Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The “noisy neighbors” had something to prove yesterday at Old Trafford.
Manchester City routed rival Manchester United 6-1 to increase its lead to five points in the standings of English soccer’s Premier League. Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko each scored twice as unbeaten City handed United its first loss of the season.
Referred to as “noisy neighbors” by United manager Alex Ferguson for big spending during the past few years, City has 25 points to United’s 20 after nine matches.
“People call us the noisy neighbors but here we are,” City defender Micah Richards told Sky Sports after United suffered its first home league loss since April 2010. “We have a good set of lads and we want to show people what we can do.”
Sergio Aguero and David Silva also had goals for City, which scored five times in the second half after United’s Jonny Evans was red-carded. Darren Fletcher scored for the defending champion.
“It was our worst ever day,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “It’s the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1.”
Chelsea lost 1-0 at QPR, and had two players sent off, missing a chance to jump over United into second place. Tottenham won 2-1 at Blackburn, Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1 and Everton won by the same score at Fulham.
Manchester City took the lead in the 22nd minute as Silva sent a ball to James Milner on the left. Milner cut a pass back to the center and Balotelli side-footed a shot from the edge of the area inside the right post.
Evans was sent off two minutes into the second half for pulling down Balotelli at the edge of the area as the Italian made a run at goal. Balotelli struck again in the 60th minute and Aguero made it 3-0 nine minutes later by finishing off another series of passes with Silva and Milner.
United’s goal came in the 81st minute as Fletcher finished off a one-two with Javier Hernandez by curling a shot into the top right corner. Dzeko, who replaced Balotelli, scored in the final minute and Silva made it 5-1 in stoppage time. Dzeko then completed the rout less than a minute later.
“It isn’t important that it was 6-1, it’s important that we have beaten a fantastic team,” City manager Roberto Mancini said on the club’s website. “I am happy with the three points.”
Ferguson said he was disappointed in his team’s attacking attitude being a man down and trailing.
“At times our fullbacks were almost like wingers and we were playing almost two versus three at the back,” he said on United’s website. “That was suicide and crazy.”
At QPR, Heidar Helguson scored with a penalty kick in the 10th minute the hosts denied west London rival Chelsea a chance to move to second place. It came after the striker was taken down in the area by David Luiz.
Jose Bosingwa was shown a red card in the 33rd minute for pulling down Shaun Wright-Phillips with the winger having a chance for a run at goal. Didier Drogba was then sent off eight minutes later for a two-footed challenge against Adel Taarabt. The Blues also received seven yellow cards in the match.
“It’s a really contested derby,” QPR coach Neil Warnock told Sky Sports. “I thought our boys did brilliant. To get three points against Chelsea is like a dream.”
Rafael van der Vaart scored both goals as Tottenham moved up to fifth place by winning at Blackburn. The Dutchman opened the scoring in the 15th minute, then won the game in the 53rd after Mauro Formica pulled Rovers even.
Robin van Persie scored twice after coming on as a second-half substitute to lead Arsenal to the home win over Stoke. Gervinho gave Arsenal the lead after 27 minutes only to see Peter Crouch tie the score seven minutes later.
Van Persie came on for Marouane Chamakh in the 66th minute and fired the Gunners into the lead seven minutes later. He then clinched the victory in the 82nd minute.
Louis Saha scored in the 90th minute and Jack Rodwell added a score in stoppage time to give Everton the win at Fulham.
Fourth-place Newcastle remained the league’s only other unbeaten team with a 1-0 win over Wigan two days ago, while West Brom beat 10-man Aston Villa 2-1, Sunderland defeated Bolton 2-0, Wolverhampton tied Swansea 2-2 and Norwich drew 1-1 at Liverpool.
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