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Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) blows a kiss to a television camera as he celebrates with teammate Calum Chambers after scoring during the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, yesterday.

SATURDAY,

DECEMBER 20

ASTON VILLA 1

MANCHESTER UNITED 1

GOALS:-VILLA: BENTEKE 18. UNITED: FALCAO 53.

Manchester United's run of six straight victories came to an end at Villa Park against 10-man Aston Villa. The home side took the lead through Christian Benteke. Former Villa winger Ashley Young set up Radamel Falcao for United's equaliser, before Gabriel Agbonlahor was controversially

sent off following a foul on Young

in the 65th minute.

HULL CITY 0

SWANSEA CITY 1

GOALS:-SWANSEA: KI 15.

Swansea manager Garry Monk's gamble of making seven changes paid off after Ki Sung-Yeung's deflected goal took the Welshmen into eighth place in the Barclays Premier League. Hull were denied when Andrew Robertson struck the crossbar, before Jonjo Shelvey's shot went in off Ki, leaving Hull without a win in 10 games.

MANCHESTER CITY 3

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

GOALS:-CITY: SILVA 49, 61; TOURE 81.

With Chelsea not playing until Monday night, Manchester City moved joint-level on 39 points at the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to a brace of goals from David Silva. The Spaniard scored his first thanks to a deflected shot off Scott Dann. Silva soon added a second, before Yaya TourÈ confirmed Manchester City's eighth win in a row in all competitions.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS 3

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2

GOALS:-QPR: AUSTIN PEN 24, 48, 86. WBA: .LESCOTT 10; VARELA 20.

QPR rose to 15th place after Charlie Austin claimed a hat-trick to deny West Brom, who had led 2-0. Albion took the lead through Joleon Lescott, and then Silvestre Varela made it 2-0. Austin netted a penalty after Leroy

Fer was fouled, and then he added a close-range equaliser, before completing his hat-trick and the points.

SOUTHAMPTON 3

EVERTON 0

GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: LUKAKU OG 38; PELLE 65; YOSHIDA 82.

Southampton's run of five straight defeats came to an end in impressive fashion at St Mary's Stadium. Romelu Lukaku headed into his own goal, before Graziano Pelle claimed his 11th goal of the season for the Saints. Maya Yoshida headed in the third goal to hand Everton their third successive away defeat.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2

BURNLEY 1

GOALS:-SPURS: KANE 21; LAMELA 35. BURNLEY: BARNES 27.

Erik Lamela scored his first goal in the Barclays Premier League to hand Spurs their third win in a row. Spurs' record £30 million signing scored the winner in the first half. Earlier, Harry Kane had headed home Nacer Chadli's cross. Ashley Barnes levelled for the Clarets with an amazing 25-yard shot, before Lamela claimed the points for Spurs.

WEST HAM UNITED 2

LEICESTER CITY 0

GOALS:-WEST HAM: CARROLL 24; DOWNING 56.

West Ham United are in the top four of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas for the first time after claiming their fourth win in five games. Andy Carroll put the Hammers into

the lead after pouncing on a poor back pass from Leicester's former player, Hammer Paul Konchesky. Stewart Downing claimed West Ham's second with a curling shot from 20 yards.

SUNDAY,

DECEMBER 21

LIVERPOOL 2

ARSENAL 2

GOALS:-LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 45; SKRTEL 90. ARSENAL: DEBUCHY 45; GIROUD 64.

A Martin Skrtel header seven minutes into stoppage time earned Liverpool a draw at home to Arsenal. Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead just before half-time with a low drive that clipped the inside of the post. Mathieu Debuchy levelled against the run of play in first-half injury time with a close-range header. Olivier Giroud shot past Brad Jones, before Liverpool's Fabio Borini was sent off, and Skrtel scored during nine minutes of injury time.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

SUNDERLAND 1

GOALS:-SUNDERLAND:

JOHNSON 90.

Adam Johnson scored in the 90th minute to give Sunderland their fourth successive win over Newcastle in the North East derby. The winger placed his shot past Jak Alnwick following an excellent counter-attack by the Black Cats. They also went close through Steven Fletcher, whose shot hit the post, while Connor Wickham wasted chances.