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Jon Super, Associated Press
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, reacts after scoring a goal from the penalty sport as Tottenham Hotspur's goalkeeper Brad Friedel looks back and reacts during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Jan. 22, 2012.

LONDON — Manchester City disposed of one title rival Sunday with a dramatic 3-2 win over Tottenham, leaving Manchester United looking like the only team capable of stopping its rival's attempt to win the Premier League.

Third-place Tottenham fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Etihad Stadium, but Jermain Defoe missed an injury-time chance for the visitors and Mario Balotelli won it for City with a penalty he had earned himself.

Fouled by Tottenham captain Ledley King, the Italy striker took a step, paused and shot calmly past goalkeeper Brad Friedel to give City an 11th win from 11 home matches in this season's Premier League.

Defending champion United stayed three points behind City with a 2-1 win at Arsenal.