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1Chelsea12+1932
2Southampton11+1825
3Manchester City12+1124
4Manchester United12+419
5Newcastle United12-119
6West Ham United12+418
7Swansea City12+318
8Arsenal12+517
9Everton12+317
10Stoke City12-215

Barclays Premier League

Wednesday 21 March

Everton 0-1 Arsenal
Man City 2-1 Chelsea
QPR 3-2 Liverpool
Spurs 1-1 Stoke City

21/03/2012 21:36, Report by Adam Bostock
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City cut United's lead

United's lead in the Barclays Premier League was reduced to one point on Wednesday night - but only just, as rivals Manchester City survived a scare.

Roberto Mancini's men went 1-0 down on the hour mark at the Etihad Stadium when Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored a scrappy goal, and the home side needed a 78th-minute penalty converted by Sergio Aguero - after handball by Michael Essien - to equalise.

City were then poised to drop two home points, but snatched all three when former United striker Carlos Tevez - making his controversial return to action for the Blues - set up ex-Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri for a priceless winner in the 85th minute.

The 2-1 success was City's 20th consecutive home win in the league, setting a new record for the Premier League. More importantly, it gives them the chance to go back into pole position above United on Saturday evening - albeit having played one game more - by either drawing or winning away at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium.

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