Manchester City suffer shock 3-2 Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace

Manchester City suffer shock 3-2 Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace

City took the lead through Ilkay Gundogan but Palace hit back with a Jeffrey Schlupp strike and a goal of the season contender from Andros Townsend.

Guardiola insisted his side were unfortunate to find themselves 2-1 down at half-time when the visitors scored twice in two minutes - the second a stunning 30-yard volley from Andros Townsend - although he was disappointed with the way they conceded a penalty at the start of the second half.

The England global connected with an incredibly well-executed, first-time left-foot volley that soared above the diving Ederson and into the top of the City net from fully 30 yards.

The defeat was City's second in three league games and handed the title initiative to Liverpool, whom they face on 3 January. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this - three shots on goal and three goals.

Palace had a nervous finish after City substitute Kevin De Bruyne made it 3-2 in the 85th with an apparent cross which goalkeeper Vicente Guaita couldn't keep out.

City then turned to De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez but Palace continued to hold them back until Sane went close with a brilliant free-kick that struck the post.

Crystal Palace have a crunch home game against another relegation threatened side to look ahead to Boxing Day, in a fixture that will be labelled as the cliche "six-pointer".


Unsurprisingly, Manchester City dominated early possession, as Crystal Palace's dogged defensive style saw them fight back the one-way traffic for the first 25 minutes, as the Eagles did not register a single shot during this period.

But it proved to be too little, too late as the hosts fell to their first home defeat of the season. Vardy said on Saturday (NZ time) that Puel's patient playing style did not suit him but his goal showed the value of having a top striker in the team.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in just the third minute, with Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial netting either side of a Victor Camarasa penalty for the home side.

"Gabriel [Jesus] scored two goals in the last game here versus Everton".

And Watford are one point and two places above the Cherries, with Troy Deeney's penalty enough to end West Ham's four-game winning run.

Bournemouth beat Brighton 2-0, and Newcastle's home game with Fulham ended 0-0.

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