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By Simon Peach, PA Chief Football Writer

Crystal Palace ruined Pep Guardiola’s 200th Premier League game at the Manchester City hotseat when Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher beat the 10-man in an impressive yet surprising win Hosts secured.

Few predicted anything other than a celebration for the reigning champions on Saturday afternoon, but the well-rehearsed visitors triumphed thanks to an intelligent and energetic performance.

Zaha fired Palace into an early lead in the Etihad Stadium after taking advantage of a mistake by Aymeric Laporte, whose afternoon got worse when he was sent off for knocking down the Palace star at the end of the first half.

Gabriel Jesus thought he had leveled until the VAR ruled out the goal for offside.


It was a first Premier League loss since the opening weekend of the season for Guardiola’s men, while Patrick Vieira – a former City player and coach – celebrated the best performance of his Palace government.

The Eagles started with the forefoot and silenced Etihad Stadium after just six minutes.

City brought the ball out from behind when Laporte fell into no man’s land after being startled by pressure from Gallagher and Zaha. </ The duo broke out forward and the former slipped in the local star to take a low, perhaps hopeful, left-footed shot over Ederson in the far corner. The former Manchester United man clearly enjoyed the goal.

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Vicente Guaita stopped a Rodri snapshot and Joao Cancelo struck wildly on goal as the hosts tried to level. Joachim Andersen prevented Phil Foden from directing a bubbly cross from Kyle Walker home.

City fans resented the perceived waste of time at Palace and their afternoon got worse and worse in the first half of stoppage time.

Zaha converted center-back Laporte, who responded by pulling the goalscorer to the deck to prevent him from running on goal.

Referee Andre Marriner dealt a direct red card – a decision that was confirmed by the VAR, very much to the chagrin of the hosts.

Bernardo Silva was booked for a frustrated challenge against Zaha, with Ederson joining him in the notebook when the mood frayed at half time.


Rodri scored a first goal just after Jack Grealish’s setback when play resumed after the break, but the Eagles still looked dangerous.

James McArthur scored at the end of a good team move and Marc Guehi headed just after a free kick won and hit by impressive midfielder Gallagher.

City examined patiently as they tried to keep Palace calm on the other end. Jesus saw an attempt saved before Zaha raced through Ederson before the offside flag was belatedly hoisted. City had returned to the center line after wholeheartedly celebrating Jesus as he directed a beautiful flank home from Foden, only so VAR decided the playmaker was sidelined in the build-up process.

Jordan Ayew missed a glorious chance and Cancelo saw a low shot as the game swung from end to end.

Ederson did well, Gallagher and there were cheers when Guaita was finally booked for wasting time.

City pushed for an equalizer, but was hit by a second late. Zaha kept a cool head under pressure and faced substitute Michael Olise, who fired Gallagher to shoot home.

Premier League

Brighton have been closest to the end of Liverpool’s 24-game streak without loss in the last six months as Graham Potter’s side recovered from two goals after a 2-2 draw at Anfield.


Arsenal got off to a quick start and continued their good run with victory at Leicester on Saturday with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in inspired form.




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