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Gunners Move Five Points Ahead Of Toon
Published : 09 Apr 2012 10:43:36Rss feed
Manchester United have moved eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after they beat 10-man QPR 2-0 and Manchester City lost 1-0 at Arsenal. Manchester United 2 QPR 0Arsenal 1 Manchester City 0
Balotelli was deservedly sent off in the final minute after referee Martin Atkinson and assistant Peter Kirkup somehow failed to spot his first-half knee-high tackle on Alex Song, and he could now face a lengthy ban.
His eventual dismissal came moments after Arteta's spectacular winner for the Gunners boosted their bid for a top-four finish.
After the woodwork twice again came to City's rescue in the second half, the Gunners were not to be denied as, with three minutes left, Arteta strode forwards to smash a 25-yard drive past Joe Hart into the bottom corner
City finished the match with 10 men when Balotelli was shown a second yellow card for clattering into Bacary Sagna.
Rooney, who was fortunate to escape punishment for an earlier rash challenge on Samba Diakite, drilled the Red Devils in front from the penalty spot after an incident which saw Shaun Derry sent off.
The QPR captain was penalised for an apparent tug on Ashley Young, but the United winger made the most of any contact and was also offside when the ball was played into the box.
QPR were already struggling to get a foothold in the game at that stage and, despite the occasional foray into the opposition half, spent most of the match penned in by the leaders.
Rafael da Silva was denied by a combination of Paddy Kenny and the crossbar before the irrepressible Scholes put the game beyond doubt by rifling home from 25 yards on 68 minutes.
Michael Carrick then smacked a thunderbolt against the post, but it was his midfield partner Scholes who earned the plaudits with a great performance.