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Hernandez: Fired home injury-time winner

Hernandez: Fired home injury-time winner

Javier Hernandez netted in Old Trafford injury-time as Manchester United came out on top in seven goal thriller against Newcastle on Boxing Day.


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The Magpies will feel frustrated after letting the lead slip three times before conceding the decisive goal scored by the Mexican right on the 90-minute mark.

James Perch opened the scoring after just four minutes when he tucked home the rebound after David De Gea saved from Demba Ba.

Jonny Evans levelled when he slid in to score from close range on twenty-one minutes, but just four minutes he turned from hero to villain after inadvertently turning Danny Simpson's speculative effort into his own net.

Controversy surrounded the incident as the linesman had initially flagged Demba Ba for off-side, but after consulting with his assistant the referee awarded the goal after deeming the striker had not interfered with play.

However, the home side refused to lie down and got back on level terms again as Patrice Evra continued his rich vein in front of goal when Krul failed to get a hand to a weak effort from the French full-back as the ball crept into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later Papiss Cisse rifled home a first-time effort following Gabriel Obertan's low cross, but the Magpies' advantage only lasted three minutes this time.

Robin van Persie came to United's rescue, although he did need two attempts before eventually steering the ball into the bottom corner from inside the box.

Hernandez then had a host of chances to win it for Sir Alex Ferguson's men as the game appeared to be heading for a draw, until the forward finally got it right in time added on, volleying home following a clever chipped ball from Michael Carrick.

The result saw United extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points while Alan Pardew's side slip to below their local rivals Sunderland in the bottom half.

Posted: 26/12/12 16:21

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