Crystal Palace shock defending champions Manchester City in English Premier League

by Leon Thompson December 23, 2018, 7:48
Crystal Palace shock defending champions Manchester City in English Premier League

But Palace responded quickly with a Jeffrey Schlupp strike and three minutes later a wondrous volley from mercurial England global Townsend, which will be a contender for goal of the season.

Palace did go on to win the game 3-2 with a further goal from Luka Milivojevic in the second half, who made it 3-1.

From 3-1 up City nicked a goal back, and pushed Palace for the remaining ten minutes or so of play up to the 95th minute.

- Palace registered their first away league win at City since December 1990, having drawn three and lost nine since then before today.

City fell four points behind leader Liverpool with one round to go before the midway stage of the campaign.

In City's stunning home loss to Crystal Palace, Andros Townsend scored an outrageous goal for the visitors.

Pep Guardiola was left lamenting defensive mistakes as Manchester City's first home defeat of the season allowed Liverpool to retain their four-point advantage going into Christmas, particularly the penalty Kyle Walker gave away to allow Crystal Palace what turned out to be the winning goal.

It was a day of upsets in the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea both defeated.

Chelsea's loss at Stamford Bridge seemed nearly as unlikely as Manchester City's with Leicester facing the prospect of a third straight defeat, but Jamie Vardy's first-time finish soon after the break brought much-needed relief for the Foxes' manager Claude Puel.

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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.

Chelsea were also stunned at home by Jamie Vardy's victor for Leicester in a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge to allow Arsenal to move level on points with their London rivals in fourth after a 3-1 win over Burnley.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a dream start as Manchester United's interim manager as his side thrashed his former club Cardiff City 5-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings, with a penalty, and Michael Obafemi scored as Southampton won 3-1 at Huddersfield, a second straight win for new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

He was beaming after three minutes when Marcus Rashford's free kick put United ahead and further goals before halftime from Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial - after a dazzling passing interchange - and a second-half double from Jesse Lingard made it a flawless start for the Norwegian.

Guardiola added: 'The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line they scored.

Aubameyang put Arsenal in charge with goals in the 14th and 48 minutes and though Ashley Barnes pulled one back for Burnley (67), Iwobi sealed victory in injury time.

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

Guardiola clearly does not intend to surrender the title easily, saying: "It is complicated, but we will fight until the last second".

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