Manchester City reclaim league lead - for now

19:57, Mar 24 2012

Yaya Toure's deflected equaliser earned Manchester City a 1-1 draw at Stoke City to reclaim top spot in the Premier League from champions Manchester United.

Toure's long-range blast, which deceived Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic after flicking off Ryan Shawcross, cancelled out Peter Crouch's magnificent volley which had given Stoke a 59th minute lead and had threatened serious harm to City's title bid.

City joined United on 70 points but edged top on goal difference, although United can go three points clear if they beat Fulham at Old Trafford on Tuesday (NZT).

Chelsea drew 0-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur - a result that left them five points behind their fourth-placed rivals and eight shy of Arsenal, who consolidated third place with a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa.

Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta secured a seventh consecutive league win for Arsenal.

At the other end of the table, Wigan Athletic gave their survival prospects a boost with a shock 2-1 victory at seventh-placed Liverpool, who have now won only twice in 11 league games.

Bolton Wanderers earned an emotional 2-1 triumph over fellow relegation candidates Blackburn Rovers in their first match since Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest at Tottenham last weekend.

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Reuters