Manchester City fail to close the gap to Liverpool at Christmas, lose to Crystal Palace 2-3  

Andros Townsend scores a contender for the goal of the season as he thumped in a 35-yard volley to give Palace the lead

Andros Townsend scores a contender for the goal of the season as he thumped in a 35-yard volley to give Palace the lead

 

  • Manchester City lose second league game this season as Crystal Palace come from behind to win at Etihad
  • Ilkay Gundogan made the breakthrough for the hosts as he headed home the opener just after 27 minutes
  • City’s lead lasted five minutes as Jeffrey Schlupp scored Palace’s first shot on target with a left-footed strike
  • Andros Townsend then stunned City with contender for goal of the season as he smashed in a fantastic volley
  • Luka Milivojevic gave Palace a two-goal cushion from the penalty spot after Max Meyer was brought down
  • Kevin De Bruyne gave City hope when his cross from the right looped over the head of Vicente Guaita in goal

Crystal Palace scored three goals in 18 minutes to cause a major shock at The Etihad Stadium and make it advantage Liverpool in this season’s title race.

After Pep Guardiola’s side had taken an early lead through Ilkay Gundogan, struggling Palace hit back with goals by Jeffrey Schlupp and a stunning Andros Townsend effort before half-time, added to by a penalty after 51 minutes from skipper Luka Milivojevic.

City pegged a late goal back by Kevin De Bruyne but couldn’t force the equaliser to end their 100 per cent home league record this season.

The English winger celebrates his sublime goal as Palace take the lead for the first time in the game at the Etihad Stadium

The English winger celebrates his sublime goal as Palace take the lead for the first time in the game at the Etihad Stadium

The 27-year-old looks to his team-mates after smashing in a superb volley to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead on Saturday afternoon

The 27-year-old looks to his team-mates after smashing in a superb volley to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead on Saturday afternoon

City right back Kyle Walker concedes a penalty after recklessly bringing down Max Meyer (right) in the second half

City right back Kyle Walker concedes a penalty after recklessly bringing down Max Meyer (right) in the second half

Luka Milivojevic makes no mistake from the penalty spot to give Palace a two-goal cushion in the second half

Luka Milivojevic makes no mistake from the penalty spot to give Palace a two-goal cushion in the second half

Milivojevic goes to the right, and while Ederson guessed correctly, is unable to get fingertips to deny Palace a third

Milivojevic goes to the right, and while Ederson guessed correctly, is unable to get fingertips to deny Palace a third

Palace's Serbian midfielder celebrates his goal from the spot as Manchester City have it all to do in the second half

SOURCE:DAILY MAIL

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