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Sunday , September 30 , 2012
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Spurs go past United

London: Premier League leaders Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 while Tottenham Hotspur defeated Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989 to leave the Blues three points clear at the top on Saturday.

Goals from Spaniards Fernando Torres and Juan Mata helped Chelsea to maintain their unbeaten start to the season while handing Arsenal their first defeat.

Spurs led United 2-0 with goals from Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale after 32 minutes before Nani pulled one back for United after 51 minutes. Clint Dempsey scored his first for Spurs since his move from Fulham a minute later before Shinji Kagawa made it 3-2 a minute after that in a frenetic spell.

The results left Chelsea top with 16 points, three ahead of Everton who came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park. United dropped to third on 12, followed by champions Manchester City on 12 with Spurs fifth on 11.

Liverpool recorded their first league win at the sixth attempt with an emphatic 5-2 victory at Norwich City with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick after also scoring three at Carrow Road in April. Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool’s other goals.

Champions Manchester City, without a win in any competition for four games, came from behind to win 2-1 at Fulham with a late winner from substitute Edin Dzeko only a minute after coming on. Everton maintained their good start to the campaign, coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 with all their three goals coming in 13 first-half minutes with Nikica Jelavic scoring twice.

In the other games, Stoke City won for the first time this season and sent Swansea City to a third successive defeat with Peter Crouch scoring both in their 2-0 win on his 500th league appearance.

Reading were denied their first win after going 2-1 up against Newcastle United when Demba Ba appeared to secure the equaliser and his second goal in a 2-2 draw with his arm.