Manchester City came from a goal down to beat league leaders Chelsea at Eastlands, allowing Manchester United to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side had taken an early lead at the City of Manchester Stadium after an unfortunate own goal by Emmanuel Adebayor, but were undone by a goal from the Togo international at the right end and a Carlos Tevez free kick.
City keeper Shay Given saved a late penalty from Frank Lampard to prevent an eighth consecutive draw in the league. The win ends a great week for Mark Hughes’ men after they defeated Arsenal on Wednesday night to claim a spot in the Carling Cup semi finals.
Cross-city rivals United overcame injury problems to comfortably see off West Ham at Upton Park, thus closing the gap on Chelsea to just two points.
Paul Scholes opened the scoring just on half time, with Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney completing the 4-0 win.
Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas missed an early penalty before Andrei Arshavin and Aaron Ramsey both found the net.
Liverpool’s poor run of form continued with a dour 0-0 draw against Blackburn at Ewood Park, and have been overtaken by Aston Villa in the table after Martin O’Neill’s side easily disposed of Hull City by three goals to nil.
Portsmouth beat Burnley 2-0 in the early game, and Birmingham came from behind to defeat Wigan at the DW Stadium as Sebastian Larsson struck twice.
A win for Wolves at Molineux against Bolton lifted them from 19th spot at the expense of their opponents, but they remain in the bottom three.
In Sunday’s games, a Bobby Zamora header was enough for Fulham to overcome Sunderland, while Everton came from two goals down to salvage a point against Tottenham at Goodison Park, with Jermaine Defoe missing a last minute penalty for the visitors.
Spurs raced into a two-goal second half lead through Defoe and Michael Dawson but were pegged back thanks to strikes from Louis Saha and Tim Cahill.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Stoke City
Aston Villa 3 – 0 Hull City
Blackburn Rovers 0 – 0 Liverpool
Everton 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham 1 – 0 Sunderland
Manchester City 2 – 1 Chelsea
Portsmouth 2 – 0 Burnley
West Ham United 0 – 4 Manchester United
Wigan Athletic 1 – 3 Birmingham City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 1 Bolton Wanderers