Crystal Palace shock defending champions Manchester City in English Premier League

Guardiola reacts after Man City’s surprise defeat by Crystal Palace at Etihad

Guardiola reacts after Man City’s surprise defeat by Crystal Palace at Etihad

Goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic led Palace to a remarkable 3-2 victory against the champions.

Liverpool opened up a four-point lead at the top with a highly impressive 2-0 win at Wolves on Friday to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Pep Guardiola was left lamenting defensive mistakes as Manchester City's first home defeat of the season allowed Liverpool to retain their four-point advantage going into Christmas, particularly the penalty Kyle Walker gave away to allow Crystal Palace what turned out to be the winning goal.

It seemed to be business as usual for City after German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan nodded them in front in the 27th minute, meeting a Fabian Delph cross from deep with a firm, downward header.

However, Pep Guardiola felt taht his team had played well and just fell victim to some clinical finishing from Crystal Palace. "We started slowly and the ball wasn't zipping about".

Wayne Rooney was a guest on BT Sport's coverage of the match, in which Man Utd scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

'We have to avoid conceding that kind of penalty but football is about good things, and sometimes bad things. John played so good in Leicester [in the unfamiliar position] so I wanted to give another option for [defending] long balls. Even the Spurs fans - a notoriously pessimistic bunch always forecasting the club's best player being sold to Real Madrid or a late-season collapse set to hit once all the luck runs out - are buying into the idea of Spurs having real staying power as one of the PL's elite sides.

"Gabriel [Jesus] scored two goals in the last game here versus Everton". We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.

Bernardo Silva's header out was met first time by Townsend who blasted his volley from 30 metres past helpless City keeper Ederson who could do nothing about the flawless combination of technique and power from the former Spurs and Newcastle player.

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