Manchester City Draws Crystal Palace and Drops Points: Premier League Weekend Roundup

2023-12-16 17:35:00

Manchester City loses two new points! This Saturday, the Citizens, who led 2-0, finally conceded the point of the draw against Crystal Palace (2-2), during the 17th day of the Premier League. At the Etihad Stadium, Jack Grealish (24th) and Rico Lewis (54th) had put theirs into orbit. But, at the end of the match, Jean-Philippe Mateta (76th) then Michael Olise, from the penalty spot (90th+6), brought the two teams back to an equal score. In the standings, the Skyblues remain fourth and the Eagles fifteenth.

For the third consecutive meeting, in all competitions, Manchester City had to do without its star Erling Haaland. At the forefront of the attack, it was Julian Alvarez who replaced him. The Argentinian got his team’s first chance, but his header was diverted by Dean Henderson (5th). For this match, the striker was notably supported by Jack Grealish, on the left wing. The Englishman managed to open the scoring with a low shot with his right foot (24th, 1-0).

Manchester City seemed untouchable

The midfielder was then imitated by his compatriot Rico Lewis. The young player, after warming Henderson’s gloves for the first time in the first act (36th), gave his team some breathing room after the break with a powerful half-volley from close range ( 54th, 2-0). Just before, Alvarez thought he had been the author of the break, on a free kick, but the VAR had signaled an offside position by Rodri (52nd).

At that moment, Pep Guardiola’s men seemed untouchable, with a ball more than confiscated (74% possession), and even other opportunities. On the left side, Josko Gvardiol, although full-back, has shown, on several occasions, great offensive qualities. With, initially, a sequence of chest control-right strike in the penalty area (29th), then a new attempt with the right (36th). In the second act, the defender stood out again, with a header (58th). But without success. On the other hand, Bernardo Silva was not more lucky. The Portuguese first tried to find the top corner with his left foot (63rd). Before falling, again, on an excellent Henderson, on his curling shot (87th).

The French of Crystal Palace shine

The Eagles goalkeeper made sure to preserve the score for his team, who had just reduced the gap. After showing absolutely nothing during the first 75 minutes, Crystal Palace found the fault, thanks to Jean-Philippe Mateta, scorer from close range (76th, 2-1). Before saving an unexpected point, at the end of added time, thanks to his second French holder, Michael Olise, from the penalty spot (90th + 5, 2-2).

A scenario that repeats itself for the Skyblues, who have won only one of their last six Premier League matches, for four draws and one defeat. From now on, Manchester City will head to Saudi Arabia, for their Club World Cup semi-final, against the Japanese from Urawa, this Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Hoping, before that, a misstep from Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa, for the rest and end of this 17th day of the Premier League.

A little further down in the ranking, Newcastle, which suffered two heavy defeats in the Premier League and an elimination in the European Cups, moved up to sixth place, after its victory against Fulham (3-0). The goals were scored by Lewis Miley (57th), Miguel Almiron (64th) and Dan Burn (82nd). The Cottagers quickly found themselves down to ten, after the red card received by Raul Jimenez (22nd). Chelsea, also after two defeats in a row in the elite, also returned to success, against Sheffield United (2-0). Thanks to two goals scored by Cole Palmer (54th) and Nicolas Jackson (61st). The Blues are tenth.

As for the other meeting of the afternoon, between Bournemouth and Luton, it was interrupted, while the score was tied (1-1). An interruption which followed the discomfort of Tom Lockyer, captain of Luton.

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