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Football: Man City ride Newcastle storm to go top

Published on Jan 13, 2014 6:08 AM
 
Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (right) celebrates his goal against Newcastle United with Samir Nasri (left), Aleksander Kolarov (second, left) and Alvaro Negredo during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England on Jan 12, 2014. Manchester City took over at the top of the Premier League table after winning 2-0 against Newcastle United in a tempestuous encounter at St James' Park on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City took over at the top of the Premier League table after winning 2-0 against Newcastle United in a tempestuous encounter at St James' Park on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014.

Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo claimed City's goals, but the match's defining incident occurred mid-way through the first half when Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote had a goal contentiously ruled out for offside.

Referee Mike Jones decided that Yoan Gouffran had impeded City goalkeeper Joe Hart as Tiote's shot flashed past him, but the home fans jeered the decision and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew harangued Jones at half-time.

It was City's sixth consecutive league win and lifted them above Chelsea at the summit, although they will lose their hold on first place if Arsenal win at Aston Villa on Monday.

 
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