London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Jesus Navas and James Milner scored in the second half as Manchester City climbed to second in the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over Fulham.
With the victory, Manchester City stretched its unbeaten run to six and joined Arsenal in second place, one point behind Liverpool, which took the lead with a 3-1 win over Cardiff City earlier in the day. The loss kept Fulham in the relegation zone.
Yaya Toure opened scoring with a sublime 20-yard free-kick in the 23rd minute before Vincent Kompany doubled Manchester City’s lead from close range two minutes before the break.
Kieran Richardson jumpstarted Fulham’s comeback with his first Premier League goal since October 2012 while Kompany inadvertently leveled matters with a sliced attempted clearance in the 69th minute.
However, City would not be denied the win as Navas scored with 12 minutes remaining while Milner rounded off the win in the 83rd minute.
Fulham made two changes to the side that lost 4-1 at Everton last Saturday, with Adel Taarabt and Richardson coming in for Alex Kacaniklic and the injured Dimitar Berbatov.
Manuel Pellegrini made three revisions to the team that posted a 6-3 victory over Arsenal, with Joe Hart making his return in goal and Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko replacing injured duo Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero.
Meanwhile, forward Luis Suarez scored twice and set up the other for Raheem Sterling as Brendan Rodgers’ side took a 3-0 halftime lead while Jordon Mutch scored for Cardiff.
In other matches, Manchester United defeated West Ham United, 3-2, for its first Premier League game at Old Trafford in nearly six weeks.
Danny Welbeck gave the champions the lead in the 26th minute with his first league goal at Old Trafford in more than 14 months and helped set up Adnan Januzaj, who took his first home goal for the club.
In the second half, United substitute Ashley Young provided the highlight with his second goal in four days with 18 minutes left.
Newcastle United secured a fifth consecutive league win at Selhurst Park with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace while Stoke City beat Aston Villa, 2-1.
Matej Vydra’s first goal for West Bromwich Albion rescued a 1-1 draw against Hull City while Sunderland was held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Norwich City.