City Closes on Manchester Rival in Premier League Title Race

Manchester City routed Norwich 6-1 to cut Manchester United’s lead at the top of the standings in English soccer’s Premier League to two points.

A Carlos Tevez hat trick helped City pull closer to United, which hosts Aston Villa tomorrow. Sergio Aguero added two goals and Adam Johnson another as City won for the first time in four away matches. City hosts United on April 30.

“Enough has been said, all we had to do was go out and play,” City captain Vincent Kompany said on the club’s website. “We realized that for a couple of months we did not perform at our best.”

Swansea beat Blackburn 3-0, West Bromwich defeated Queens Park Rangers 1-0 and Sunderland tied 0-0 with Wolverhampton.

Tevez, making his second straight start after returning to the team last month following a dispute with manager Roberto Mancini, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Aguero made it 2-0 with a volley nine minutes later.

Andrew Surman pulled Norwich back with a goal early in the second half before City broke the game open. Tevez scored with a header in the 73rd minute and Aguero curled in a shot from about 20 yards less than two minutes later.

Tevez completed his hat trick with 10 minutes left and Johnson finished off the rout in injury time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer scored in the first half to lead Swansea over Blackburn, while Graham Dorrans’s goal lifted West Brom over QPR. Blackburn stays in the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings, while QPR is just two points clear of the drop zone.

Wolverhampton remains in last place following its goalless draw in Sunderland. Wolves have 23 points, five fewer than Blackburn above it in 19th place.

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