Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

Andros Townsend's screamer gave Palace the lead

Andros Townsend scored two goals for Crystal Palace, with one a contender for goal of the season.

Rather inevitably, City took the lead in the 27th minute, with the goal coming through an Ilkay Gundogan header.

Bernardo Silva's defensive header fell to the left boot of Townsend, and the winger fired in an absolute missile of a volley into the top corner of the City net from around 25 yards to silence the Etihad and give the Eagles a shock lead.

"I was really pleased with the way the lads worked hard for us".

At Emirates Stadium, the predatory Aubameyang took his season-leading tally of league goals to 12 with his double in the win over Burnley, one more than Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Two defeats in three games for City, who lost at Chelsea a fortnight ago, have given Juergen Klopp's Liverpool the upper hand in the title race and turned the January 3 clash between the sides at the Etihad into a real showdown.

Crystal Palace's English midfielder Aaron Wan-Bissaka (L) tries to block Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on December 22, 2018.

Eden Hazard came close on 33 minutes but crashed his effort onto the bar as his search for a 100th Chelsea goal continued.

Another City substitute, Kevin De Bruyne, pulled it back to 3-2 on 84 minutes when his cross luckily drifted in at the far post.

Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City

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Speaking to Sky Sports before Friday's trip to Wolves, Klopp said: "Being completely neutral about it, I look at it and say, 'Yes, the team to beat are obviously City'".

Not only that, Palace did it by scoring three times, and after going a goal down.

"We had just made some changes and chose to play with two strikers to try to get back in the game, then straight away we give away a penalty and a third goal", he added.

Fulham earned a goalless draw at Newcastle United but remained bottom of the table on 10 points alongside Huddersfield Town, who were beaten 3-1 by a Southampton side that looks rejuvenated under new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Guardiola added: 'The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line they scored.

Guardiola's men were 2-1 down in the game when the penalty came along and effectively ended City's chances of winning the game.

Rafa Benitez's side pumped balls into the area in the second half, looking to find the head of striker Salomon Rondon, but the match finished in a stalemate leaving them 14th in the standings.

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