Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace

Match summary

22 Dec 2018
Manchester City v Crystal Palace

A superb volley by Andros Townsend helped Crystal Palace stun Manchester City, handing the champions a first home defeat of the season.

City dominated early on and Ilkay Gundogan put them ahead on 27 minutes with a header from Fabian Delph's cross.

But by 35 minutes the match had turned on its head as Jeffrey Schlupp equalised then Townsend hit a stunning left-foot volley from outside the penalty area.

Luka Milivojevic made it 3-1 from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half after a foul by Kyle Walker on Max Meyer.

Kevin De Bruyne pulled a goal back in the 85th minute with a cross that looped into the far corner.

But Palace held on and, 28 years to the day since Palace last won at City, they climb a place to 14th, on 18 points.

City stay second, but now four points behind Liverpool.

See: Man City report | Crystal Palace report

Next fixtures:

Man City: 26 Dec v Leicester City (A)
Crystal Palace: 26 Dec v Cardiff City (H)

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