City retain edge going into final day
Manchester City have taken a huge step towards winning the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United.
Yaya Toure's brace saw City defeat Champions League-chasing Newcastle - a result that, in the opinion of both Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the match, would be decisive in the title race.
After a goalless first-half, Mancini brought on Nigel de Jong on for Samir Nasri, allowing Toure to move into a more advanced role. It proved to be a masterstroke, as the Ivorian played a one-two with Sergio Aguero before curling a first-time strike past a diving Krul.
Sergio Aguero missed a gilt-edged opportunity to put the result beyond Newcastle after being released by David Silva, and Toure then missed two chances to double his goal tally - his glancing header flashing wide before slipping when one-on-one with Tim Krul. However, he sealed the win two minutes from time with a cool finish.
The result saw City move three points clear at the top of the table, but Manchester United later closed the gap with a 2-0 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Paul Scholes gave United the early lead and Ashley Young then doubled their advantage, but Sir Alex Ferguson's men were unable to add to their tally. The result leaves City with a seemingly insurmountable eight-goal advantage going into the final weekend and victory at QPR should confirm Mancini's men as the champions.
With Arsenal being held on Saturday and Newcastle failing to win, Tottenham Hotspur had the opportunity to move into third place but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
Ciaran Clark put the hosts ahead with the help of a wicked deflection on 35 minutes, and Spurs went down to ten men shortly after the break when Danny Rose was dismissed for a lunge on Alan Hutton.
Richard Dunne then offered Spurs a lifeline when bringing down Sandro in the area after an hour. Emmanuel Adebayor made no mistake from the spot, but Spurs were unable to claim a winner and go into the final day a point behind third-placed Arsenal.
The result means Villa cannot be relegated.
Queens Park Rangers moved two points clear of the relegation zone with a dramatic 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City.
Djibril Cisse scored the winner in the 89th minute, netting from close range after Anton Ferdinand's near-post flick from Adel Taarabt's corner, to prompt a pitch invasion at the final whistle.
It was a miserable afternoon for Bolton Wanderers, though, as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Martin Petrov fired Bolton ahead from the spot after Mark Davies was brought down by Youssuf Mulumbu, and the Trotters enjoyed a huge slice of luck when doubling their lead thanks to Billy Jones' own goal on 72 minutes.
However, the Baggies clawed their way back into the match, Chris Brunt pulling one back for the Baggies three minutes later, before James Morrison's last-minute goal dealt a major blow to Wanderers' survival hopes.
The result - coupled with Cisse's late goal at Loftus Road - means Owen Coyle's men must win at Stoke on the final day while hoping Manchester City see off QPR.
In a game with no real significance for either side, Fulham beat Sunderland 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Phil Bardsley's strike cancelled out Clint Dempsey's early free-kick, but Moussa Dembele secured the three points for Martin Jol's men with a goal just a minute later.
Wolves may have nothing left to play for after already being relegated to the Championship, but they produced a gutsy defensive display to keep a lively Everton side at bay as the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Molineux.
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