Andros Townsend wonder-goal helps Crystal Palace stun Manchester City

Andros Townsend wonder-goal helps Crystal Palace stun Manchester City

Andros Townsend wonder-goal helps Crystal Palace stun Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne gave City hope of on 85 but the visitors held on for the shock of the season so far.

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.

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.

Townsend described the stunning volley that put Palace in front as the best goal of his career - "against the best team I've played against" - and his manager did not disagree.

De Bruyne set up a grandstand finish when his cross flew into the net but Palace defended brilliantly to cling on and climb to 15th in the table and condemn City to their first home defeat of the season in the league. Well, the result will have pleased them but the performance had its nervy moments and it took a late goal from Alex Iwobi to put the Gunners out of sight.

Andros Townsend scored a remarkable volley from 30 yards for Crystal Palace in their 3-2 win at Manchester City.

The three points, however, keep them in the top four hunt, only trailing Chelsea on goal difference and Unai Emery's side are [2.66] to secure a Champions League place at the end of the season.

"We can not concede the penalty we conceded, we have to try and avoid it", he said.

Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

- This was City's first home Premier League defeat against a non-big six side since February 2016, when they lost 3-1 to Leicester City under Manuel Pellegrini.

Guardiola called upon the injury-ravaged Belgian in the second half to try to change the game.

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.

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

It was a memorable victory for Roy Hodgson's side and Townsend's goal ensured it is one that will stay in the mind for that much longer. Ten shots on goal in their last three games and two goals in their last five won't cut it. Claudio Ranieri was brought in to right the ship, and so far the team has shown no improvement.

David Brooks continued his fine run of form with a superb brace to earn Bournemouth a 2-0 home win over 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion. Townsend's header hits the post and Walker slides in on Meyer and the ref points to the spot.

Guardiola turned to Sergio Aguero five minutes into the second half and, within seconds of the fit-again striker's introduction, Aymeric Laporte powered a header wide from a corner.

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