Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

Elena Summers
December 23, 2018

The result means City are four points behind Liverpool at the summit, with back-to-back trips to Leicester City and Southampton to come before they host Jurgen Klopp's side on January 3.

Champions Manchester City will trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by four points on Christmas Day after a shock 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

It seemed to be business as usual for City after German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan nodded them in front in the 27th minute, meeting a Fabian Delph cross from deep with a firm, downward header.

John Stones finally made a tackle but succeeded only in pushing the ball on to Schlupp, who capitalised on some uncertain defending from Kyle Walker, driving the ball past the defender and the diving goalkeeper Ederson into the far corner.

They did have opportunities as Sane drove into the side-netting, Raheem Sterling sliced a shot and Bernardo Silva had an effort blocked but Palace stood up to the challenge.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Guaita 7, Wan-Bissaka 8, Tomkins 7, Sakho 9, van Aanholt 7, McArthur 6, Milovojevic 8, Schlupp 8, Meyer 6, Townsend 10, Zaha 7.

It was a stunning development for a City side that have lost just two home league games - to Chelsea and Manchester United - in the two-and-a-half seasons in which Guardiola has been in charge.

Luka Milivojevic then converted from the spot and despite a late fightback, as Kevin De Bruyne reduced the deficit in the final moments, the visitors hung on for a first league victory in Manchester in 28 years.

Guardiola omitted Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne from his starting 11, though the Belgian came on to score a consolation goal, but insisted: "I have few regrets".

But Palace trailed for just six minutes as they surprised City by pushing back. Subs: Aguero 5, De Bruyne 7, Mahrez 5.

Manchester City have looked virtually unstoppable so far this season but Pep Guardiola was wary of Crystal Palace's threat ahead of their game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Surely a strong contender for Goal of the Season from a player now enjoying a rather fine run of form.

'There are a lot of games to play.

- City have lost two of their last three Premier League games (W1) - as many as in their previous 61 combined. De Bruyne's pinpoint cross finds an unmarked Jesus but his header goes over.

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