City beats United; Bayern clinches Bundesliga

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's title run gained momentum with a 3-0 win at rival Manchester United on Tuesday night, and Arsenal's hopes of winning the Premier League dimmed with a 2-2 tie against Swansea.

Edin Dzeko scored inside 43 seconds, added a goal in the 56th minute and Yayo Toure scored in the 90th at Old Trafford as City (21-5-3) closed within three points of first-place Chelsea (21-4-6), which has played two more games.

Defending champion United (15-10-6) is seventh, 12 points back of fourth-place Arsenal (19-6-6) for England's final Champions League berth. With seven games left, United is assured of its fewest points since the Premier League era began in 1992-93.

"I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that," said manager David Moyes, who took over when Alex Ferguson retired at the end of last season, "but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time."

Arsenal wasted a late lead against visiting Swansea, giving up a 90th-minute own goal in a 2-2 draw when Per Mertesacker's clearance richocheted off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Mathieu Flamini and went into the net.

Wilfred Bony put Swansea ahead in the 11th minute, but Lukas Podolski tied the score in the 73rd and Olivier Giroud put the Gunners ahead 70 seconds later.

"This result tonight hurts us a lot," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Everton beat Newcastle 3-0 on goals by Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman and a shutout by American goalkeeper Tim Howard. The Toffees (16-5-9) moved into fifth, one point ahead of Tottenham (17-9-5).

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BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich capped one of the best seasons in German soccer history — almost two months before the final games.

Bayern clinched its record 24th German title with seven games to spare e more by winning 3-1 at Hertha Berlin.