Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester City got three second- half goals to defeat Aston Villa 4-1 to move atop England’s Premier League as Manchester United tied at Liverpool 1-1.
Chelsea stayed in third place by beating Everton 3-1 in London, and is now one point behind United.
City took a first-half lead with a goal from Mario Balotelli, and then added scores from Adam Johnson in the 47th minute, Vincent Kompany five minutes later and James Milner in the 71st minute. Villa, which suffered its first defeat of the league season, got a 65th-minute goal from Stephen Warnock.
City and United entered the day tied on points after seven games, with United holding a one-goal edge on goal difference. City, which suspended striker Carlos Tevez for disobeying manager Roberto Mancini in a Sept. 27 Champions League loss, was able to get advantage of Villa’s defending while resting several players, including France’s Samir Nasri, who played for their national teams last week.
“We played with players who were here this week and we played well,” Mancini said in a televised interview. It was important to rest David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Nasri “because they played two games this week - if not it could be bad later in the season.”
In Liverpool, United’s Javier Hernandez scored 9 minutes from the end to even the match after Steven Gerrard’s free kick gave the home side the lead in the 68th minute.
Liverpool had more than half the possession in the game, and had 8 shots to United’s 3.
“I’m sure our fans will feel a little hard done by,” Gerrard said. “We’re playing the best side in the league, so I suppose it’s fair enough.”
City has 22 points, two more than United after 8 games. Liverpool is in 5th place with 14 points.
Chelsea got first half goals from Daniel Sturridge and John Terry and Ramires scored in the 61st minute. Everton got a 81st minute goal from striker Apostolos Vellios, who’d come on a minute earlier.
Stoke defeated Fulham 2-0 with second-half goals from Jonathan Walters and Rory Delap, while Bolton won 3-1 at Wigan to move out of the bottom three, getting goals from Nigel Reo- Coker, David Ngog and Chris Eagles.
Queen’s Park Rangers tied 1-1 at home with Blackburn and Norwich defeated Swansea 3-1 at home in a game between two promoted teams.
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