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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Man City beats rival Man U 6-1

Associated Press

LONDON -- Manchester City routed crosstown rival Manchester United 6-1 Sunday, opening a five-point lead in the Premier League with its highest-scoring win at Old Trafford since 1926.

Mario Balotelli starred a day after escaping a fire at his home in suburban Manchester, putting City ahead in the 22nd minute, then doubling the lead in the 60th, 13 minutes after Jonny Evans was ejected for bringing down the Italian forward.

Sergio Aguero -- Diego Maradona's son-in-law -- made it 3-0 in the 69th before Darren Fletcher scored for the defending champions in the 81st. Edin Dzeko made it 4-1 in the 89th, David Silva added a goal in the first minute of stoppage time and Dzeko got his second goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

United, a 19-time Premier League champion, had won 19 consecutive league home games and had been unbeaten in 37 games overall at home. The Red Devils had not lost a league match at Old Trafford by five goals since a 5-0 defeat to City on Feb. 12, 1955, and had not conceded six goals at home in the league since a 7-4 loss to Newcastle on Sept. 13, 1930.

"It's the worst result in my history, ever," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "I can't believe the score line."

City had not scored six goals at Old Trafford since a 6-1 win on Jan. 23, 1926.

"I'm satisfied because we beat United away and I don't think there are a lot of teams that could win here," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "I think this game is important because we beat them at Old Trafford but not for the 6-1."

Bidding for its first league title since 1968, City (8-0-1) spurted ahead of second-place United (6-1-2).

Third-place Chelsea (6-2-1), which is one point behind United, lost 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers (3-3-3) after Jose Bosingwa was ejected in the 33rd minute and Didier Drogba in the 41st. Heidar Helguson converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute after his shirt was tugged by David Luiz in the penalty area. Seven Chelsea players received yellow cards from referee Chris Foy in an ill-tempered London derby at Loftus Road.

In the day's other games, substitute Robin van Persie scored in the 73rd and 82nd minutes to lead seventh-place Arsenal (4-4-1) over Stoke 3-1; Everton and American goalkeeper Tim Howard needed a 90th-minute goal from Louis Saha and a stoppage-time goal from Jack Rodwell to win 3-1 at Fulham (1-4-4), which got a 67th-minute goal from Bryan Ruiz off a pass from American Clint Dempsey; and Rafael van der Vaart scored twice as fifth-place Tottenham (5-2-1) and American goalkeeper Brad Friedel won 2-1 at last-place Blackburn (1-6-2).

Italy

Substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng scored a hat trick as defending champion AC Milan overcame a three-goal halftime deficit to win 4-3 at Lecce.

Giullermo Giacomazzi put 18th-place Lecce (1-5-1) ahead with a header in the fourth minute, Massimo Oddo converted a penalty kick in the 30th and Carlos Grossmuller scored in the 37th.

Boateng entered at the start of the second half and scored in the 49th, 55th and 63rd minutes, and defender Mario Yepes headed in Antonio Casano's cross in the 83rd.

AC Milan (3-2-2) is seventh with 11 points, four behind first-place Udinese (4-0-3), which won 3-0 at Novara as Antonio Di Natale scored in the 33rd and 49th minutes and assisted on Maurizio Domizzi's goal in the 39th. Lazio (4-1-2) is second, one point back, after winning 2-0 at 19th-place Bologna (1-5-1) on a 23rd-minute own goal by Robert Acquafresca and Senad Lulic's goal in the 48th. Cagliari (3-1-3) remained a point behind third-place Juventus (3-0-4) following a 0-0 tie at fifth-place Napoli (3-2-2-), and Inter Milan (2-4-1) moved into 16th place with a 1-0 win against visiting Chievo Verona as Thiago Motta tapped in Wesley Sneijder's corner kick in the 34th minute. Roma (3-2-2) won 1-0 against Palmero (3-3-1) on Erik Manuel Lamala's seventh-minute goal.

Spain

Levante moved into the Spanish league lead for the first time in its 102-year history, winning 3-0 at Villarreal for its sixth consecutive win.

Juanlu Gomez scored in the 16th and 43rd minutes at El Madrigal stadium, and Arouna Kone added a goal in the 58th. Defender Sergio Ballesteros cleared a late shot by New Jersey-born forward Giuseppe Rossi off the goal line, preserving Levante's fifth shutout this season.

Levante (6-0-2), which has the smallest budget in Spain's first division, has 20 points, one ahead of second-place Real Madrid (6-1-1) and two in front of three-time defending champion Barcelona (5-0-3), which was held to a 0-0 tie Saturday at home against Sevilla. Levante, which was in the second division two seasons ago, has beating Real Madrid and high-spending Malaga this season.

Atletico Madrid (2-2-4) tied 1-1 with visiting Mallorca (2-3-3), extending its league winless streak to four games. Tomer Hemed converted his fourth penalty kick in the last three matches in the second minute, but Radamel Falcao made a penalty kick for Atletico in the 42nd.

Germany

Hannover ended Bayern Munich's streaks of eight straight Bundesliga wins and shutouts with a 2-1 victory.

Mohammed Abdellaoue converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute after Bayern captain Philipp Lahm brought down American defender Steve Cherundolo, who is Hannover's captain, in the penalty area.

Manuel Neuer guessed the right way but Abdellaoue struck the ball inside the left post to end the goalkeeper's record of 770 minutes without conceding in the Bundesliga.

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng was ejected five minutes later for hitting Christian Schultz after players from both sides became embroiled in a melee when Bayern defender Rafinha cut down Sergio Pinto.

Christian Pander scored Hannover's second goal in the 50th, and Cherundolo was ejected for a second yellow card after he held Franck Ribery in the 63rd.

David Alaba scored in the 83rd for Bayern (7-2-1), which has a three-point lead over second-place Borussia Dortmund.

Jefferson Farfan scored late in his 100th Bundesliga appearance for third-place Schalke (6-4) in a 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen (4-4-2).

In the second division, American forward Edson Buddle scored his sixth goal of the season in the 52nd minute of Ingolstadt's 3-1 home loss to Alemannia Aachen.

France

Nene scored in the 42nd and 90th minutes as first-place Paris Saint-Germain (8-1-2) beat Dijon 2-0 and maintained a three-point lead over Montpeller (7-2-2) in the French league.

Lille (6-1-4) is third, four points off the lead, after rallying for a 3-1 win over fifth-place Lyon (6-3-2). Jimmy Briand put visiting Lyon ahead in the 22nd minute, but Moussa Sow tied the score in first-half injury time after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris spilled a header from Marko Basa following a corner kick. Marko Basa outjumped defender Bakary Kone in the 64th to head home Dimitri Payet's corner kick, and Joe Cole scored off a pass from Sow in the 83rd.

Fourth-place Rennes (6-2-3) defeated Auxerre 1-0 on a goal by Julien Feret in the 74th.

Netherlands

Rasmus Elm scored the only goal to help AZ Alkmaar extend its lead at the top of the Dutch league with a 1-0 win over Roda JC.

Elm's 51st-minute corner kick went straight into the net for his seventh league goal of the season.

AZ (8-1-1) is four points ahead of PSV Eindhoven and Twente (both 6-1-3).

Scotland

Rangers (10-0-2) opened a nine-point lead in the Scottish Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Hearts.

Steven Naismith opened the scoring for the defending champions in the 20th minute and substitute Nikica Jelavic sealed the victory with 15 minutes remaining. Rangers has not given up a goal in six straight league road wins this season.

Third-place Celtic (7-3-1) beat Aberdeen 2-1 on goals by Ki Sung-yeung and Charlie Mulgrew to win for the first time in five league matches and pull within a point of second-place Motherwell (7-3-2).

Denmark

Former Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe scored twice as AaB Aalborg won 2-1 at home over OB Odense in the Danish league.

Rolfe converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute and scored again with six minutes remaining after Chris Sorensen had tied the score with a penalty kick in the 19th.