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Nov 14, 2012 9:59pm
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MANCHESTER, England—Vincent Kompanys thumping header gave Manchester City a
crucial 1-0 derby win against Manchester United on Monday to overtake its rival
atop the Premier League with just two games remaining. James Harrison Youth Jersey . In what had
been billed as the biggest Manchester derby ever, Kompany connected with David
Silvas corner to score the decisive goal in first-half stoppage time at the
Etihad Stadium. City then held on for a potentially title-deciding victory as it
now leads United on goal difference and once again has matters in its own hands,
having erased an eight-point differential in a couple of weeks. “Absolutely
buzzing. ... Weve been waiting for this moment,” Kompany said. “Its far from
over, and we know that, but just to give our fans two wins over Manchester
United this season—we have to finish it off.” City still has a tough job to
do as it next visits fifth-place Newcastle United and then hosts
relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers in the remaining fixtures, while
United finishes against Swansea at home and Sunderland away. “Its great to win
tonight, but Newcastle is now our focus,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. After
leading the Premier League for most of the season, City trailed United by eight
points earlier this month but two more wins should now be enough to claim a
first league title since 1968. “I think that we deserved to win this game, we
scored, we played well and we had other chances to score in the second half,”
Mancini said. As the crosstown rivals have been locked in a two-way fight for
the title for most of the season, this game had been hyped up as the most
important ever played in the 131-year history of meetings between the two sides.
The entertainment level, however, was not nearly as high as the stakes. The game
featured few clear scoring chances for either side, and the tension on the pitch
spilled over to the sidelines in the second half as United manager Alex Ferguson
and Mancini got into a heated exchange after a tough challenge by Nigel de Jong
on Danny Welbeck. With both managers making hand gestures to suggest that the
other should stop talking, Ferguson eventually had to be dragged back to his own
technical area, while Citys assistant coach David Platt restrained Mancini. “Sir
Alex told me something not kind,” Mancini said. “But I can understand, because
at that point, tension is high.” Ferguson said he was upset that Mancini was
yelling too much at the match officials. “He was badgering the referee the whole
game, the fourth official and the linesman,” Ferguson said. “The minute I go out
there, he started again. He was complaining about referees the other week—he
cant be complaining tonight.” The two did shake hands after the game was over.
With City under pressure to win, Mancini started with former United striker
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero up front, while volatile forward Mario Balotelli
was on the bench. Ferguson relied on experience after making four changes from
last weeks 4-4 draw against Everton. Ryan Giggs was recalled alongside Paul
Scholes, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Park Ji-sung also returning. While
United ventured forward in the opening minutes, it was City that controlled
possession in the first half and went close in the 25th when Aguero volleyed off
target from an angle. That chance had the City supporters on their feet—
including Agueros father-in-law, Argentina great Diego Maradona, who was
watching from an executive box. United seemed happy to soak up Citys attacks
knowing a draw would all but end Citys title hopes, but that plan backfired in
first-half stoppage time. Silva whipped in a corner from the right flank and
Kompany got away from Smalling to give City the lead with a firm header—
ensuring that the teams went in for halftime with the home fans waving their
blue-and-white flags above their heads in jubilation. “I guess a lot of
predictions go wrong, but I remember someone texting me today and saying Youre
going to score a goal today, and I thought he was a lunatic,” Kompany said.
Ferguson moved Park higher up the pitch to support Rooney in the second half,
but the South Korean looked rusty and made little impact in his first league
start since January. Uncharacteristically, United failed to create clear chances
and Hart had surprisingly little to do in the City goal. “We had control of some
parts of the game but not enough to cause any damage,” Ferguson said. “We are
disappointed we never tested the goalkeeper.” Gael Clichy had a shot saved by
David De Gea in the United goal in the 88th and Samir Nasri thumped the turf in
anger as he took too many touches before being tackled in front of goal in the
90th. Five minutes of stoppage time was not enough for United to find a
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his last eight starts, but has just one win in his last four trips to the hill.
He did not get a decision on Tuesday against San Diego, despite a terrific
outing that saw him allow a run and five hits in seven innings of a 6-3
loss.PITTSBURGH—On a damp Monday night, the rain finally fell hard enough to
force a 34-minute delay in the sixth inning. The stoppage forced St. Louis
Cardinals ace Kyle Lohse out of the game but Pittsburgh Pirates centre fielder
Andrew McCutchen felt that might have been the worst thing that could have
happened to his team. “He wasnt locating as well with his pitches as he normally
does,” McCutchen said. “We were able to jump on him and get a couple runs off
him in that one inning. We probably would have had another chance at him but
that changed with the rain.” Lohse notched his eighth straight win,
Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and the Cardinals
went on to beat the Pirates 4-3. St. Louis, which has won six of seven, moved 2
1-2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 10-0 at Colorado, for the
second NL wild-card berth. Pittsburgh fell three games behind the Cardinals with
its sixth loss in seven games. Lohse (14-2) pitched five innings before being
lifted following the rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed two runs and
five hits while striking out three and walking none. “It was a really tricky to
decide whether to leave Kyle in the game,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
“The rain delay wasnt all that long but he was at 83 pitches and he had run the
bases. I just thought it was the right call to take him out.” Lohse has not lost
in 13 starts dating to June 15 and raised his career record against Pittsburgh
to 9-2. He had an RBI single in the fifth inning. Lohse did not fight Mathenys
decision to lift him, especially after being thrown out at home plate while
trying to score from first base on Matt Carpenters double to end the top of the
fifth inning. “I dont want to ever come out of a game but it was the best thing
to come out,” Lohse said. “I didnt feel as strong as I normally would.” Holliday
led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off
A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead for good at 3-2. “He killed it,” Matheny
said. “Its hard to hit a ball that hard the opposite way but it was still going
up when it hit the seats. He really hit it.” Burnett (15-5) gave up four runs,
three earned, and seven hits inn 5 2-3 innings with three strikeouts and one
walk. Troy Polamalu Youth Jersey. . He lost at home
for just second time this season in 10 decisions and 13 starts. “I felt good but
I made two bad pitches at the wrong time,” Burnett said. “Had I maybe thrown a
hook to (Lohse) or kept the ball lower against Holliday then maybe things turn
out different.” Holliday, Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker all had two hits for
the Cardinals as did McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes for Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals added a run in the sixth after Hollidays home run as Yadier Molina
hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. “It hurt when they scored right after we
did,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “One of (Burnetts) strengths all
year has been the shutdown inning.” The Pirates drew within a run in the seventh
inning on Barmes RBI double. They put runners on first and second in the eighth
but closer Jason Motte came in and escaped the jam by getting Josh Harrison to
hit into an inning-ending force play. Motte retired the side in the ninth for
his 31st save in 36 opportunities. St. Louis had tied the score 2-2 in the fifth
inning as Shumaker hit a run-scoring double and scored on the single by Lohse.
The Pirates scored the games first two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by
McCutchen and Alvarez after neither team produced a hit in the first 3 1-2
innings. Alvarez has 17 RBIs against the Cardinals this season. NOTES:
Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker was a late scratch because of lower back stiffness.
Harrison, who was scheduled to start at shortstop, moved to second base and
Barmes was inserted into the lineup. ... St. Louis 3B David Freese did not start
for a third straight game because of a bruised right wrist but he pinch-hit and
struck out in the eighth inning. Matheny said last years World Series MVP will
likely return to the lineup Tuesday night. Carpenter started in Freeses place.
... Attendance was just 16,700 for what was arguably the biggest game since PNC
Park opened in 2001. Pittsburgh is in contention this late in the season for the
first time since 1997and has not had a winning season since 1992. ... St. Louis
RHP Jake Westbrook (13-9, 3.67) will face Pirates RHP James McDonald (11-6,
3.73) on Tuesday night. ’ ’ ’ 

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