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Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City

By Jonathan SmithBBC Sport
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.

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.

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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Pellegrini's problems and Sergio's blues - where did it go wrong for Man City?

Pardew eyes top-10 finish for Palace

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


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-1-4-1

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


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

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Reges
  • 7Milner
  • 8Nasri
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 20Mangala
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan City
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Wilfried Zaha.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Fernandinho.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré replaces Yannick Bolasie.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Yaya Sanogo replaces Glenn Murray.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Goal!

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces Jesús Navas.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

As It Stood

3Man Utd31188555282762
4Man City31187663303361
9West Ham31119114139242
11Crystal Palace31109123842-439
14West Brom3189142843-1533
17Aston Villa3177172042-2228
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