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Added-Time: A look back at Week 11 in the EPL

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
11/13/2012 10:34:53 PM
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Added-Time takes a look back at Week 11 of the English Premier League season to get you caught up on all the important results, stories and moments.  This week United and City both fell behind early, only to once again comeback for victories, while Chelsea's captain scored a milestone goal before his day came to an abrupt end.

STORIES OF THE WEEK

Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann was prepared to write his name into the history books as the architect of a famous victory by an underdog side at home against Manchester United.

With 50 minutes played at Villa Park, Weimann had scored on either side of halftime to give his side a 2-0 lead and all the momentum heading towards the last 40 minutes of the game.

Unfortunately for Aston Villa, that's when Manchester United halftime substitute Javier Hernandez took over the game.

Inserted into the lineup to replace Ashley Young at the break, Hernandez cut the deficit in half in the 58th minute when he got on the end of long ball from Paul Scholes behind the defence and slotted it past keeper Brad Guzan.

Hernandez was then chiefly responsible for the equalizer in the 63rd minute, when he directed a ball in the box off defender Ron Vlaar and into the net, the marker was credited as an own goal.

The points were then captured for the league leaders three minutes before the end of normal time when Hernandez converted a Robin van Persie free kick into a diving header to give United the 3-2, come-from-behind victory.

"I think I hit the target and the defender touched the ball," said Hernandez of his team's second goal. "That's the decision of the referee but I've just seen the replay and that was definitely hitting the target."

Manchester City would move into second place in the league using almost the exact same formula when they earned a 2-1 home victory over Tottenham.

The visitors would grab the lead in the 21st minute when Steven Caulker headed a Tom Huddlestone free kick past a scrambling Joe Hart to give Spurs a 1-0 lead.

After withstanding a persistent Tottenham attack, City forward Sergio Aguero would equalize for the home side in the 65th minute by faking a defender in the box before sliding the ball past keeper Brad Friedel.

The defending champions would earn the victory when Edin Dzeko, who entered the game in the 72nd minute, picked up a David Silva chipped through ball and fired it into the Tottenham net in the 88th minute to decide the contest.

"We felt we needed an injection," said David Platt, Manchester City's assistant manager, about Dzeko. "We needed a little bit more height to get a platform to hold the ball up. We also know he is a goal threat and he is fresh. He has scored lots of goals this season and since he has been here he has scored some heavy goals."

City remains the Premier League's only undefeated side.

The return of John Terry was one of the major storylines heading into Chelsea's matchup against Liverpool and his exit was one of the biggest when it was over.

Terry gave his side the lead in the 20th minute when he headed in his 50th premier league goal from a Juan Mata corner to open the scoring and send the home fans into a frenzy.

Those good feelings would be short lived when 15 minutes later Liverpool forward Luis Suarez would crash into Terry forcing the Chelsea skipper to leave the field with a knee injury.

Further tests would show the injury will take "weeks, not months" to heal after there being no significant damage to the cruciate ligaments.
Insult would be added to injury in the 73rd minute when Suarez redirected a Jamie Carragher header into the net to equalize and send both sides home with a point.

"That was our sixth draw, and in a lot of those games we've come back from being behind," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "We've got great character and resilience and survival instincts in the group, and we're dominating games with the ball, but you need materials."

Chelsea has gone from first to third in the table over the course of the last two weeks.

"We're in much better shape than in previous years, in a much better position, and very close to our best," said Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo.

RESULT OF THE WEEK

Coming off a Champions League draw where they held an early 2-0 lead only to be pegged back for a draw, Arsenal once again captured the early advantage in their match again Fulham with goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski after 23 minutes.

Before halftime it was deja-vu all over again for the Gunners when Dimitar Berbatov and Alexander Kacaniklic leveled the score for Fulham heading into the break.

In the second half the teams traded goals within two minutes of each other to make the score 3-3.

Berbatov would collect his second from the penalty spot in the 67th minute to put Fulham ahead before Giroud would also double his total.

After the Arsenal forward hit the post, teammate Theo Walcott would find the rebound and cross it back allowing him to head it into the net to once again equalize the score.

There was one last twist in the plot when in stoppage time Andrei Arshavin's cross hit Fulham defender Sascha Riether in the arm and was called handball in the box leading to an Arsenal penalty kick.

Mikel Arteta took the penalty but was not able to beat Mark Schwarzer as the game ended in a very entertaining 3-3 draw.

"It was frustrating because we had the opportunities to win," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "We were caught in a bit too comfortable of a position because we did the most difficult thing, we scored two goals to go 2-0 up. At that moment we lacked urgency defensively."

LOOKING AHEAD

There is one EPL game this week on TSN2 as Arsenal and Tottenham will meet in the latest edition of the North London derby.  Both teams need a victory as Spurs are currently seventh, one point ahead of the eighth-place Gunners.  You can catch all the action Saturday at 7:30am et/4:30am pt.

Javier Hernandez (Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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