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Premier League round up: March 31

City struck twice late on. (©GettyImages)
City struck twice late on. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City scored two late goals to salvage a draw with Sunderland as they lost ground of leaders Manchester United in the Premier league title race.

Sebastian Larsson scored twice for the Black Cats, either side of goals from Mario Balotelli and Nicklaus Bendtner.

Balotelli scored again with five minutes left as City stirred, and Aleksander Kolarov delivered the equaliser a minute later.

With City’s 100% win record at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League now gone, United can extend their lead at the top to four points with victory over Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

Arsenal’s fell back to earth, after seven successive league wins, with a bump as Queens Park Rangers enhanced their survival chances with victory at Loftus Road.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Adel Taarabt swept Rangers ahead, before Theo Walcott’s volley drew the away side level.

But Samba Diakite, brought in during the January transfer window, netted to go level on points with 17th place Blackburn.

Mark Hughes’ side weren’t the only ones celebrating at the bottom as Bolton Wanderers leapfrogged Rovers after a controversial win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are now six points from safety.

Michael Kightly deserved put wolves ahead after half time, but their lead lasted just 10 minutes as Martin Petrov drove in a penalty.

The award, for Roger Johnson’s tackle of Mark Davies, swung matters in Bolton’s favour and Marcos Alonso and Kevin Davies’ late goals completed the comeback, despite Matt Jarvis’ late consolation.

Wigan Athletic were another side to benfit from a weekend win, overcoming Stoke City at the DW Stadium.

Antonio Alcaraz opened the scoring, before Victor Moses sealed the win in stoppage time.

Aston Villa couldn’t mark the first game since club captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with Leukaemia with a win as Chelsea continued their pursuit of the Premier League’s top four.

Following a mid-week win at Benfica, The Blues hit the front through Daniel Sturridge and Branislav Ivanovic, before Danny Collins halved the deficit.

Eric Lichaj leveled the scores, but Villa were level for just three minutes as Ivanovic put Chelsea back in front before Fernando Torres broke his six month Premier League goal drought with a late fourth.

Everton have jumped above rivals Liverpool prior to the club FA Cup semi-final after beating West Bromwich Albion.

Gareth McAuley put through his own net after 18 minutes, with Victor Anichebe scoring with his first touch mid-way through the second half to confirm the points.

Fulham went above Norwich City after striking twice early on to down The Canaries.

Clint Dempsey scored his 18th goal of the season with just two minute on the clock, with Damien Duff quickly making it two.

Aaron Wilbraham scored his first ever Premier League goal to put Norwich back in the game, but it was too little too late.

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