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Tuesday 25 March 2014

Tuesday round-up: Dzeko brace helps seal Manchester derby spoils

Man City maintain title challenge; Everton beat Newcastle; Swansea City hold Arsenal

Edin Dzeko scored two goals as Manchester City closed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea with an emphatic 3-0 derby victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Dzeko scored after 43 seconds to register the fastest away goal at Old Trafford in Barclays Premier League history and although Juan Mata might have levelled matters six minutes before the interval, the City striker added a second 11 minutes into the second half when he reacted first to a Samir Nasri corner.

Yaya Toure then wrapped up victory on 90 minutes with a cool finish from the edge of the penalty area.

Manchester City are now three points behind Chelsea and have two matches in hand.

Meanwhile, in London, Arsenal lost ground in the title race as a dramatic late own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilfried Bony put the visitors in front with an early header, but substitute Lukas Podolski converted from close range in the 73rd minute, before providing the assist for Olivier Giroud to give his side the lead just over one minute later.

The defining moment came in second-half stoppage time, though, when the ball rebounded into the Arsenal net off Flamini after hitting the feet of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The result leaves Arsenal two points adrift of third-placed Liverpool, and six behind leaders Chelsea

And Everton maintained their bid for a place in the top four with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Ross Barkley produced an impressive display and he netted with a magnificent solo goal that gave Everton the lead after 22 minutes while the Toffees deservedly increased their advantage early in the second half thanks to a simple close-range strike from Romelu Lukaku.

And the gloss on a superb Everton display was applied in the closing stages, as Leon Osman rattled home a third.

The victory marks the first time that Everton have completed a Barclays Premier League double over Newcastle since 1999 and moves them to within six points of Arsenal, with a match in hand.

Tuesday results

Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City | #ARSSWA | Matchday Live >>

Man Utd 0-3 Man City | #MUNMCI | Matchday Live >>

Newcastle United 0-3 Everton | #NEWEVE | Matchday Live >>

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