Andros Townsend scores ‘Goal of the Season’ to stun Manchester City

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23 December, 2018

But Palace responded quickly with a Jeffrey Schlupp strike and three minutes later a wondrous volley from mercurial England global Townsend, which will be a contender for goal of the season.

City have lost just once in the league this season (to Chelsea) and now sit four points behind league leaders Liverpool following the Reds 2-0 win over Wolves on Friday night.

Townsend's goal - a spectacular volley from 30 yards - was a contender for goal of the season.

The Citizens had not previously dropped a single point in their nine home games this season, but Palace stunned the champions with an unlikely turnaround at the Etihad Stadium.

Back-to-back away games are on the horizon and they can not afford to lose any more ground before hosting Jurgen Klopp's men in a blockbuster clash on January 3.

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Manchester City have looked virtually unstoppable so far this season but Pep Guardiola was wary of Crystal Palace's threat ahead of their game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Luka Milivojevic put the visitors further clear with a penalty after the break before Palace survived a late onslaught that saw Kevin De Bruyne score five minutes from time.

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Pep Guardiola was defiant in defeat, as City's 100% Premier League home record came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.

And Chelsea may be out of the title race after Leicester pulled off the other shock of the day, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

City did have a chance within the opening two minutes as Fabian Delph extended Palace's stand-in goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with a fierce drive. City have now lost twice in their past three Premier League matches, handing the Reds what could turn out to be crucial advantage.

Guardiola clearly does not intend to surrender the title easily, saying: "It is complicated, but we will fight until the last second". "You always think Andros has a shot like that in his locker, but I would have liked to see him score with his head", Hodgson said. "Three shots on goal and three goals".

"The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored".

Watford are sixth after a 2-0 win at West Ham, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu scoring the goals, while David Brooks scored two excellent goals as Bournemouth beat Brighton 2-0.

Fulham earned a goalless draw at Newcastle United but remained bottom of the table on 10 points alongside Huddersfield Town, who were beaten 3-1 by a Southampton side that looks rejuvenated under new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl. Townsend's header hits the post and Walker slides in on Meyer and the ref points to the spot.


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