Manchester City stunned by Palace, trail Liverpool by four points

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City had led through Ilkay Gundogan but two goals in three minutes overturned the scores at Palace led 2-1 at the break.

The ball was lofted in towards the City area and the home team attempted to clear with a couple of poorly placed headers.

The Reds beat Wolverhampton on Friday and then saw Crystal Palace rally from a goal down to score two against Manchester City before halftime.

City had not lost any of their previous 52 league games against teams outside the traditional "big six", a run dating back almost two years to a defeat at Everton in January 2017.

The air of surprise at the Etihad turned to panic in the 51st minute when Palace went 3-1 up through a Luka Milivojevic penalty after Kyle Walker brought down Max Meyer with a wild challenge.

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From 3-1 up City nicked a goal back, and pushed Palace for the remaining ten minutes or so of play up to the 95th minute.

There was to be one final big chance for City to at least salvage a point, only for Gabriel Jesus to head over the bar from a glorious position once picked out by De Bruyne, meaning a second defeat in three league matches for the home side. The two teams meet on January 4 (NZ time).

Crystal Palace inflicted a second loss of the season on Manchester City.

It seemed Man City would kick on and take the game away from Palace after their opener.

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.

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But it proved to be too little, too late as the hosts fell to their first home defeat of the season.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in just the third minute, with Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial netting either side of a Victor Camarasa penalty for the home side.

"It's complicated but we fight until the last second".

And Watford are one point and two places above the Cherries, with Troy Deeney's penalty enough to end West Ham's four-game winning run.

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