Man U go into New Year seven clear
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ROUND-UP
EPL: One day from the official open of the January transfer window, and with the three other leagues on a break for the holidays, TEENage has the English Premier League round-up for you.
Manchester United are seven points clear heading into the New Year as they battled to a 2-0 result at home to West Brom. Ashley Young's ninth-minute cross took a deflection off a Bromwich defender into Ben Foster's net to give the Red Devils a lead before Robin van Persie finally assured the win with his 14th goal of the season in the 92nd minute.
Their closest chasers, Man City were involved in a seven-goal thriller at Norwich which saw Samir Nasri sent off and Edin Dzeko net a three-minute brace with goals in the second and fifth minutes. Chelsea are third, four-points back but with a game in hand on City after they came from behind at Everton with two goals from Frank Lampard. The Chelsea captain, who is rumoured to have been told he can leave when his contract expires in the summer, brought his men back after Steven Pienaar gave Everton the lead after 63 seconds.
Tottenham complete the top four after they beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Arsenal's Theo Walcott notched himself a hat-trick against Newcastle to give the Emirates fans a show to close out 2012 as Olivier Giroud also scored twice in a match which ended 7-3. Walcott left the field to chants of "Sign him up!" and has been touted as Thierry Walcott in honour of Arsenal's former number 14, Thierry Henry, who also got converted from a winger to a prolific striker by Arsene Wenger.
Luis Suarez scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season in Liverpool's 3-0 win at bottom-placed QPR while Wigan won by the same scoreline at lowly Aston Villa. Reading, who are second-bottom beat West Ham 1-0 to climb from bottom while the third relegation-placed team Southampton were denied the full points by a brilliant Cameron Jerome late strike in a 3-3 tie at eighth-placed Stoke City.
Swansea, who are tenth, behind Liverpool on goals scored, beat Fulham 2-1, leaving the Cottagers with a streak of four defeats going into 2013.
Note: La Liga will return this weekend, however Serie A football returns on January 8 but we will have to wait until the 18th for another ball to be kicked in the Bundesliga.