Sunday 12 January 2014
Manchester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to a 2-0 success at Newcastle United, while Liverpool are back in the top four after getting the better of Stoke City in an eight-goal thriller at the Britannia Stadium.
Man City climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle United on Sunday. Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead early on as the visitors made a bright start, but Man City met stiff resistance from a Newcastle side displaying all the mettle in defence and purpose in attack that had earned them victories over Chelsea and Manchester United earlier this season.
A disallowed goal for Cheick Tiote late in the first half also strengthened the hosts' resolve to get something out of a match which only eluded them in added time when they were caught out by Alvaro Negredo's breakway goal.
The result is City's 10th consecutive victory over Newcastle and lifts them a point clear of Chelsea at the summit of the table, although they will be replaced at the top if Arsenal manage to win at Aston Villa on Monday night.
City's successful day was, however, marred by an apparent knee injury to Samir Nasri, who was fouled by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the second half and had to be carried from the field on a stretcher.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Luis Suarez scored twice and Daniel Sturridge marked his return to action with a goal as Liverpool overcame Stoke City 5-3 in a pulsating encounter at a rainswept Britannia Stadium.
The Merseyside club looked to be coasting to their first Barclays Premier League win at the Britannia when Aly Cissokho's speculative strike went in off Ryan Shawcross and Suarez scored his 21st league goal of the season. Stoke had other ideas, though, as former the Liverpool duo of Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam struck in a gripping first half to peg back Brendan Rodgers' side.
Steven Gerrard put Liverpool back in front from the penalty spot on his 650th appearance for the club and Sturridge was the architect for Suarez's second goal before Jon Walters set up a tense finale when he pulled a goal back. But Sturridge scored a goal of his own to seal the points and ensure Liverpool leapfrog Everton into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.
Defeat for Stoke was only their second at home in the league this season and Mark Hughes' side remain 12th, just four points above the relegation zone.
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