 0-1 Arsenal

Thomas Vermaelen got the only goal as Arsenal held on to earn a battling win at Everton that takes them third in the table.

Vermaelen headed home from a Robin van Persie corner in the eighth minute of a strong first-half display that saw Aaron Ramsey and Van Persie also going close.

Everton pushed the Gunners in the second half but struggled to carve out chances and Arsenal collected the three points that saw them move above neighbours Tottenham.

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Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Liverpool

Jamie Mackie scored in injury time to earn QPR a thrilling victory at home over Liverpool, who had held a two-goal lead.

Liverpool failed to convert a number of first-half chances but a stunning strike by Sebastian Coates and a Dirk Kuyt close-range finish put them in the driving seat.

But a Shaun Derry header and a goal from Djibril Cisse against his old club set up a thrilling finish and when Mackie found himself through on goal he made no mistake with a cool finish.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Stoke City

Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart rescued a point for the home side with a late goal, but it was not enough to stop them dropping to fourth in the table.

Cameron Jerome's close-range effort put Stoke ahead with 15 minutes left on the clock at White Hart Lane.

Spurs looked like they were heading for a fourth defeat in a row in the League but Gareth Bale's cross found Van der Vaart to head home.

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Key Points

  • Nasri scores late winner for Man City
  • Arsenal go third with narrow win at Everton
  • QPR come from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool, while Tottenham and Stoke draw