City edges Swansea in longest-ever EPL match

Published October 27, 2012

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Carlos Tevez scored just after the hour as Manchester City edged Swansea City, 1-0, on Saturday in the longest game in the history of the English Premier League.

Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm and City defender Micah Richards left the game on stretchers, forcing almost 13 minutes of added time. The fixture didn't end until just seconds before the clock hit the 103rd minute at Etihad Stadium.

Tevez separated the clubs with a perfect long-range blast from outside the box that dipped just before the line and took one hop just inside the left post as City remained unbeaten this season.

City posted just its second shutout of the season, as Joe Hart made a few nice saves to secure the fifth win of the season for the defending champions. Up to second on 21 points, City is just one point behind first-place Chelsea.

Chelsea hosts third-place Manchester United on Sunday.

Swansea lost for the fourth time in its last six, as it remained 11 points off the summit in 10th place.

Arsenal 1, QPR 0

London, England - Mikel Arteta scored six minutes from time as Arsenal downed 10-man Queens Park Rangers, 1-0, in the English Premier League on Saturday at Emirates Stadium.

Julio Cesar denied Arsenal the lead with a one-handed saved on what would have been an own goal midway through the second half, but Stephane M'Bia was sent off in the 79th minute to open the door for Arsenal.

Arteta initially put a short-range header off the crossbar, but drove a second chance over the line from just a few yards out for his first goal this season.

Arsenal won for the second time in its last three matches, and moved to fourth in the table and just seven points off the pace of first-place Chelsea.

QPR remained winless, as it lost for the sixth time in nine matches to stay at the foot of the table on just three points.

Reading 3, Fulham 3

Reading, England - Hal Robson-Kanu scored in the final minute of normal time, as winless Reading tied Fulham, 3-3, on Saturday at Madejski Stadium in the English Premier League.

Reading's Mikele Leigertwood had the lone first-half goal, but Bryan Ruiz and Chris Baird scored after halftime as Fulham took a one-goal advantage into the last five minutes.

Garath McCleary pulled Reading level on 85 minutes, but Dimitar Berbatov added a third for Fulham two minutes from time to give the London side another lead.

Robson-Kanu split the points when he scored in the final minutes, as Reading earned its fourth draw - and point - of the season. Reading is just one point off the foot of the table in 18th.

Fulham secured its 14th point, and sits eight points off the top in sixth.

Aston Villa 1, Norwich City 1

Birmingham, England - Michael Turner scored in the 79th minute as Norwich City tied 10-man Aston Villa, 1-1, on Saturday at Villa Park in the English Premier League.

Christian Benteke scored in the 27th minute for Villa, but Joseph Bennett was sent off early in the second half and Norwich responded through Turner with 11 minutes remaining.

Villa has just one win this season, the lone win over its last 19 league games dating back to last season. Villa is 17th on six points and Norwich is 16th on seven points.

Wigan 2, West Ham 1

Wigan, England - Ivan Ramis and James McArthur scored as Wigan snapped a six- game winless streak with its first home win of the season, 2-1, win over West Ham on Saturday at DW Stadium in the English Premier League.

Wigan lost four times during the winless streak, but Ramis scored under eight minutes into the match and McArthur added the second goal two minutes after halftime. James Tomkins added an extra-time goal for West Ham, which lost for the second time in its last three.

Wigan is 15th in the standings on eight points, while West Ham is ninth on 14 points.

Stoke City 0, Sunderland 0

Stoke-on-Trent, England - Stoke City and Sunderland tied 0-0 on Saturday at Britannia Stadium, as both squads registered their sixth draws of the English Premier League season.

Stoke and Sunderland are both on nine points, with Stoke 12th in the standings and Sunderland 14th, based on goal differential.

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