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Manchester Utd. Beats Stoke in Premier League; Arsenal Wins

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Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring the team's second goal during the match against Crystal Palace in London, on October 26, 2013. Photographer: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester United came from behind to beat Stoke 3-2 in English soccer’s Premier League, as 10-man Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to maintain its hold on first place.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the final 12 minutes gave United the home win. Mikel Arteta, who also received a red card, and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal stayed two points ahead of Liverpool, which beat West Brom 4-1.

Southampton beat Fulham 2-0, Everton won 2-0 at Aston Villa and Norwich and Cardiff drew 0-0.

Manchester United needed two late goals to beat Stoke for the 10th straight time at Old Trafford.

Peter Crouch put Stoke in front after four minutes. After Robin van Persie drew United even in the 43rd minute, Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead again just before halftime.

Rooney tied the game in the 78th minute by heading in a van Persie corner kick and Hernandez won the match two minutes later with another header.

United remains in eighth place with 14 points, eight fewer than Arsenal.

Arsenal’s away win extended its unbeaten run in the league to eight since a season-opening loss to Aston Villa. The Gunners didn’t take the lead until just after halftime with Arteta’s penalty kick.

Arteta was sent off in the 65th minute after referee Chris Foy ruled he was the last man back as he fouled Marouane Chamakh. Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny then made a pair of one-handed saves before Giroud’s header clinched the win with two minutes remaining.

Suarez Hat-trick

Crystal Palace, which lost its sixth straight match, was playing for the first time since manager Ian Holloway left the club three days ago.

Luis Suarez scored three goals as Liverpool stayed two points behind Arsenal by beating West Brom at home.

Suarez scored twice in the opening 17 minutes at Anfield, then completed his hat trick with a header in the 55th minute. After West Brom’s James Morrison scored with a penalty kick, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge added his league-leading eighth goal.

Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez had the goals as Southampton moved into third place with its home win over Fulham.

Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman scored in the second half as Everton won for the fourth time in five games. Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard saved Christian Benteke’s penalty shot in the first half.

Norwich had 30 shot attempts though couldn’t put the ball past Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall in the goalless draw between struggling teams. Norwich has won once in five league games, while Cardiff has just one victory in its past eight matches.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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