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Silva lining for Man City

The Spanish midfielder scores to take team to top of the table. Results

sports Updated: Dec 20, 2011 01:39 IST
Manchester City,David Silva,Manchester United

David Silva restored Manchester City’s two-point lead in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday after Wayne Rooney's lightning-fast header had helped Manchester United briefly return to the top.

Silva’s 53rd-minute tap-in at the far post from close range, after Wojciech Szczesny parried a fierce shot by Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero nodded on the rebound, settled an end-to-end thriller at the Etihad.

While Arsenal proved tough nuts to crack in freezing Manchester, where the Londoners posed a constant threat right up to the final whistle, United were 1-0 up after just 52 seconds at promoted Queens Park Rangers thanks to Rooney's diving effort.

City, who suffered their first league defeat of the season last week at Chelsea, now have 41 points from 16 matches, two ahead of United.

Tottenham win
Tottenham Hotspur kept up the pressure, beating Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane to take third place on 34 points with game in hand on the leaders.

Roman Pavlyuchenko grabbed the winner in the 61st minute. Chelsea fell to fourth on 32 points with Arsenal fifth on 29 and ahead of Liverpool.

Wasted chances
City, with Samir Nasri and Kolo Toure facing their former team mates in an intense and compelling clash between two great passing teams, knew what they had to do.

At the Arsenal end, Aguero missed an early chance to score while Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta hit the post with a fierce drive.

First Published: Dec 18, 2011 23:56 IST