Crystal Palace Holds Man City to Goalless Draw

Crystal Palace Holds Man City to Goalless DrawCrystal Palace Holds Man City to Goalless Draw

Manchester City’s 18-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end as Crystal Palace held the Citizens to a goalless draw in Sunday’s clash at Selhurst Park.

City was attempting to win its 20th league match of the season, but it was Palace that ultimately passed up the best opportunity to claim all three points as Luka Milivojevic missed a 92nd-minute penalty for the home side, Sportsmole wrote.

Bernardo Silva had a decent chance for the away side in the early exchanges, but the Portuguese missed the far post with an effort from inside the Palace box.

Palace’s first opportunity of the match arrived in the ninth minute when City goalkeeper Ederson made a mess of a clearance, but Christian Benteke saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Mangala.

Van Aanholt then forced a smart save from Ederson moments later as the home side continued to press.

Both teams lost players to injury in the period that followed, with Scott Dann being stretched off for Palace before Jesus was forced to leave the field in the 23rd minute.

Pep Guardiola introduced his leading scorer in the 57th minute as Sterling replaced Gundogan, who had just sent a curling effort wide of the Palace post.

Aguero then had a half-chance for the away side as he met a cross from Bernardo Silva, but Palace goalkeeper Hennessey was on hand to keep out the Argentine’s headed effort.

De Bruyne was next to test Palace’s goalkeeper 20 minutes from time, but the Welshman made another smart stop.

Townsend had a stunning chance for Palace in the 78th minute after meeting a low cross from Zaha, but the attacker somehow fired over the crossbar as City survived a very dangerous moment.

Palace was handed a golden chance to claim the win in second-half stoppage time when Sterling was adjudged to have felled Zaha inside the penalty box.

Milivojevic took the spot kick, but the midfielder saw his effort saved by Ederson. City looked to break straight away, but Jason Puncheon floored De Bruyne in an incident that ultimately saw both players stretchered off the field.

The point means that City is now 14 points clear of second-placed Chelsea, while Palace remains just outside of the relegation zone in 17th position.


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