EPL: Man City escape Palace defeat, preserve report

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Christian Benteke is foiled by Eliaquim Mangala and Ederson during the encounterChristian Benteke is foiled by Eliaquim Mangala and Ederson in the course of the encounter

Crystal Palace on Sunday turned solely the second workforce to take factors off Manchester City within the English Premier League this season.

The hosts, who missed a stoppage-time penalty kick, held the runaway leaders to a Zero-Zero draw at Selhurst Park.

Manchester City, who drew 1-1 with Everton in August, although prolonged their unbeaten run to 21 matches this season.

But their successful streak was halted at 18 by a resolute Crystal Palace defence, regardless of throwing every little thing at them in a dominant second half.

Crystal Palace earned a penalty kick in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling introduced down Wilfried Zaha however the usually dependable Luka Milivojevic had his spot kick saved by Ederson.

With Palace defending excessive and breaking quick, the closest City got here to a aim was halfway by the primary half.

This was when substitute striker Sergio Aguero’s shot took a slight deflection off a defender and hit the publish.

Aguero had come on for Gabriel Jesus, who was the second participant to return off injured after Palace captain Scott Dann.

Andros Townsend missed a late chance for Crystal Palace
Andros Townsend missed a late likelihood for Crystal Palace

But Jesus was the third altogether, with City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne carried off in added time, and which means City completed the match with 10 males.

“Protect all the players — that is all I ask,” Guardiola mentioned when requested if Jason Puncheon’s deal with on De Bruyne deserved a pink card.

“We could have dropped points before. Eighteen wins in a row is unreal.”

Chasing a 3rd straight 5-Zero win towards Palace, City’s prime two goalscorers — Raheem Sterling and Aguero — had been each left on the bench.

But that didn’t cease City threatening Wayne Hennessey’s Palace aim on his return to the beginning line-up from the off, with Bernardo Silva drilling large two minutes in.

Palace slowly grew into the match and a mix-up between City goalkeeper Emerson and defender Eliaquim Mangala offered Christian Benteke with the possibility to interrupt the impasse.

But Mangala recovered nicely to dam.

Aguero then got here inside inches of scoring 5 minutes later however his deflected strike got here out off the publish.

After the break, City actually began to search out their rhythm.

Following a superb, flowing transfer, Ilkay Gundogan curled simply large of Hennessey’s aim earlier than the Palace stopper did brilliantly to dam Leroy Sane’s effort.

Palace rode the storm and had a golden likelihood to grab victory with 13 minutes left, however Andros Townsend blazed excessive. Thereafter, the roof almost got here off Selhurst Park as Zaha gained for Palace a penalty kick —- till Milivojevic fluffed his traces.

“It is frustrating of course (to miss the late penalty kick),” Palace boss Roy Hodgson mentioned. “I think that at a moment like this it is better to concentrate on the performance and how well we played.”

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