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Carlos Tévez (pictured) scored a hat-trick in the matter of a dozen second half minutes to send Manchester City to a 3-0 victory over ten-man Wigan Athletic at Eastlands. Tévez scored in the 72nd, 74th and 84th minutes to catapult the Citizens from a scoreless tie, a disaster in their hopes for qualifying for next year’s Champions League, to an easy victory. Wigan kept up with City throughout the dreadful first half but it was Gary Caldwell’s sending off for a two-footed tackle on Tévez that changed the game. The final half-hour belonged to the home side who reached fifth place with the three points. Now finally even on games played with their rivals for the fourth position, City sit just two points short of Tottenham and two points clear of Liverpool for fifth, with a game in hand. Wigan remain just four points above the drop zone.

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