International Soccer - England

City strolls past United

Manchester, England (Sports Network) - Sergio Aguero scored a goal in each half to help propel Manchester City to a thoroughly dominating 4-1 defeat of Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute and doubled his total in the 47th, while Yaya Toure scored in first-half stoppage time and Samir Nasri netted a goal of his own in the 50th.

A superb free kick from Wayne Rooney four minutes from time prevented City from keeping a clean sheet, but it was little consolation for a United side that has earned just seven points from its first five games.

Aleksandar Kolarov set up the first goal with a run down the left wing to the end line, where he pulled the ball back to the front of goal for Aguero to volley home with his left foot.

Toure struck a big blow for City just before the halftime whistle when he redirected Alvaro Negredo's flicked header past goalkeeper David De Gea from close range.

United still appeared to be stunned by the goal as the second half began, and Negredo set up the third strike as well in the 47th when he took the ball down inside the box and shook off a defender before clipping a cross to the front of goal for Aguero to finish off.

Nasri scored a few minutes later from a Jesus Navas cross to put the result well beyond reach, while Rooney's late goal did little to lift the spirits of a well-beaten United side.

Arsenal 3, Stoke City 1

London, England - Mesut Ozil made a fine impression in his home debut for Arsenal on Sunday as he had a hand in all three of his team's goals, leading the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Stoke City.

Aaron Ramsey continued his impressive form with a goal after five minutes, which he scored on the rebound from Ozil's free kick.

Geoff Cameron equalized for Stoke midway through the first half after Marko Arnautovic saw his shot come back off the post, allowing the American to score on the rebound.

But Ozil picked out fellow Germany international Per Mertesacker in the 36th minute from a corner kick and his header restored Arsenal's lead before the break.

The matter was settled in the 72nd for Arsenal when Ozil's free kick found Bacary Sagna inside the penalty area and he sent a looping header over goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and into the net.

Arsenal moves to the top of the league with the result having won four straight matches after losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the campaign.

Tottenham 1, Cardiff City 0

Cardiff, Wales - Tottenham joined Arsenal at the top of the Premier League on Sunday as Paulinho's stoppage-time winner helped Spurs to a dramatic 1-0 victory at Cardiff City.

Tottenham was frustrated by a stubborn Cardiff defense for much of the match as the hosts offered little going forward.

Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall was responsible for keeping his side in the game, and he was fortunate to see a shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the crossbar in the 51st minute for the visitors.

Tottenham substitute Harry Kane went close a few minutes from time, but Paulinho was able to net his first Tottenham goal in stoppage time, scoring on a clever flick from Erik Lamela's low cross.

Swansea City 2, Crystal Palace 0

London, England - Crystal Palace slumped to a fourth defeat in five games in its return to the Premiership on Sunday, losing 2-0 to Swansea City at Selhurst Park.

The visitors needed just 80 seconds to take the lead as Michu scored for the second successive time in the league, firing home a pass from Jonjo Shelvey that took a slight deflection.

Chico Flores struck the post for the Swans shortly after, while both Michu and Angel Rangel went close before Nathan Dyer made it 2-0 early in the second half as he finished off a pass from Alvaro Vazquez.

Swansea finds itself in the top half of the league with the victory, while Palace sits in 19th and appears to have a real fight on its hands to avoid relegation.

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