Andros Townsend’s stunning volley boosts Palace’s win at the Etihad stadium

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Crystal Palace beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad to stun the champions and leave Pep Guardiola’s side four points behind leaders Liverpool at Christmas.

The home side dominated the early exchanges and Ilkay Gundogan headed them in front after 27 minutes. However, Palace hit back six minutes later through Jeffrey Schlupp (33) and Andros Townsend’s stunning volley (35) put the visitors ahead at the break.

Luka Milivojevic extended Palace’s lead from the penalty spot (51) after Max Meyer was brought down by Kyle Walker and although Kevin de Bruyne got one back for City with five minutes remaining, Roy Hodgson’s team held on for a memorable victory.

The defeat, City’s second in three league games and a first at home this season, means there is daylight between the top two for the first time this season while Palace are up to 14th.

For the first half hour, everything went as expected with Fabian Delph’s drive from the edge of the box forcing a fine stop from Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal in the second minute, the home side dominating possession and keeping the visitors trapped inside their own half.

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