Man City suffer shock Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts at the end of the match as Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson celebrates in Manchester

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts at the end of the match as Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson celebrates in Manchester

While this defeat means they will trail Liverpool by four points on Christmas Day - compared to the same time previous year when they were 13 points clear at the top - it would clearly be foolish to write them off, especially before the halfway stage of the season.

His accurate cross allowed Gundogan to ghost between defenders Mamadou Sakho and Patrick van Aanholt to head a superb finish past Vicente Guaita.

The City fans were still on their feet singing "stand up for the champions" until just before Jeffrey Schlupp equalised from the edge of the box, and that setback was still sinking in when Townsend's sensational volley sent shockwaves through the stadium soon afterwards.

Palace winger Andros Townsend scored his side's second goal with a spectacular volley which he rated the best of his career.

City's hopes of getting back into the game were dashed when Kyle Walker rashly fouled Max Meyer and Luka Milivojevic stuck home the resulting penalty.

The defeat ended City's flawless home form in the league this season and arrived 28 years to the day since Palace last won on the road against the Blues.

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Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, said Crystal Palace had won three "bonus points" at Manchester City.

Guardiola appeared to blank his right-back at full-time after City's second league defeat of the season but was more constructive afterwards. The two teams meet on January 4 (NZ time).

"We have Leicester and Southampton away, they are the most important games".

Seeking a 10th straight victory in home league games this season, ... "We have lost but we are only looking at ourselves game to game", said City captain Fabian Delph. Vardy said on Saturday (NZ time) that Puel's patient playing style did not suit him but his goal showed the value of having a top striker in the team.

"We had just made some changes and chose to play with two strikers to try to get back in the game, then straight away we give away a penalty and a third goal", he added.

Elsewhere, fifth-plaved Arsenal drew level on points with Chelsea after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice in a 3-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.

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