Man City ease past Palace, keep title hopes on track (video)

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  • Man City go top of the table
  • Sterling scores twice; 17 PL goals this season
  • 3 defeats in 5 for Palace

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday to keep their title bid on track.

Two classy goals from Raheem Sterling set them on their way to victory, with Gabriel Jesus grabbing a late goal after Luka Milivojevic had pulled one back for Palace. In the end, Pep Guardiola‘s men won with minimum fuss to put the pressure back on Liverpool, who they have a game in hand of in the Premier League title race.

With the win City momentarily moved back to the top of the table on 83 points, and the reigning PL champs know they will win the title if they win all of their remaining five games. Palace remain in 13th on 39 points.

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City started brightly and had a big chance to take the lead, with David Silva wriggling away from defenders inside the box and then setting up Sterling who somehow dragged his effort wide.

But Sterling was clinical with his next chance. Kevin De Bruyne played a wonderful ball through to Sterling and he took one touch before clipped a delightful shot into the far top corner to make it 1-0.

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Leroy Sane then dribbled at goal and forced Vicente Guaita into a smart stop at his near post and Aguero smashed a shot over the bar. Palace tried hard to contain City but didn’t have many chances of their own as Benteke, Zaha and Townsend struggled to impact the game.

City looked dangerous on the break throughout the game, and should have been 2-0 up as Ilkay Gundogan clipped a lovely ball over the top but three Man City players got in each others way and De Bruyne’s shot was saved by Guaita.

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Guaita then saved as De Bruyne’s cross flicked off Martin Kelly and towards his own goal, but Palace’s goalkeeper reacted well down low. Man City doubled their lead in style, as a flowing move saw Aguero, Silva and Sane combine to set up Sterling as he tapped home to make it 2-0.

But Palace set up a nervous finish for City, as Milivojevic curled home a free kick to make it 2-1 after Cheikhou Kouyate caused havoc in the defensive wall.

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Despite that scare, City wrapped up in the win in the 90th minute as De Bruyne launched a counter and set up substitute Gabriel Jesus (who looked to be just offside) to slot home the third.

Job done for Man City.

Palace wins at Newcastle behind Milivojevic penalty

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  • Yedlin takes down Zaha in box
  • Milivojevic converts PK with Palace’s first effort on target in 81st
  • Magpies’ Lejeune stretchered off

Luka Milivojevic scored his 10th penalty kick of the season in a 1-0 defeat of otherwise in-control Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Palace moves 12th with the win and is virtually assured of safety, while Newcastle is four points behind with 35 points.

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The chances were almost exclusively Newcastle save for a Martin Dubravka denial of an offside Michy Batshuayi.

The Magpies attacked down the right and left with DeAndre Yedlin and Miguel Almiron, while Salomon Rondon looked the best bet for an opening goal.

Fabian Schar was also dangerous in the middle, as Newcastle was well in control of the match.

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Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was a busy man at times, and collected a Florian Lejeune header off an early second half corner.

Almiron cued up Yedlin for a right-footed strike from 17 yards that knuckled just a bit high and wide of the upper 90.

Lejeune then went down with a scary left ankle injury in which he was signaling for a change before he even hit the turf. He was given oxygen before being stretchered off the pitch.

Benteke flubbed a brilliant cross from Andros Townsend on the counter as Palace’s 78th minute opportunity was a rare one.

Yedlin conceded a penalty to Zaha in the 80th minute with a poor challenge on the free-running Ivorian winger.

A late cry for an Aaron Wan-Bissaka handball in the Palace box went unheard, and the Eagles walked away with three points.

Spurs christen new stadium with win (video)

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  • Spurs stage 1st game in new stadium
  • Eriksen with assist, goal
  • Son scores first goal in stadium history
  • JPW: Stadium a game changer

Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen scored second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur opened their new stadium with 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

The win puts Spurs back into third place on 63 points, while Palace is 13th with 36.

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The first half was, quite obviously, a half of firsts. Dele Alli registered the first shot on target in the Premier League history of the new stadium.

Vicente Guaita made a low stop on Christian Eriksen before taking a poke from a rebound-hunting Heung-min Son.

Son ran onto an Eriksen through ball and lashed a shot that Guaita fumbled out of bounds for a corner.

Spurs had several claims for handball in the Palace box, but no call arrived at home.

Eriksen added a goal in the 80th minute, falling backward amidst penalty cries when he hit the ball past Guaita.

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Spurs had most of the ball in the early stages of the second half as well, save a Michy Batshuayi shot wide of the post.

Then Son went into the history books as the first goal scorer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, taking a touch to the middle before shooting across his body with a left-footer that took a wicked deflection to beat Guaita in the 55th.

A blocked pass sprung Harry Kane on goal, but he floated his effort wide of the gaping frame after beating Guaita.

Palace had its chances late, but the stars were aligned to give Hugo Lloris a clean sheet at the new stadium.

Watford beat Palace, reach FA Cup semis (video)

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Watford beat Premier League rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, as they booked their spot in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley Stadium.

Andre Gray was the hero, as the substitute came on and sealed the win with 10 minutes to go.

Etienne Capoue put Watford 1-0 up in the first half, but Crystal Palace fought back well and Michy Batshuayi scored a fine equalizer as it looked like the game would go to extra time.

However, Watford are heading to Wembley for their second FA Cup semifinal in the last four seasons.

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Palace started brightly and whipped plenty of crosses into the box towards Batshuayi, but Watford had the first big chance of the game.

Gerard Deulofeu wriggled free but Vicente Guaita saved well at his near post to deny Watford’s Spanish forward.

After plenty of pressure on the Palace goal, Capoue deservedly put them ahead from a corner which Guaita flapped at. The ball fell to the Frenchman 10 yards out and Capoue sidefooted home calmly to put Watford 1-0 up.

Guaita redeemed himself moments later as Deulofeu smashed an effort towards the top corner which Palace’s goalkeeper pushed away. Deulofeu then had a free kick saved well by Guaita as Watford were by far the more dangerous side in the first half.

Palace improved in the second half, as Batshuayi fired an effort just wide and Andros Townsend began to get on the ball more and more.

Adrian Marriapa then handed Palace a glorious chance to equalize, as Batshuayi robbed the ball off of the Watford defender and finished superbly to make it 1-1.

Watford retook the lead thanks to super sub Gray, as he scored just 121 second after coming on the pitch.

Pereyra’s magnificent ball into the box saw Gray swipe it home first time, as Watford were just 10 minutes from the semifinal at Wembley.

Aaron Wan Bissaka then denied Deulofeu a tap in after Deeney’s shot was parried and Luka Milivojevic cleared Craig Cathcart‘s header as the hosts cranked through the gears late on.

At the other end Wan Bissaka dragged his shot just wide as Palace’s chance to take the game to extra time came and went.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace v. Brighton

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Crystal Palace host Brighton & Hove Albion (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a massive rivalry clash to kick off the Premier League action this weekend.

The M23 derby is here.

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Palace have won three of their last five games, with Wilfried Zaha firing on all cylinders, and Roy Hodgson‘s men can almost see light at the end of the tunnel in their battle against relegation.

Brighton are just three points and two places behind Palace, but Chris Hughton knows his team aren’t in great form and a win in this derby would be hugely important for momentum in the final months of the season.

In team news Palace bring in James McArthur and Andros Townsend for Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate with Vicente Guaita replacing Wayne Hennessey in goal, while Brighton made one change as Florin Andone replaced former Palace striker Glenn Murray in the lineup… but Andone was injured in the warm up and Murray comes back in.


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