Premier League Sunday scores and review – Manchester clubs kick clear
Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of winning the 2011-12 Premier League suffered a huge blow on Sunday afternoon when the north London side went down 3-2 at Eastlands thanks to a controversial Mario Balotelli penalty.
January 22nd, 2012
The Italian was fortunate to remain on the pitch after appearing to stamp on Scott Parker, although Ledley King’s foul on the Manchester City striker in the penalty area saw Balotelli step up and convert a 90th minute spot kick.
Just seconds before, Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe nearly combined with a Tottenham winner and it was the same two players who had helped Spurs recover from going two goals down to draw level in a matter of minutes.
Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott appeared to have given City an unassailable 2-0 lead before the visitors pegged them back with goals on the hour mark although it was Roberto Mancini’s team who were celebrating come the final whistle.
A couple of hours later and Manchester United were able to keep pace with their arch-rivals after a 2-1 win at Arsenal with saw Danny Welbeck clinch a late winner for the Red Devils which was fully deserved.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team completely dominated the first half before Ryan Giggs’ cross was met by the head of Antonio Valencia, although the champions were unable to double their advantage.
Arsenal looked as though they might steal a point when Robin Van Persie neatly finished after good work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, although Valencia’s run into the area went unchecked and Welbeck was in the right place to slot the ball home.
Sunday Premier League scores
Manchester City 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2