Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko both scored twice as Manchester City routed Manchester United 6-1 today to increase its lead in English soccer’s Premier League.
Sergio Aguero and David Silva added to the visitor’s goals as City ended United’s 25-match unbeaten league home run at Old Trafford. Darren Fletcher scored for the defending champion, which had Jonny Evans red-carded early in the second half.
“To be honest, I’m gobsmacked,” City defender Micah Richards told Sky Sports. “Getting a point would have been a great result. To come here and win 6-1 is just unbelievable.”
City is unbeaten after nine games with 25 points, five more than United. Chelsea can jump over United into second place by beating Queens Park Rangers in the day’s late game.
Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1 and Everton won by the same score at Fulham in today’s early matches. Tottenham play Blackburn.
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.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart caught shots from Anderson and Wayne Rooney, while Evans miskicked after Rooney sent a ball into the middle after a corner kick.
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 by finishing off another series of passes with Silva and Milner.