Cenk Tosun is barely the fourth Turkish participant to succeed in 10 or extra Premier League goalsPep Guardiola stated Manchester Metropolis’s goal is to “safe a spot” within the Champions League subsequent season after their faint title hopes had been dealt one other blow by a resolute Crystal Palace aspect.Fernandinho’s 90th-minute personal objective ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium on Saturday in a exceptional conclusion to the sport.The consequence leaves champions Metropolis 13 factors behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who’ve two video games in hand and play Manchester United on Sunday (16:30 GMT).Two Sergio Aguero objectives within the final 10 minutes had turned an exciting contest on its head – and regarded set to earn Metropolis victory – after Cenk Tosun had given the Eagles a first-half lead.Palace had the ultimate phrase, nonetheless, when Wilfried Zaha stole down the left and put in a low cross that Fernandinho reached earlier than Connor Wickham, solely to divert the ball into his personal internet.For lengthy levels it appeared Metropolis would find yourself empty-handed, as they struggled to interrupt down a brilliantly organised Palace aspect.Kevin de Bruyne fired a first-half free-kick towards the underside of the bar with the rating at 0-Zero however, for all the house aspect’s possession, they discovered clear-cut probabilities laborious to return by.Palace, in the meantime, hardly ventured ahead till they scored and their defensive outlook was so entrenched, the Metropolis followers booed James McArthur for time-wasting as he walked over to take the nook that led to their first objective.When the ball did come over, Gary Cahill out jumped John Stones on the again put up and Tosun was unmarked to steer his knockdown into the nook.That silenced an already subdued stadium, with the house followers annoyed additional after the break when referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot for a Jairo Riedewald handball, just for the video assistant referee to overrule the choice. Replays confirmed the ball got here off the defender’s foot first as he blocked Joao Cancelo’s cross.It took Aguero to guide the rescue mission, together with his first objective – his 250th for the membership – coming when he turned residence a Gabriel Jesus cross, earlier than his second noticed him expertly nod residence a Benjamin Mendy supply. That ought to have settled the end result however Zaha had different concepts, sending in a harmful supply that Fernandinho may solely assist residence to protect their five-game unbeaten run.”We did every little thing to win the sport and sadly in the long run we misplaced two factors as a result of we couldn’t cease the counter-attack,” stated Guardiola.”However we now have to proceed. There are nonetheless lots of video games to play. Now we have to attempt to safe the place for the Champions League subsequent season.”No birthday pleasure for Guardiola
Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola says his aspect created probably the most probabilities towards Crystal PalaceManager Pep Guardiola hoped to have fun his 49th birthday with three factors slightly than by taking his Metropolis squad to a neighborhood cinema to observe La La Land, which he did when he turned 46.However his jubilant response to Aguero’s second objective turned to despair after Palace punished his aspect for dreaming on the again in all too acquainted trend.The laborious work had been carried out – they’d discovered a approach to break down a resilient Eagles aspect that provided Metropolis few probabilities after the break.There was no manner by the center of the pitch so, time after time, Metropolis fired balls into the field. That they had 46 crosses from open play alone.That tactic repeatedly resulted in frustration till two deliveries, each from the left, discovered Aguero in house, and he made no mistake.Guardiola celebrated Metropolis’s second objective wildly however he was quickly again on the touchline to bark directions at his gamers – sadly for him, they didn’t comply with them.A lapse in focus noticed Cancelo stray too far ahead, permitting Zaha to profit from the house behind him, with Stones unable to catch him.”I advised them to maintain going, put extra balls into the field and attempt to management Zaha on the counter-attack,” Guardiola added.”It is troublesome to analyse after they shoot one nook don’t have any extra probabilities and we did many instances and sadly couldn’t win. We take it one sport at a time.”Palace get reward for effort and organisation
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises Cenk Tosun after debut objective towards Man Metropolis.Palace had been the one group to win right here within the Premier League final season, and got here near a well-known double – Guardiola has by no means misplaced consecutive residence video games towards the identical opponent throughout his time at Metropolis.Whereas that triumph got here largely thanks to 2 good strikes from distance – first from Jeffrey Schlupp after which notably from Andros Townsend – the purpose they earned right here got here from teamwork, effort and self-discipline.Roy Hodgson’s aspect wanted a leading edge too, after all, and so they received it from Tosun, who has joined on mortgage from Everton.The Turkey striker marked his first begin for the membership with a superb end to present Palace the lead with their first effort at objective, and he examined Ederson once more after the break.”Now we have solely had him for every week so we’re nonetheless studying about him, however his efficiency was not solely very skilled but in addition technically excellent,” Hodgson stated. “He’ll be delighted together with his debut and I hope he continues alongside these traces for the subsequent 15 video games, as a result of there’s lots of soccer to be performed.”The Eagles have been in need of objectives this season – they got here into this match with the joint-lowest tally within the prime flight – but when Tosun continues in the identical vein then he may hearth them even additional up the desk.Man of the match – Sergio Aguero (Manchester Metropolis)
Sergio Aguero gave every little thing to get his aspect again within the sport and his two objectives ought to have been sufficient to safe all three pointsAguero and Silva attain landmark figures – the statsManchester Metropolis have conceded 12 objectives of their 12 league video games on the Etihad this season, as many as their 19 residence league matches final time period.This was Metropolis’s third Premier League draw of the marketing campaign, greater than they’d of their 38 matches in final season’s competitors.Crystal Palace have drawn 4 consecutive Premier League video games for under the second time.Manchester Metropolis have conceded the primary objective in six of their previous 9 residence league video games, as many as they’d of their first 60 beneath Guardiola.Guardiola grew to become the fifth supervisor to take cost of Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League on his birthday, with all 5 failing to win (additionally Brian Horton in 1995, Joe Royle in 2001, Mark Hughes in 2009 and Roberto Mancini in 2010 and 2011).Crystal Palace’s Cenk Tosun – on mortgage from Everton – grew to become solely the fourth Turkish participant to succeed in 10 or extra Premier League objectives, after Muzzy Izzet (34), Tuncay Sanli (20) and Tugay (10).David Silva made his 300th Premier League look for Manchester Metropolis – turning into the primary participant to succeed in that whole for the membership within the competitors.What’s subsequent? Metropolis head to Bramall Lane on Tuesday to play Sheffield United within the Premier League (19:30 GMT), whereas Palace host Southampton on the similar time.