How Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka forced Man City’s Leroy Sane into hiding

Manchester City 2 – Crystal Palace 3

Crystal Palace stunned the Premier League on Saturday winning 3-2 at Manchester City.

It was the first time the Eagles had won in Manchester – against either United or City – in 20 years.

No-one gave Palace a hope in hell of beating Man City before kick-off.

Indeed, speaking on the BBC before the game, Leon Osman joked it would be a good day for Crystal Palace if they only lost 3-0.

Man City’s defeat was even more unlikely after Ilkay Gundogan opened with a header in the first half.

Two goals in three first half minutes changed everything. Jeffrey Schlupp drilled a superb shot into the City net for Palace’s leveller.

While Andros Townsend scored a goal of the season contender – a thrilling volley from outside the box – to blast the Eagles into the lead.

A Luka Milivojevic penalty had Palace 3-1 up early in the second half.

Kevin De Bruyne set up a nervy finish with a lucky goal from distance five minutes from time.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Leroy Sane

On Match of the Day, Alan Shearer singled out Aaron Wan-Bissaka for particular praise against Man City.

Shearer claimed Wan-Bissaka had his best match of the season for the Eagles at the Etihad Stadium.

The Crystal Palace right-back not only neutralised Leroy Sane in the game, he also forced the German winger to change his position.

Shearer first flagged up how OWB kept tackling Sane:

Normally, when the ball is knocked in behind you’re dead, because of the pace of Leroy Sane. But look at Wan-Bissaka’s recovery, the way he turns and the way he gets back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Leroy Sane (1)

He puts in a crunching tackle to not let him get away. Sane has six goals and seven assists in his 10 starts, he has been a main player for City. He marked him out today.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Leroy Sane (2)

Shearer then noticed how Sane moved infield to try and get some more joy which never materialised:

Because he’s had no success on the wing Sane, he starts to drift inside. I’ve got to give Townsend a mention because he gave great protection in front all afternoon. Sane is hiding, virtually.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Leroy Sane (3)

Sergio Aguero comes on. No width. Normally City stretch you. But Sane is not out there because he’s getting no joy whatsoever.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Leroy Sane (4)

Also see: Man United are ‘five years’ behind Liverpool & Man City – Graeme Souness.

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