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Crystal Palace end Man City’s winning run but miss late penalty

Ederson saves the injury-time penalty that could have condemned Manchester City to their first defeat of the season.

Ederson saves the injury-time penalty that could have condemned Manchester City to their first defeat of the season.

Manchester City’s 18-game Premier League winning run was ended by a goalless draw at Crystal Palace, who missed out on the chance to become the first team to beat them in the league this season when they had an injury-time penalty saved.

It was a disappointing display from Pep Guardiola’s side, but they still extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points – the biggest gap between the leaders and the chasing pack at this stage of the season in top-flight history.

It could have been worse for City had goalkeeper Ederson not saved Luka Milivojevic’s spot-kick after substitute Raheem Sterling had fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box in the 92nd minute.

However it could still prove a costly afternoon for City with Gabriel Jesus leaving the field injured and in tears in the first half, and the league’s top assist-maker Kevin de Bruyne stretchered off after a heavy tackle from Jason Puncheon in the final minute.

It leaves City with only one fit senior striker in Sergio Aguero who replaced Jesus at Selhurst Park.

While Chelsea and Manchester United trail City by some distance, they may see a small light at the end of the tunnel in a title race that appeared to be all but over before the turn of the year.

Palace energy gets deserved point

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Man City: Roy Hodgson ‘proud’ of Eagles performance

Palace were rewarded after their defensive grit and off-the-ball energy shone through in an enthralling contest.

The question, after they pressed so ferociously in the first half, was whether they were fit enough in the midst of the congested Christmas fixture-list to keep it up.

But the hosts did just that, with midfielder Luka Milivojevic covering more ground than anyone on the pitch (12.69 km), even if his late spot-kick was struck too close to City goalkeeper Ederson.

The point means the Eagles start the new year outside of the bottom three, a point above West Ham in 18th – symbolic for a club that suffered seven straight defeats without scoring during their miserable start to the season.

They also secured only their second home clean sheet in the league all season against a team which have scored 101 goals in 2017.

The downside to playing their energetic part in such an enthralling contest was the first-half injury to centre-back Scott Dann, with Hodgson already light on defenders in Mamadou Sakho’s injury absence because of a calf problem.

But they can take heart from creating other opportunities to win aside from the penalty; with full-back Patrick van Aanholt testing Ederson in the first half and Andros Townsend wasting a gilt-edged chance to convert on 78 minutes.

With Yohan Cabaye, who drew applause for closing down City defender Nicolas Otamendi in the first half, playing further forward than he did in their previous defeat by Arsenal, Palace had a courage with the ball to match their resilience off it.

No crisis for City but wear and tear mounts

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola says refs need to protect players

Not winning their 19th consecutive game is hardly evidence of the wheels coming off City’s remarkable title bid, but there were signs that could be problematic in south London.

Their ninth game in December saw more onus on the considerable creativity of Kevin de Bruyne in playmaker David Silva’s continued absence.

But the previously sensational Belgian’s set-pieces were off colour – only one of six deliveries was dangerous, and his passing accuracy (80%) was less than any other starting City player.

Now Guardiola may have to cope without him after that late withdrawal, although he appeared able to walk alongside club physios after being carried off.

Leroy Sane could step up to fill the gap in the coming weeks but he struggled too. The 21-year-old won only half of his 14 individual duels, and was often second best to Palace defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

He was meekly dispossessed by the on-loan Manchester United man in the first half, and berated by De Bruyne over the timing of another run. Then he was booked for kicking the ball away in frustration.

It remains to be seen if Guardiola moves to bolster his attack by prising Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January, however the City boss said in his post-match news conference that he expects the forward to stay with the Gunners.

“He is a player for Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there,” he said. “In two days we have another game after that we have meetings. My feeling now is Alexis is an Arsenal player.”

Man of the match – Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Kyle Walker (right) challenges Wilfried Zaha<!–

Kyle Walker rarely let Palace’s in-form Wilfried Zaha get the better of him, and made more interceptions (three), gained more possessions (13) and sprinted faster (34.69 km/h) than any other City player.

Rare away blank for City – the stats

  • This was City’s first away goalless draw in the Premier League since March 2016 against Norwich City, ending a run of 34 matches in which at least one goal was scored.
  • Manchester City failed to win a Premier League game for the first time since August, bringing an end to their 18-game winning run.
  • Only two teams have won more Premier League points in a calendar year than Man City in 2017 (98) – Man Utd in 1993 (102) and Chelsea in 2005 (101).
  • Crystal Palace have only lost one of their last 10 Premier League games (W3 D6), having lost 13 of their 16 before this run.
  • Roy Hodgson has now failed to see his side score in his past five Premier League matches against Man City (D2 L3), a goalless run that stands at 465 minutes.
  • This was Palace’s fourth clean sheet in their past eight Premier League games, as many as they’d managed in their 25 matches prior to this.
  • Manchester City goalkeepers have saved 10 of the past 17 penalties they’ve faced in all competitions, with four different goalkeepers saving those 10 (Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo, Willy Caballero and Ederson).
  • Wayne Hennessey was the first Crystal Palace goalkeeper since Nigel Martyn in May 1993 to keep a Premier League clean sheet against Man City.
  • Crystal Palace have missed five penalties since the start of last season, two more than any other Premier League side.
  • Raheem Sterling is the only Premier League player to have both won and conceded a penalty this season.

What’s next?

Crystal Palace travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on 2 January (19:45 GMT), while Manchester City host Watford on the same evening (20:00 GMT).

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester City 0.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester City 0.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Danilo.

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kevin De Bruyne went off injured after Manchester City had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces Jason Puncheon because of an injury.

Delay in match Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Delay in match Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

Penalty saved! Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area.

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Touré replaces Bernardo Silva.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Danilo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tries a through ball, but Luka Milivojevic is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

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