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City saunter up to second in Premier League

Manchester City FC moved level with Premier League leaders Arsenal FC with a 3-1 win at West Ham United FC, while Newcastle FC beat Liverpool FC in Alan Pardew`s first game in charge, according to uefa.com.


Manchester City FC are second in the Premier League following a 3-1 win at West Ham United FC on a day when Aston Villa FC beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion FC.


Yaya Toure gave Roberto Mancini`s side the lead with an emphatic finish on the half-hour and subsequently played a key role in their second on 73 minutes, hitting a shot which struck a post and deflected in off West Ham keeper Robert Green. Victory was rubber-stamped by Adam Johnson, who rounded Green and finished with aplomb. James Tomkins added a late consolation. Villa, meanwhile, triumphed 2-1 against West Brom to end a run of three straight defeats in the league. Stewart Downing opened the scoring on 25 minutes and Emile Heskey added a second with his head (80) before Paul Scharner halved the deficit in the final minute.


Stoke City FC are without a win in three matches following a 1-0 loss against Blackpool FC, DJ Campbell turning in Charlie Adam`s cross just after half-time. The promoted club are now up to tenth, a place behind Liverpool FC, who lost 3-1 at Newcastle FC in Alan Pardew`s first game in charge.
Everton FC versus Wigan Athletic FC and Fulham FC against Sunderland AFC both ended goalless.


SERIE A: HAMSIK HAULS NAPOLI INTO SECOND


SSC Napoli reduced AC Milan`s Serie A lead to three points with a 1-0 victory at Genoa CFC on a day when US Città di Palermo and Udinese Calcio enjoyed home victories.


US Città di Palermo`s promising league campaign also continued with a fourth win in five league fixtures, against Parma FC. Though the visitors took an early lead through Alessandro Lucarelli (7), Mauricio Pinilla levelled the scores (51), before captain Fabrizio Miccoli (61) added a second and former Rosanero defender Cristian Zaccardo (89) put through his own net to seal a 3-1 success. Fifth-placed Palermo are seven points behind Milan.


Udinese Calcio also came from behind to clinch a 2-1 home victory against ACF Fiorentina, who had broken the deadlock when Mario Santana`s long-range effort (31) squirmed under Samir Handanovi?. The Friulani rallied after the break, however, as Pablo Armero (63) thundered in a long-range equaliser and Antonio Di Natale (80) settled the match with his tenth league strike of the season, making him Serie A`s leading goalscorer.

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