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Manchester United overcame a two- goal deficit to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and increase its lead in English soccer’s Premier League.
Javier Hernandez came off the bench at halftime to score twice as United moved four points ahead of Chelsea, which plays Liverpool tomorrow, at the top of the standings.
“It doesn’t matter who scored the goals,” Hernandez told Sky Sports. “The most important thing is we are top of the league.”
Mark Schwarzer’s penalty kick save in stoppage time preserved Fulham’s 3-3 tie at Arsenal. Everton beat Sunderland 2-1, Stoke defeated Queens Park Rangers 1-0, and West Brom won 2-1 at Wigan. Southampton and Swansea tied 1-1, while Reading and Norwich were scoreless.
Hernandez had his hand in all three goals as United extended its streak to 17 straight away games at Villa Park without a loss. Andreas Weimann gave Villa the lead in first- half stoppage time and made it 2-0 five minutes after the break.
Hernandez, who came on for Ashley Young, first scored in the 58th minute, then fired a shot that deflected off Ron Vlaar for an own-goal five minutes later to tie the score.
United’s Robin Van Persie twice hit the crossbar with shots in the 72nd minute. Hernandez then won the game with three minutes remaining when he headed in Van Persie’s free kick.
At the Emirates Stadium in London, Fulham overcame a two- goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead before Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal. The Gunners had a chance to win after Sascha Riether was called for a handball in the closing seconds, but Schwarzer dived to his left to stop Mikel Arteta’s penalty kick.
Giroud and Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead after 23 minutes. Dimitar Berbatov and Alex Kacaniklic answered for Fulham before halftime. Berbatov then scored with a penalty kick in the 67th minute and Giroud tied the game with a header two minutes later.
It was the second time this week Arsenal blew a two-goal lead this week after a 2-2 tie at Schalke in the Champions League on Nov. 6.
Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic scored in a three- minute span in the second half as Everton beat Sunderland, which got a goal from Adam Johnson. The victory keeps the Toffees in fourth place above West Brom on goal difference.
A score from James Morrison and an own-goal from Gary Caldwell gave West Brom its first away win, 2-1, at Wigan. Charlie Adam’s goal gave Stoke the victory over winless QPR, which dropped below Southampton into last place.
Nathan Dyer scored in the 73rd minute to earn Swansea the tie at Southampton. Reading remains winless along with QPR after its scoreless home draw with Norwich.
Tottenham is at Manchester City and Newcastle hosts West Ham in tomorrow’s other games.
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