English Premier League Roundup, Feb. 2
Manchester City slipped eight points behind Premier League leader Manchester United with a 2-2 draw at lowly Birmingham on Wednesday.
City led 2-1 through Carlos Tevez's 15th Premier League goal of the season and Aleksander Kolarov's first, but Craig Gardner equalized with a 77th-minute penalty for Patrick Vieira's foul on Kevin Phillips.
The draw left City three points behind second-place Arsenal and two ahead of Chelsea. Tottenham maintained its challenge for the final Champions League spot with a 1-0 win at Blackburn, secured through Peter Crouch's third-minute goal.
Luis Suarez made his Liverpool debut as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Stoke, while Daniel Sturridge scored on his Bolton debut for a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tevez collected a fourth-minute pass from David Silva and put City ahead with an angled shot that took a slight deflection off Birmingham's Martin Jiranek on its way into the far corner.
Nikola Zigic equalized in the 23rd, but Kolarov restored City's advantage four minutes before halftime with a free kick hit from outside the area into the bottom left corner.
Gardner won it, though, following Vieira's clumsy challenge.
After just one win in four Premier League matches, City's challenge for a first title since 1968 is fading.
United beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Tuesday to maintain its five-point lead and unbeaten record, while Arsenal beat Everton 2-1 the same day. Chelsea beat Sunderland 4-2, also on Tuesday.
Tottenham had several key Spurs players injured or suspended but Crouch clinched victory for his depleted team, leaping above defender Christopher Samba to head Rafael van der Vaart's cross into the corner.
Tottenham kept a firm hold of fifth place and is three points behind Chelsea, which occupies fourth place and the final Champions League qualifying spot.
"It's a great result for us. I was delighted with the performance," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said. "We had to chop and change it a bit this week."
Liverpool won its third straight Premier League match, with Raul Meireles kicking things off in the 47th minute at Anfield. The Portugal midfielder latched onto a loose ball in the area following a free kick and smashed it past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Suarez, who joined from Ajax on Monday, came on in the 63rd and struck a left-footed shot 16 minutes later that trickled over the line, apparently via an intervention by Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson.
Liverpool has 35 points, two fewer than sixth-place Sunderland.
On-loan Sturridge scored in injury time to give his new club a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, sending Wolves to the bottom of the Premier League.
Visiting goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey excelled until a disastrous back pass from Ronald Zubar gave the Chelsea striker an easy chance he could not miss.
West Ham moved above Wolves after a debut goal by on-loan striker Robbie Keane and two by Victor Obinna secured a 3-1 win at Blackpool, while Damien Duff scored against his former club to give Fulham a 1-0 win over Newcastle.