Manchester City

Manchester City lost the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Eglish Premier League table as they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Crystal Palace on Monday night. 

The defending champions went into the match aiming to avenge the 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture but came up against a determined Palace side that could have nicked it in the dying minutes.

City started the match on the front foot, with both Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker causing havoc from the wide areas.

The first chance fell to the hosts in the 13th minute when Walker dallied on the ball and was eventually pressured off it by Wilfried Zaha as Mateta burst forward and spotted Olise in acres of space to his right, but the forward flicked his left-foot shot wide.

City attacked the other end almost immediately but Bernardo Silva’s effort also went above the bar.

The defending champions very nearly found the breakthrough midway through the opening half when Cancelo’s dinked pass was inch-perfect as De Bruyne swiveled to shoot but Guaita got a big hand to it to tip it over.

Just before the half-hour mark, Cancelo rattled the post with a ferocious shot, but Aymeric Laporte failed to stab home the rebound.

Guita was forced to make a smart save just after the half-hour mark to deny Riyad Mahrez as Guardiola’s men sought to find the opener.

Palace almost matched City’s hunger, and talisman Zaha missed a glorious chance to give them the lead five minutes to the break as his well-taken shot whistled fractionally past the angle of the post and bar.

Manchester City’s profligacy gave Palace hope of getting a result as both sides traded blow after blow in the second half.

The visitors wasted another good chance to open the scores in the 57th minute when Mahrez failed to beat the keeper, moments after De Bruyne had hit the base of the post.

Arguably the miss of the match came in the 71st minute when Silva failed to find the target from a few yards out with the goal at his mercy.

Despite creating more chances going into the last 15 minutes of the match, City could not find a way through, failing to beat Palace for the second time this season.

The loss blew the title race wide open, with Liverpool, who are four points behind having a chance to cut their lead to just a point if they win their match at hand.


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