Manchester City turned in their most potent away display in the Premier League as a glorious Carlos Tevez treble helped them maul Norwich City Six goals to one at Carrow Road.
Tevez’s Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero weighed in with a couple of goals of his own while substitute Adam Johnson scored in injury time as Roberto Mancini’s side closed the gap on leaders Manchester United to two points.
United have played one match less with City having four fixtures left to overtake their rival. It makes for brighter reading for a City team who were eight points adrift after a one goal to nil defeat at Arsenal last Sunday and apparently destined to finish second.
City’s previous 6-1 win this season came against United at Old Trafford in October.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side remain in the driving seat to claim their 20th English title if they complete wins over Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester City in their next three matches, but their 1-0 loss at Wigan in midweek has given City fresh impetus.
At least this triumph keeps alive their hopes of a first title since 1968. With their goal difference now eight better than United’s, things could yet get tighter at the top with Villa visiting Old Trafford on Sunday.
In another exciting FA Cup semi final Andy Carroll’s late header sent Liverpool through to the FA Cup final as they came from behind to beat Everton two goals to one at Wembley.
Nikica Jelavic took advantage of a mix-up between Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger to give Everton the lead midway through the first half – but an Everton defensive error just after the hour gave the Reds a route back to their second major Wembley final this season.
Sylvain Distin’s backpass never carried the weight to reach Everton keeper Tim Howard and Luis Suarez was only too happy to take advantage to race through and score.
And with three minutes left Carroll – who had missed the easiest of chances early in the second half – glanced substitute Craig Bellamy’s free-kick past Howard to give Liverpool the chance to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup they won on penalties against Cardiff.