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Man City 0-2 Crystal Palace highlights and reaction as Zaha and Gallagher goals bury Blues after Laporte sent off

Manchester City couldn’t bounce back from their Carabao Cup defeat at West Ham and as Crystal Palace condemned them to back-to-back losses this afternoon.

City are well-placed in the Premier League and were in fine form following last week’s win at Brighton. However, a much-changed side lost on penalties to end City’s five-year dominance of the League Cup at West Ham, so Pep Guardiola will have been be looking for a reaction today on his 200th Premier League game.

Guardiola made nine changes from the West Ham game, with Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne the only players keeping their places.

However, Patrick Vieira’s Palace took an early lead through Wilf Zaha after Aymeric Laporte had given possession away cheaply. Laporte’s afternoon went from bad to worse in first half stoppage time as he hauled down Zaha and got a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

City’s ten men tried to get back into things, but saw Gabriel Jesus’ equaliser ruled out for an earlier offside. And Palace confirmed a deserved win late on as Conor Gallagher scored a late second.

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Guardiola’s verdict

No blame on the referee.

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Zaha: We got in their faces

Wilfried Zaha was at the heart of everything Palace did today – including winding up a number of City players.

He’s explained how that was part of their game plan from the start:

“It was about getting in their faces and not letting them play. We know how good they are, we wanted to show them what we could do.

“I scuffed it but a goal is a goal. I was just buzzing to see it go in so I was happy. Conor Gallagher brings a lot of energy and I needed people to link up with and it makes a mass difference when he helps out.

“I feel like we have had a threat but the difference now is that we keep the ball from the back and build and make our chances. We are exploiting our talent.”

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Dias: We are thinking about the next game

Ruben Dias says City are already focussed on facing Club Brugge in the Champions League this week, as he admitted he didn’t think Aymeric Laporte should have been sent off.

He said:

“The reaction is that we have a game in a short period of time and we are already thinking about it. Today we lost three very important points but it is football. We are not happy but looking forward.

“Today we were not at our best but even so the team fought and gave everything and it was not enough.

“I still haven’t had the chance to watch it back [Aymeric Laporte’s red card] again. It was a little bit strange to see a red. I was walking back thinking it was a yellow. I never thought he [the referee] would go for a red but we have to accept it.”

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REPORT: Laporte risks Guardiola wrath again

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Gallagher hails Palace ‘luck’

Crystal Palace goalscorer Conor Gallagher says the visitors got some luck today but were also good value for a hard-fought win.

He also gave this thoughts on the red card (via BBC):

It was brilliant honestly. What a feeling to finally get a bit of luck on our side even though we deserved. To get three points against a team like that away is a great feeling. We can take confidence from that.

“To get a goal early on helped a lot because we had something to hold on to. To keep a clean sheet even though they were down to 10 men is still not easy with the players they have.

“I should not have even been in the box. The boss told me to sit in but I just had a feeling I could get a chance and thankfully I was able to finish it.

“We’ve been unlucky with results in the last few games. When you come to Manchester City you naturally defend more and work a little bit harder. We were brilliant defensively.

“I thought Wilf [Zaha] was through on goal and he [Laporte] had to be sent off.”

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Player Ratings


Looked slow to go down for Zaha’s shot and added unnecessary pressure with a yellow card 5

Kyle Walker

Important in dealing with Palace’s counters in a back three, but he suffered from the general City malaise 6

Ruben Dias

Won his duels and dug in hard when it was needed, a stark contrast to his defensive partner 7

Aymeric Laporte

Got the Blues off to a stinker with a sloppy pass that gifted Zaha the goal, and then earned a red card 3

Joao Cancelo

Couldn’t hit a pass straight first half, improved as right wing-back in the second half 5

Read the full ratings here.

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte walks down the tunnel after he was sent off vs Crystal Palace

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Full time

An afternoon to forget on Pep Guardiola’s 200th Premier League games in charge.

Wilf Zaha’s early goal set Palace on their way, before Aymeric Laporte saw red just before the break. Despite City trying to salvage something – with Gabriel Jesus’ goal disallowed – the visitors confirmed a deserved win with Conor Gallagher’s late second.

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte brings down Wilfried Zaha and is sent off

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Five minutes added

It won’t make a difference.

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Gallagher scores for Palace

On the break, Conor Gallagher wraps this game up for Palace.

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Guaita booked

Vincente Guaita finally gets a booking for timewasting, despite starting slowing things down about 80 minutes ago.

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Final Palace change

It’s just not happening for City, despite all the attackers now on the pitch.

Michael Olise is on for Cheikhou Kouyate for Palace.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are still drawing and Chelsea at 3-0 up at Newcastle and set to move five points clear of City.

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Double change for City

Riyad Mahrez replaces Joao Cancelo, and Jack Grealish is off for Raheem Sterling.

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Big save from Ederson

Conor Gallagher gets the shot away but Ederson parries around the post. Good save.

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Palace change

Jeffrey Schlupp is on for Odsonne Edouard.

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City need to come again

City haven’t really peppered the Palace goal as they would have liked so far in this half, which is perhaps why Stones is on. Guardiola often talks about how the build-up has to come from the back, and Stones has a reputation for his ability to do just that.

The offside looked very, very tight – especially considering this season was meant to see the end of lines scrutinising body parts.

Guardiola tried to whip the players up as soon as that decision was given and the fans are now doing their best to spur the players on.

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City battles for possession with Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace

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Brighton boost

Brighton have equalised against Liverpool which would be a welcome result for City given their own struggles today.

However, Chelsea have just taken the lead at Newcastle.

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Gallagher booked

Conor Gallagher earns a booking and City have a free kick.

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Benteke comes on

Something different for City’s defence to consider now, as Jordan Ayew makes was for Christian Benteke.

Ayew had just missed a good chance with his last kick of the afternoon.

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Goal ruled out

Phil Foden was offside in the build-up. Back to 0-1.

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Jesus equalises!!!

What was I just saying?

Moments after that defensive change, Phil Foden sends in a lovely ball for Gabriel Jesus, who cushions a lovely header past Guaita.

VAR are checking though.

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Stones replaces De Bruyne

Hardly the most attacking change.

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Wif Zaha goes through on goal and fires under Ederson, and only then does the flag go up.

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Stones coming on

That 3-3-3 formation hasn’t had the desired effect for Guardiola, so John Stones is coming on.

Gabriel Jesus has a rare shot on target.

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Nobody there

Phil Foden sends in a great ball right infront of goal, but there’s nobody there to touch it in. Wasted opportunity.

Blue Moon is given an airing from the home fans, trying to build up their underfiring players.

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3-3-3 formation

It looks like a 3-3-3 from City to start the second half, with Bernardo ready to track back alongside Rodri when he is needed and movement between Foden and Grealish up front.

City will expect to spend a lot of this half in the Palace third – as they have already done to be fair – but need to be wary of the counter…

Speaking of which, Connor Callagher fires over after good work with Jordan Ayew.

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Rodri shoots

Rodri takes aim, but it’s always rising and goes over.

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Three warming up already

City win a corner as three players warm up.

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