Published: Sun, December 23, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ball boy interrupts play as Crystal Palace edge Man City 3-2

Ball boy interrupts play as Crystal Palace edge Man City 3-2

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

It is turning out to be a dream game week for Liverpool, who could potentially go six points clear on the top by Saturday night.

"The first time they pass the halfway line they scored a goal and then a few minutes later they score an incredible goal from Townsend so it was tough".

Crystal Palace inflicted a second loss of the season on Manchester City.

City had not lost any of their previous 52 league games against teams outside the traditional "big six", a run dating back almost two years to a defeat at Everton in January 2017.

There was plenty of criticism on social media for manager Pep Guardiola and his players, with one Manchester City defender coming in for particularly scathing treatment.

The defeat was City's second in three league games and handed the title initiative to Liverpool.

Palace looked home, and Betfair punters backed them in to [1.08] for the win but a late Kevin De Bruyne goal caused panic everywhere and the home side had their chances to register a third.

Pep Guardiola bemoaned the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker after Manchester City suffered their first home defeat of the season and left them four points adrift of Liverpool at the top of the table.

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.

Townsend's goal had come two minutes after Jeffery Schlupp had levelled the match.

In the late match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of Manchester United for the first time when his new club visits Cardiff. "He had a good performance, he is very happy with himself and as it came to him I thought 'that's not a bad body shape'".

He was beaming after three minutes when Marcus Rashford's free kick put United ahead and further goals before halftime from Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial - after a dazzling passing interchange - and a second-half double from Jesse Lingard made it a flawless start for the Norwegian. When you win 18 games in a run you have to lose, that's normal.

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. "We had just made some changes and chose to play with two strikers to try to get back in the game, then straight away we give away a penalty and a third goal". Eden Hazard hit the crossbar in the first half, and then Marcos Alonso did this in the final moments.

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