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Gutsy Palace stun Man City


Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goal against Manchester City with teammates in their game played at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Picture: Reuters, Hannah Mckay

A goal each from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher earned Crystal Palace an impressive win over Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Manchester – Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scored a goal each to stun champions Manchester City with a 2-0 win in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Palace took the lead in the sixth minute when Zaha’s scuffed left-footed shot found its way past Ederson after Aymeric Laporte had been caught in possession by Gallagher.

The visitors pressed furiously in the opening exchanges as City’s midfield were allowed little time on the ball, leading to a number of stray passes and few clear chances in front of goal.

Laporte’s dismal afternoon came to a premature end in first-half stoppage time when he was shown a straight red card for bringing down Zaha and denying the Ivory Coast international a goal-scoring opportunity.

City, however, found their stride after the break and Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the net on the hour-mark, only for it to be chalked off after Phil Foden was found to have been offside in the build-up.

Manager Pep Guardiola threw on Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling in the search for an equaliser, but Gallagher put the game beyond doubt in the 88th minute with an excellent finish following a swift Palace counter-attack.


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