Premier League
Crystal Palace2Man City1

Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace
Glenn Murray scores the opening goal for Crystal Palace
  • City lose fourth successive away game
  • Champions now fourth in Premier League
  • City nine points behind leaders Chelsea
  • Palace up to 11th in the table

Manchester City's hopes of retaining their title suffered another huge blow with defeat at Selhurst Park.

Glenn Murray put Crystal Palace ahead with a tap-in from close range before Jason Puncheon fired in a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the box.

Yaya Toure's fierce strike pulled a goal back for fourth-placed City but Palace held on to move up to 11th.

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Pardew praises Palace character

City are nine points behind Chelsea and also below Arsenal and Manchester United, who they play on Sunday.

And Manuel Pellegrini's side, who have played a game more than Chelsea, have now lost their past four away matches.

Having slipped to fourth after victories for Arsenal and derby rivals United on Saturday, City were under pressure to come up with a win of their own.

But they were almost caught cold inside 60 seconds when Martin Kelly picked out Wilfried Zaha with a low cross, but the winger blasted over.

City, who had not won in their four previous visits to London, responded well, dominating possession and pinning Palace back to the edge of their own box.

But they could not find a way through, with Palace keeper Julian Speroni twice making brilliant saves to deny David Silva, while Sergio Aguero hit the post from just outside the box.

And the home side stunned the champions on 34 minutes when they took the lead.

Joe Ledley flicked the ball on for Scott Dann, who was denied by Joe Hart only for Murray to turn in the loose ball for his fifth goal in five games.

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Referee made mistakes - Pellegrini

It got worse early in the second half when Fernandinho brought down Murray on the edge of the box with a rash challenge, and Puncheon curled a precise free-kick past Hart.

Pellegrini was short of attacking options on the bench, with January signing Wilfried Bony unable to travel after injuring an ankle in training.

But City continued to press and felt they should have had a penalty when Fernandinho's low shot bounced up onto Murray's hand.

The Brazilian was then denied by a goal-line clearance from James McArthur.

Toure was the man to make the breakthrough for City, lashing home a loose ball from 15 yards with 12 minutes remaining.

The Ivorian almost snatched an equaliser with a deflected shot that looked like it was going to loop over Speroni, but the Argentine scrambled back to punch clear.

Palace held on for their third victory in succession to continue their improvement under Alan Pardew.

But City go into Sunday's derby at Old Trafford having won just 18 points from their past 12 games - eight fewer than their fierce rivals.

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Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace
Jason Puncheon celebrates after firing in a free-kick from the edge of the box
Julian Speroni of Crystal Palace
Julian Speroni is finally beaten by Yaya Toure's left-foot strike
Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew celebrates the victory with Crystal Palace fans
Vincent Kompany of Manchester City
City captain Vincent Kompany cannot hide his frustration at the final whistle

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27DelaneyBooked at 40mins
  • 34Kelly
  • 28Ledley
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forGayleat 88'minutes
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 57mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forSouaréat 84'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forSanogoat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hangeland
  • 9Sanogo
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 23Ameobi
  • 36Boateng
  • 40Souaré

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 4Kompany
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 68mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Jesús NavasSubstituted forNasriat 77'minutes
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forMilnerat 88'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 16Agüero
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forLampardat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Fernando
  • 7Milner
  • 8Nasri
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 20Mangala
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
24,718

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home5
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away13
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Manchester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Manchester City 1.

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Wilfried Zaha.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Fernandinho.

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Yaya Sanogo replaces Glenn Murray.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

Hand ball by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, Manchester City 1. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces Jesús Navas.

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James McArthur.

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James McArthur.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martín Demichelis.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wilfried Zaha.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Booking

Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Arsenal31196662323063
3Man Utd31188555282762
4Man City31187663303361
5Liverpool3116694536954
6Tottenham3116695045554
7Southampton311651042222053
8Swansea31137113739-246
9West Ham31119114139242
10Stoke31126133539-442
11Crystal Palace31109123842-439
12Everton31910123942-337
13Newcastle3198143349-1635
14West Brom3189142843-1533
15Sunderland31514122444-2029
16Hull31610152943-1428
17Aston Villa3177172042-2228
18Burnley31511152649-2326
19QPR3174203555-2025
20Leicester3057182949-2022
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