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Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City

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Yaya Toure's memorable comeback had everyone talking

Yaya Toure marked his shock return to the Manchester City team with two goals as his side grabbed a dramatic late win at Crystal Palace.

Toure, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, combined with Nolito before firing City ahead.

Palace's pressure paid off when Wilfried Zaha set up substitute Connor Wickham to smash home a second-half equaliser.

But Toure, who has not figured at all for City for almost three months, had the final word when he turned home Kevin de Bruyne's corner from close range.

The win moves City second in the table, level on points with leaders Liverpool and with an identical goal difference.

Palace, who suffered their fifth straight league defeat, remain one point above the relegation zone.

Toure back with a bang

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Man City: Guardiola really pleased with nice guy Toure

Yaya Toure's team-mates surrounded him at the final whistle to show their appreciation for his efforts, while the travelling City fans had been singing his name virtually all afternoon.

The 33-year-old Ivorian has been out in the cold since the end of August, with his manager Pep Guardiola saying he would not be picked until his agent, Dimitri Seluk, apologised for comments he made when Toure was left out of City's Champions League squad.

Toure, rather than Seluk, issued a statement about the situation at the start of November.

But that evidently satisfied Guardiola and Toure marked his return to favour in style.

Few people knew he had even travelled to Selhurst Park, so seeing his name on the team sheet at all was a huge surprise.

But Toure's lack of recent action did not affect his finishing power and, as so often before in his six years at City, he secured a vital victory for his side.

Man of the match - Yaya Toure

Man City celebrate Yaya Toure's goal
Only one candidate here. It appeared Yaya Toure had already played his final game for City - instead, he marked his 270th appearance with his 76th and 77th goals for the club that he has already helped win two Premier League titles.

Palace beaten again

Palace went into the game with the worst points-per-game record of any team in the top four divisions in 2016 - just 0.73. This defeat sees it drop further, to 0.71, and also means their current crisis continues.

Points per game in 2016 in England's top four divisions
GamesWinsPointsPPG
88. MK Dons407350.88
89. Aston Villa366310.86
90. Dagenham & Redbridge225180.82
91. York City234180.78
92. Crystal Palace315220.71

The Eagles caused City plenty of problems, notably with their pressing game and lightning-fast breaks down the wings.

But even when they were putting Pep Guardiola's side under pressure in the second half, Palace looked vulnerable and were ultimately punished for their lack of organisation at the back as they looked to see the game out.

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Palace players angry about form - Pardew

Palace are full of ideas when they come forward but they have failed to keep a single clean sheet in the league this season.

At the moment, their attacking prowess is being undermined by the amount of goals they are leaking.

Same old story for Kompany

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany has played only 116 minutes in the Premier League this season, out of a possible 1,080

While Toure's return was a shock, seeing Vincent Kompany injured again is becoming a depressingly familiar sight for City fans.

His latest setback was nothing to do with his troublesome calf, more just plain bad luck as he was left concussed by a first-half collision with his goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Kompany's vision was affected and he had to be replaced a few minutes later, with frustration etched on his face as he trudged towards the tunnel at Selhurst Park.

The 30-year-old Belgian was making only his second league start of the season, and is yet to complete 90 minutes in any of his five appearances in all competitions this campaign.

What next?

City travel to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, then make the much shorter journey to play Burnley in the Premier League next Saturday for the early kick-off.

Palace also hit the road with a trip to Wales where they meet fellow strugglers Swansea on the same day.

Wickham enjoys playing against City...

  • Connor Wickham has scored four Premier League goals v Manchester City, more than any other opponent he's faced.
  • Both of Wickham's goals have come from the bench this season, after none of his previous 16 had done.
  • Toure has scored a Premier League brace for the first time since May 2015. It was his first start for City in the league since April.
  • Kevin de Bruyne has provided more assists than any other Premier League player this season (7).
  • Wilfried Zaha has provided an assist in each of his last four Premier League games for Palace.
  • Zaha also has more Premier League assists this season (5) than his previous three campaigns combined.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 5Tomkins
  • 34KellySubstituted forSakoat 86'minutes
  • 7Cabaye
  • 18McArthur
  • 11Zaha
  • 42Puncheon
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forWickhamat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 17BentekeSubstituted forLeeat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 4Flamini
  • 14Lee
  • 21Wickham
  • 22Mutch
  • 26Sako
  • 27Delaney

Man City

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Sagna
  • 4KompanySubstituted forZabaletaat 37'minutes
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 56mins
  • 11Kolarov
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y Touré
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 9NolitoBooked at 62minsSubstituted forSilvaat 67'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forRegesat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Reges
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Navas
  • 19Sané
  • 21Silva
  • 72Iheanacho
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
25,529

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernandinho (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yaya Touré (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Wayne Hennessey tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Sergio Agüero.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Bakary Sako replaces Martin Kelly.

Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 2. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

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

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

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

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

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

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) with an attempt from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Nolito.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 1. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool1283130141627
2Man City1283127111627
3Chelsea118122691725
4Arsenal1274125121325
5Tottenham126601881024
6Man Utd125431714319
7Everton125431614219
8Watford125341720-318
9Bournemouth124351416-215
10Southampton123541212014
11Burnley114251115-414
12West Brom113441215-313
13Stoke123451319-613
14Leicester123361420-612
15Middlesbrough112541012-211
16Crystal Palace123271721-411
17West Ham123271323-1011
18Hull123181027-1710
19Sunderland122281221-98
20Swansea121381122-116
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