Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

The title-chasing Blue brigade did find the back of the net through a nice and tidy finish from Kevin De Bruyne six minutes to full-time.

City had 19 shots but just five on frame, while Palace scored on all three of its shots on goal in this one, winning despite having only 21 percent possession.

Luka Milivojevic increased City's misery and delight at Anfield with a 51st-minute penalty that means Liverpool will celebrate Christmas with a four-point lead at the Premier League summit.

City did have a chance within the opening two minutes as Fabian Delph extended Palace's stand-in goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with a fierce drive.

The defeat ended City's flawless home form in the league this season and arrived 28 years to the day since Palace last won on the road against the Blues.

"It's complicated but we fight until the last second", he said.

Andros Townsend scored two goals for Crystal Palace, with one a contender for goal of the season.

It is turning out to be a dream game week for Liverpool, who could potentially go six points clear on the top by Saturday night.

In a season during which there have been precious few shock results in the Premier League, Crystal Palace's win at Manchester City felt practically seismic for everyone at Etihad Stadium.

Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City
Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

"The third goal...we can not concede the penalty we conceded".

Gabriel Jesus missed a stoppage-time chance when he headed over a De Bruyne cross from a promising position but City were left to taste their first home league loss since the Manchester derby on April 7.

But, on 51 minutes, Jaime Vardy fired past Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the corner as Sarri's men conceded for the first time at home since November 4.

He may also be anxious that the tactics used by Palace manager Roy Hodgson really stopped City's usually scintillating football.

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.

Should the Goal of the Season prize be posted to Townsend for an early Christmas present? We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this - three shots on goal and three goals.

Fulham earned a goalless draw at Newcastle United but remained bottom of the table on 10 points alongside Huddersfield Town, who were beaten 3-1 by a Southampton side that looks rejuvenated under new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Despite also chucking on De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez for the final half an hour, the best City could manage over the next 20 minutes was a a long-range free kick from Sane that hit the outside of the post.

  • Angelo Rivera