Townsend excels as Palace sink City
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.