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.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 22, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Sergio Aguero comes on. No width. Normally City stretch you. But Sane is not out there because he’s getting no joy whatsoever.