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United ends City's unbeaten start to title defense

Associated Press
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Manchester City during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. United won the match 3-2.  (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Robin van Persie scored in the third minute of stoppage time Sunday to send Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City, ending the champions' unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The outcome left Manchester United six points ahead of its neighbor. City hadn't lost at home in the league since December 2010.

Van Persie spurned Manchester City's advances in the offseason and left Arsenal in August. His goal off a free kick wiped out City's comeback. The hosts had responded to Wayne Rooney's two first-half scores with goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta after the break.

Also Sunday, Everton dislodged Tottenham from fourth place by winning 2-1 with two stoppage-time goals. Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham.

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