MANCHESTER: Crystal Palace put three goals past defending champions Manchester City, including a stunning strike by Andros Townsend, to win 3-2 on Saturday in the biggest upset of the Premier League so far.
City fell four points behind leaders Liverpool with one round to go before the midway stage of the campaign.
Andros Townsend. We have a goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/bKiNJE554o
— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) December 22, 2018
Palace had not won a league game at City since 1990 and went behind to a header from Ilkay Gundogan in the 27th minute.
Jeffrey Schlupp equalized for the visitors in the 33rd minute before a magnificent long-range dipping shot from Townsend into the top-right corner put Palace ahead two minutes later.
Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty just after the break when Kyle Walker fouled Max Meyer as Palace led 3-1.
Palace had a nervous finish after City substitute Kevin De Bruyne made it 3-2 with five minutes left with an apparent cross which goalkeeper Vicente Guaita could not keep out. Gabriel Jesus headed over the bar as City went close to grabbing a point but Roy Hodgson’s team successfully held out.