Townsend ex­cels as Palace sink City

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: An­dros Townsend’s stun­ning goal helped Crys­tal Palace to a shock 3-2 vic­tory at reign­ing 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 left­footed 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.

Luka Milivo­je­vic ri­fled home a penalty in the 51st minute mo­ments af­ter Townsend had hit the post.

Kevin De Bruyne pulled City back into the game af­ter 85 min­utes as his cross drifted in off a post, but their first home de­feat of the sea­son leaves them four points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool.

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