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City slump to Southampton loss

Saturday 9 February 2013 17.47 CET
Steven Davis registered Southampton's second against City

Manchester City FC remain nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United FC after suffering a damaging 3-1 loss at Southampton FC, on a day when Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC all won in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification spots.

With United hosting Everton FC on Sunday, City required a victory on the south coast to keep as much pressure on the pacesetters as possible. They fell behind to a Jason Puncheon effort after just seven minutes, however, and were 2-0 down when Steven Davis pounced on a Joe Hart mistake to score. Edin Džeko reduced the deficit before half-time, but a Gareth Barry own goal restored the home side's advantage shortly after the break.

Chelsea started the day in third and refused to give up that position as Ramires, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Marko Marin struck to help the Blues to a 4-1 home success against Wigan Athletic FC.

Spurs remain hot on their heels – a point back – after Gareth Bale struck a fine double against Newcastle United FC. The Welshman's swerving free-kick gave the hosts the lead before Yoan Gouffran struck an equaliser, but Bale's driving run and finish ultimately secured the win.

Tottenham's North London neighbours Arsenal survived Carl Jenkinson's 62nd-minute dismissal to defeat Sunderland AFC 1-0 courtesy of Santi Cazorla's first-half strike, with the win moving the Gunners fifth, four points behind Spurs.

As for Swansea City AFC, they hit five past Queens Park Rangers FC on the opening day of the season and dished out further punishment against the bottom side, Michu striking twice to secure a 4-1 success that moved the Swans seventh.

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