Soccer — English Premier LeagueWednesday, March 26, 2014
Dzeko double helps City to win
Beats United 3-0 in derby
An Edin Dzeko double helped Manchester City move second in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at rivals Manchester United yesterday.
MANCHESTER, England — Edin Dzeko scored inside 43 seconds and again in the second half as Manchester City inflicted more misery on Manchester United with a 3-0 win yesterday, cutting its deficit to Premier League leader Chelsea to three points.
Yaya Toure added a third goal in the 90th minute to seal United’s second humiliating 3-0 loss to a fierce rival at Old Trafford in 10 days, following its humbling by Liverpool. The champions are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points haul in the Premier League era and jeopardized their hopes of even qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
Dzeko set City on its way to a one-sided victory — and a derby double in the league — with the quickest ever Premier League away goal at Old Trafford and scored a volleyed second in the 56th.
City, which has two games in hand over Chelsea, has removed supposedly one of its toughest fixtures in a run-in that also includes matches at title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool. In truth, though, it will go down as one of its most routine wins of the campaign, with United outclassed from the first whistle and barely threatening City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Rafael da Silva produced a tremendous last-ditch tackle on Silva but City regained possession and after Samir Nasri dragged a shot against the inside of the post, Dzeko — fit after a bout of sickness — was on hand to bundle in the rebound. United great George Best holds the record for the quickest goal in a Manchester derby — after 38 seconds in 1968.
City went into halftime with just a one-goal lead but it really should have been more, with the superb Silva and Dzeko wasting other great chances in the opening 20 minutes as United’s creaky defence was opened up time and again.
The match ran the same course in the second half, with City showing much more class and composure on the ball, and Dzeko’s second goal virtually ended the game as a contest.