ANDROS Townsend’s stunning goal helped Crystal Palace to a shock 3-2 victory at reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
Ilkay Gundogan put the hosts ahead in the 27th minute with a header from Fabian Delph’s cross before Palace hit back through Jeffrey Schlupp’s low shot five minutes later.
Townsend’s swerving left-footed volley from 30 yards, a contender for goal of the season, silenced the Etihad Stadium and put struggling Palace in front in the 35th minute.
The Eagles dared to dream of three points when Luka Milivojevic rifled home a penalty in the 51st minute.
Kevin De Bruyne pulled City back into the game after 85 minutes as his cross drifted in off the post, but their first home defeat of the season leaves them four points behind leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea also lost ground in the title race as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.
Jamie Vardy’s close-range effort in the 51st minute settled the contest to keep the Blues in fourth place.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal moved level on points with Chelsea with a 3-1 win over Burnley.
After the Gabon star had scored twice, Ashley Barnes’ low finish in the 63rd minute brought Burnley back into the contest but Alex Iwobi’s closerange finish made sure the Clarets remained in the relegation zone.
Southampton’s resurgence under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl continued as they beat Huddersfield 3-1.
Nathan Redmond opened the scoring after 15 minutes and Danny Ings’ 42nd-minute penalty put Southampton in control.
Huddersfield hit back in the 58th minute through Philip Billing before substitute Michael Obafemi scored his first Saints goal after 71 minutes.
Bottom side Fulham moved level on points with 19th-placed Huddersfield after a 0-0 draw at Newcastle.
Wales star David Brooks’ double helped Bournemouth to a 2-0 victory over Brighton, who had Lewis Dunk sent off after 73 minutes for a second bookable offence.
Elsewhere, Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty and Gerard Deulofeu’s late goal earned Watford a 2-0 win at West Ham.