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Manchester City Beats Newcastle 2-1; Blackpool Stuns Liverpool

Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-1 at Eastlands today in English soccer’s Premier League. Liverpool lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool and stays in the three-team relegation zone.

Carlos Tevez gave City an 18th-minute lead, converting a penalty kick after being fouled by Mike Williamson. Jonas Gutierrez made it 1-1 six minutes later with a powerful volley, and a low shot by substitute Adam Johnson, soon after he came on, gave the home side victory 15 minutes from the end.

Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg in the opening minutes after a tackle by Nigel de Jong.

The win put City, at least temporarily, into second place in the league. Leader Chelsea has 15 points, City 14 and Manchester United 13. Arsenal plays at champion Chelsea today.

At Anfield, Blackpool led 2-0 at halftime with a penalty kick by Charlie Adam and a goal by Luke Varney. Sotirios Kyrgiakos got one goal back for the hosts.

Yesterday, Manchester United drew 0-0 at Sunderland, Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-1, Wigan defeated Wolves 2-0, and Everton got its first victory of the season, 2-0 at Birmingham. Stoke defeated Blackburn 1-0 and there were 1-1 draws between West Brom and Bolton, and West Ham and Fulham.

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