United 15 points clear
- Published on Saturday, 16 March 2013 18:07
- Written by Andre Huie
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England (ESPN): A potentially decisive day in the Premier League saw massive results at the top and bottom of the table, as Manchester City's title defence was effectively ended by Everton and Aston Villa gave themselves some breathing room with a dramatic triumph over relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers.
Leon Osman's first-half thunderbolt and a late curler from Nikica Jelavic were the difference as ten-man Everton beat Manchester City 2-0 and effectively ended whatever lingering Premier League title hopes Roberto Mancini's side retained. Osman beat Joe Hart with a wonderful first-time strike from 25 yards after 32 minutes to make the most of Everton's early control of the contest. City failed to reply, even after Steven Pienaar was dismissed with nearly 30 minutes remaining for a second bookable offence. Then, deep into injury time, Hart was again beaten by Jelavic's measured strike - perhaps aided slightly by a deflection - as Everton counter-attacked, completing a victory that was celebrated wildly by the home support.
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