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Manchester City needed a deflected injury-time goal by Yaya Toure to put away managerless Swansea 2-1 and provisionally return to first place in the English Premier League on Saturday.

By AP NEWS
December 12, 2015

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City needed a deflected injury-time goal by Yaya Toure to put away managerless Swansea 2-1 and provisionally return to first place in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Swansea couldn't have picked a much tougher game following the firing of Garry Monk on Thursday, but the visitors looked like they would leave Etihad Stadium with a point after Bafetimbi Gomis equalized in the 90th minute.

Wilfried Bony, who left Swansea for 25 million pounds ($38 million) in January, put City in front with a 26th-minute header but the title favorites of many pundits again failed to convince.

City, however, is top — at least until Arsenal, which started the weekend in second place and a point ahead of City, plays Aston Villa on Sunday. Leicester looks to retain its surprise lead by beating Chelsea on Monday.

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On a subdued day in England's top division, Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth league game in a row for Everton in a 1-1 draw at Norwich and another in-form striker, Odion Ighalo, grabbed Watford's winner in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland. It was Ighalo's 10th goal of the season, while Lukaku has 12.

Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 thanks to France midfielder Yohan Cabaye's first-half goal, while West Ham and Stoke drew 0-0.

Manchester United looks to bounce back from getting eliminated from the Champions League in midweek in an away match at Bournemouth, which beat Chelsea last weekend.

 

 

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