Wednesday 26 December 2012
A last-minute goal from Javier Hernandez sent Manchester United seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. The United striker struck the decisive goal after his side went behind three times to Newcastle United before emerging 4-3 winners.
James Perch put Newcastle ahead but Jonny Evans equalised before the Manchester United defender put through his own net to restore Newcastle’s lead. Patrice Evra equalised in the second half before Papiss Cisse made it 3-2 to Newcastle. Robin van Persie drew the sides level again before Hernandez scored having missed several clear opportunities.
This result combined with Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat by Sunderland gave United a seven-point lead. Adam Johnson struck against his former side who have Chelsea four points behind with a match in hand after Rafael Benitez’s side beat Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Juan Mata’s goal.
Elsewhere, Everton rose to joint-fourth place by beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 at Goodison Park, with Tottenham Hotspur on the same tally thanks to a 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa in which Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick.
West Bromwich Albion are also on 33 points after edging Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road. Down at the bottom, Reading were held goalless by Swansea City but that point was enough to lift the Berkshire side off the bottom and above Harry Redknapp's side.
Elsewhere Rickie Lambert's penalty for Southampton cancelled out Dimitar Berbatov's first-half goal for Fulham.
In the late match two goals from Jonathan Walters helped Stoke City come from behind beat Liverpool 3-1 and leapfrog their opponents to move up to eighth in the League. Liverpool had taken the lead after two minutes through Steven Gerrard's penalty but Walters and a goal from Kenwyne Jones turned the match around.
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FT Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City | #SUNMCI | Matchday Live >>
FT Aston Villa 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur | #AVLTOT | Matchday Live >>
FT Stoke 3-1 Liverpool | #STKLIV | Matchday Live >>