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Palace eliminates Spurs from FA Cup

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Tottenham Hotspur’s miserable January continued Sunday with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had targeted cup success and was flummoxed when Chelsea avenged a first leg deficit by knocking the North Londoners out of the League Cup at the semifinal stage at midweek.

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Now nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League and facing Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League’s Round of 16, Spurs’ avenues toward a first trophy since the 2008 League Cup.

Having conceded a ninth minute tap-in goal to Connor Wickham and a penalty to Andros Townsend for a handball on Kyle Walker-Peters, Spurs were handed a chance to jump back into the game when Patrick Van Aanholt caught Juan Foyth in the box.

Enter Kieran Trippier and exit music for a wide effort.

Spurs host Watford at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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Kante pulls Chelsea closer to 2nd

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  • Blues move five clear of fifth place Arsenal
  • Kante scores third of season
  • Palace fails to get shot on target

N'Golo Kante‘s second half goal gave Chelsea some Top Four insurance with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday at Selhurst Park.

The win pulls Chelsea two points back of second place Spurs and five points ahead of Arsenal.

Palace remains 15th with 19 points, one ahead of Newcastle and five clear of 18th place Fulham.

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After a sleepy first half highlighted by Willian seeing a free kick tip over the bar, Chelsea needed little more than five second-half minutes to make it 1-0.

David Luiz spied Kante’s run and chipped a past over the Palace team. Kante chested it down and used his chasing mark to cut a shot across his body, off Wayne Hennessey and into the goal.

Connor Wickham used a rare appearance to nearly draw Palace level, winning an impressive physical battle and chesting a ball into shooting range but getting his angle screwed up in a poke over the goal.

Chelsea outshot Palace 12-3, and held the Eagles without a shot on target.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City: Yaya returns with brace-bagging vigor

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  • Toure scores early, late
  • Wickham for Palace
  • City reclaims first

Yaya Toure returned with a vengeance, scoring twice in his first Premier League start under Pep Guardiola and lifting Manchester City back atop the table with a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

City is level with Liverpool on points and goal differential, but could be passed by Chelsea for the Premier League lead on Sunday.

Connor Wickham scored the only goal for Palace, which is a single point shy of the drop zone.

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Palace kept some of the ball in the very early stages, but City settled into possession by the 20 minute mark. Raheem Sterling did some electrifying work down the right, only to see his inviting pass cleared out by Palace.

City keeper Claudio Bravo went untested during that first stanza, and Yohan Cabaye‘s promising free kick wasn’t redirected toward the Chilean backstop.

Vincent Kompany was a surprise start, albeit not as eye-opening as Toure, and had to leave in the first half. He collided with Bravo and later couldn’t carry on, emotionally departing the pitch.

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Palace dodged a red card when Jason Puncheon chopped down a charging Pablo Zabaleta away from the play, but referee Bobby Madley and his crew didn’t see the event.

The game took an energetic turn as the Eagles found their footing, with Bravo making a fantastic save on a powerful Christian Benteke header in the 56th minute. Benteke then headed a following corner, but the City line stopped the opportunity.

City then had a possible goal of its own taken off the line when Joel Ward cleared Sergio Aguero’s chance off the line, and Wickham responded on the counter when Bravo could only manage a piece of his counter effort. The halftime sub faked a shot to freeze Zabaleta just enough to get a shot away.

A hard cross from Kevin De Bruyne then found Raheem Sterling, but caught the Englishman off his belly and flew outside the near post.

Another corner arrived only for Kolarov’s underhit redirection to be collected by Wayne Hennessey.

Puncheon nearly made it 2-2 in the seventh minute of five minutes stoppage (you read that right), but his poked bounced wide of the frame.

Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace: Barnes wins it in stoppage

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  • Barnes at the death
  • Burnley up 2-0 by 15′
  • Wickham pulls one back
  • Benteke nabs equalizer

Shocking defending put Crystal Palace down 2-0, and a valiant comeback was betrayed by that same defense in a 3-2 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke had leveled things for the visitors, but a 94th minute counter attack had Palace at the proverbial sixes and sevens as Ashley Barnes pushed a winner past Steve Mandanda.

Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored the opening goals for Burnley, who rise to ninth in the table with 14 points. Palace sinks 15th, with 11 points.

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Palace’s defense was all over the place on the opening goal. Despite a cross hit too far and a less-than-ideal hit at goal, Vokes was able to bundle in the opener to make it 1-0 in the second minute.

And, oh, Steve Mandanda. After a strong save by Tom Heaton at the other end, Burnley’s Vokes slipped Gudmundsson in on goal. Mandanda’s parry of the Burnley man’s rip bounced into the net.

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Palace pulled within a goal when substitute Wickham took Wilfried Zaha‘s cross with style to make it 2-1. And Benteke finished a penalty kick opportunity to make honors even before Barnes’ surprising late goal.

VIDEO: Premier League Player of the Week — Round 28

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The big man is finally delivering, at the expense of his former teammates.

Connor Wickham scored his second successive brace in Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland.

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It wasn’t enough to snap the Eagles’ winless skid in the Premier League, now at 11, but the striker’s return to form has been good to see.

The 6-foot-3 22-year-old now has five goals in 15 matches.

Premier League Players of the Week

Week 1: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 2: Romelu Lukaku, Everton

Week 3: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth

Week 4: Bafetimbi Gomis, Swansea City

Week 5: Steven Naismith, Everton

Week 6: Anthony Martial, Manchester United

Week 7: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Week 10: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 11: Arouna Kone, Everton

Week 12: Jesse Lingard, Manchester United

Week 15: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 16: Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United

Week 17: Odion Ighalo, Watford

Week 19: Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City

Week 20: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

Week 21: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

Week 22: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 23: Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 24: Fraser Forster, Southampton

Week 25: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa

Week 26: Pedro, Chelsea

Week 27: Marcus Rashford, Manchester United

Week 28: Connor Wickham, Crystal Palace