Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

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.

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