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Manchester City’s draw against Crystal Palace: There’s little to celebrate on Pep Guardiola’s birthday – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith

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Manchester City's draw against Crystal Palace: There's little to celebrate on Pep Guardiola's birthday - ENGLISH FOOTBALL 1

Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace (0:1)

Manchester City remain below their expectations in the Premier League. Against the underdogs of Crystal Palace, the reigning English champions played only 2-2 (0:1). Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero turned an 0-1 deficit into a provisional lead after the break, but Crystal Palace equalised just before the end – thanks to a goal from Fernandinho (90′). Pep Guardiola had certainly imagined his 49th birthday differently today.

Turkish international Cenk Tosun (39th minute) gave the visitors the lead in the first half. It lasted until the final stage, but then Aguero arrived. After a Gabriel Jesus flank, the Argentinian headed the ball into the goal to equalise (82nd), five minutes later, he hit the head after Benjamin Mendy headed to make it 2-1 (87th).

Citizens fans were hoping for their side’s victory for three minutes, then Crystal Palace fought back. Wilfried Zaha dribbled to the baseline and adapted well to the centre. There, the ball bounces from Fernandinho’s leg over the line in goal (90th). But substitute Connor Wickham was hiding behind the Brazilian and could have made it 2-2 without Fernandinho’s involuntary help.

City are currently second in the Premier League after 23 games, 13 points behind leaders Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have played two fewer games and will face Manchester United on Sunday. City have already disbarred the title defence.

Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield

Arsenal also missed a win. Against Sheffield United, the Londoners squandered the lead in their own stadium and drew 1-1 (1-0). The Gunners’ goal was scored by Gabriel Martinelli (45′). For guests, John Fleck (83rd). Arsenal remain 10th in the table, with Londoners having won only two of their last 10 games.

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