2023/24
Matchweek 17
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Sat 16 Dec 2023
Kick Off:
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Att: 53,112
Ref: Paul Tierney
KOMins
24
40
42
  • HT
  • 54
    90 +5
  • FT
  • WHO'S GOING TO BE YOUR

    MAN OF THE MATCH?

    Report

    Michael Olise's stoppage-time penalty completed a remarkable late comeback as Crystal Palace grabbed a 2-2 draw at Manchester City, leaving the champions with only one win in six matches.

    Goals from Jack Grealish and Rico Lewis had given City a deserved 2-0 lead after 75 minutes, but Jean-Philippe Mateta and Olise struck to leave Pep Guardiola's side frustrated before they head to Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup.

    City, who were again without the injured Erling Haaland, stay fourth, three points behind Liverpool ahead of the Reds' home match against Manchester United on Sunday.

    How the match unfolded

    Guardiola made nine changes from the side that beat Crvena zvezda 3-2 on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League, with only Lewis and Grealish retaining their starting spots.

    As for Palace, they made five changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Liverpool, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson making his first Premier League start for the club.

    City went close to opening the scoring after five minutes, with Julian Alvarez’s header tipped wide by Henderson.

    Ruben Dias then flashed an effort from distance over the crossbar before Rodri’s shot was blocked by Marc Guehi.

    City took a deserved lead on 24 minutes, Grealish slotting into the bottom corner after being played in by Phil Foden to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time.

    Josko Gvardiol was then denied by Henderson before Palace’s best chance of the half came to the recalled Olise, who flashed a free-kick narrowly wide just before half-time.

    Incredibly, all 10 of City’s outfield players created a chance in the opening 45 minutes, the first time this has happened in the competition since records began in 2006/07.

    City’s domination continued in the second half, and they deservedly doubled their lead on 54 minutes through Lewis.

    Foden’s pass inside the penalty area fell to Lewis, who drilled into the bottom-left corner from eight yards for his first Premier League goal.

    City looked fully in control, but Palace suddenly reduced the deficit with 14 minutes remaining. Jeffrey Schlupp latched on to a long pass down the left and drove into the penalty area before squaring for Mateta to tap in for his second goal in as many matches.

    And in the third minute of stoppage time, Palace were awarded a penalty for a foul by Foden on Mateta. Olise sent Ederson the wrong way to level and earn Palace an unlikely point.

    Palace sit 15th with 17 points. 

    Man City report | Crystal Palace report

    Match officials

    Referee: Paul Tierney. Assistants: Richard West, Scott Ledger. Fourth official: Darren England. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.

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    Club Reports

    Match officials

    Referee: Paul Tierney

    Fourth Official: Darren England

    VAR: Stuart Attwell

    Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin

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        Season So Far

        Man City
         
        Crystal Palace

        Top Player Stats

          Head-to-Head

          Man City
          Total Wins
          16
          Home
          8
          Away
          8
          Crystal Palace
          Total Wins
          4
          Home
          2
          Away
          2

          Played

          27

          Draws 7

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