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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City at Selhurst Park

Selhurst Park Referee : Martin Atkinson
14th April 2019 2:05 PM (BST)
  • 1 Crystal Palace

    • ‘81' Luka Milivojevic
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘15' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘63' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘90' Gabriel Jesus


Commentary By Rob Pollard


Bye bye!

That's all for today. Another great win - nine in a row in the league. 

See you Wednesday when we take on Spurs in the Champions League. 

Until then, check out all the stats from today's game!


Pep might not watch Liverpool v Chelsea!

"I'll be on the bus or plane. Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari are playing. We will watch the Masters and maybe the Liverpool game. Hopefully, Chelsea do a good job."


Pep [on Sterling]

"He missed the first chance but the first goal was incredible. He's a guy who has scored a lot of goals. He fought and helped Kyle Walker."


Pep [on the title race]

"This pressure is incredible. We are fighting to be champions back to back. In two seasons we've got 83 points with five games left. We've won two titles (Community Shield) and now it's the FA Cup final."



"When I was younger you always want to score your first opportunity and sometimes it doesn’t happen like that. You don’t beat yourself up. There’s 80 minutes left you just have to be ready for the next opportunity. That’s the mentality, just keep going and the chance will come."


Sterling [on his miss]

"I tried to be a bit too clever with the first one. The game is 90 minutes and it's still 0-0 - I knew there would be more chances."



"We always knew coming here in the past that it's a difficult place to come. We got two goals but knew we couldn't switch off.

"We kept pushing and kept making it difficult - glad to get the third goal. We knew we had to be on it from the first minute."


City win it back, break quickly and have three on three. De Bruyne, as ever, plays the ball with the right weight at the right time and Jesus produces a fine finish. 




City under pressure. Ball into the box cleared by Kompany. De Bruyne picks it up, skips past a challenge on the touchline and carries us forward 50 yards before winning a throw. 

Exactly what we needed. 


Everyone knows Pep's City are technically brilliant and tactically astute. 

Hopefully we also get credit for the work-rate and fight we've shown today. 



City's second had caused a reaction from Palace. 

They look sharper and are taking a few more risks. 

We need to stand firm and keep playing our own game. 


Aguero slips in Silva, who checks back and finds Sane. He crosses low towards the back post and Sterling is there to wrong-foot Guaita and place the ball into the bottom corner. 


Very pleased with our performance. Not spectacular, but very, very good. 

Moments of real quality and a permanent state of hard-work. 

Big 45 minutes to come. 


Sane crosses towards the back post but no blue short there. Van Aarnholt, for some reason, heads it towards his own goal and it lands on top of the net! 

Would have been a very strange own goal had that gone in.  


City break superbly. Gundogan carries it forward, feeds De Bruyne, and he looks to play Aguero in at the back post...but he checked his run!

De Bruyne arguably should have given it to Sane, who made a fine run off the ball. 


Palace apply some pressure. Gundogan clears six yards out after a dangerous ball into the box, before Kompany makes a fine challenge on Zaha. Ederson gathers eventually and off we fo on the attack again. 


Kompany wins the ball superbly, feeds De Bruyne who produces a BRILLIANT throughball and Sterling finishes superbly. 

That is some goal. 





Brilliant from Silva, tight to the byline. He goes beyond his man, crosses and puts the ball on a plate for Sterling....who rolls it wide from a few yards out. 


Without wanting to go overboard, this could be a seismic day in this season's title race. 

We need to get the job done and put pressure on Liverpool ahead of their game later. 


Big day

It's a big afternoon for the football club. 

City desperately in need of a win at Palace. Every game is a final now....

And Nick Cushing's side play at the Academy Stadium and are looking to make it through to the Women's FA Cup final. 

I'll keep you updated as we go along. 


Guardiola has won 23 of 27 Premier League matches against English managers, with his only defeat coming against Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace in the reverse fixture earlier this season.


Pep [on Fernandinho]

"Yep [Fernandinho has an injury] he finished badly against Tottenham.

"Its short term but today he was not available I don’t know about Wednesday, but today he was not fit."


Pep [on changes to side]

"Each player has his own qualities.

"Kevin is a guy who helps us to do extra passing with his vision up front, Leroy his movement and runs in behind and Vinny, of course, his personality and his long balls."


City team

XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Bernardo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus 


Today's MCWFC mascot

11-year-old Leyla Priest will be the official mascot for today’s Women’s FA Cup semi-final game against Chelsea after complaining the boys in her local football team would not pass to her.

The Essex youngster, who dedicates four days a week to football, says she was “blanked” at a recent training session, an experience that left her upset and marginalised.

She appeared on BBC Essex’s early-morning show to discuss the situation and we decided to invite her to the game to lead the sides out and give her an experience she will never forget.

Everyone at City hopes Leyla enjoys the experience!


Pep on Leroy Sane

“I’ve said many times in good and bad moments how important Leroy is for us,” he said.

 “He didn’t play lately but he knows the reason why. I have spoken quite often with him and my people on and off the pitch.

 “We all want the best.

 “There is competition with the other players. In a specific game, I need him and in some specific games, I prefer another type of player.

 “My admiration and trust for him is intact but always, I want more."


Palace boss Roy Hodgson

"It's a dangerous thing to say you're safe until it's mathematically true. The teams below us would have a lot to do to catch us though.

"We are capable of beating every other team in this league. When you've been in the league six seasons and looking to embark on your seventh, you can call yourself established."



"Selhurst Park is always difficult because of the stadium and the quality of the [Crystal Palace] players.

"Roy Hodgson is an experienced manager [who has worked in] a lot of different countries, he knows how to handle these situations. Nobody felt he could stay up last season and he did it, and he's doing the same this season."



Good afternoon! This could be a hugely significant day in the title race. 

Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the coverage. 

Other games that day

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As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 34 +57 85
3 Tottenham Hotspur 33 +30 67
4 Chelsea 34 +21 66
5 Manchester United 33 +19 64
6 Arsenal 32 +25 63
7 Leicester City 34 +1 47
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 -1 47
9 Everton 34 +2 46
10 Watford 32 0 46
11 West Ham United 34 -10 42
12 Bournemouth 34 -12 41
13 Crystal Palace 34 -6 39
14 Burnley 34 -18 39
15 Newcastle United 34 -11 38
16 Southampton 33 -15 36
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 -19 33
18 Cardiff City 33 -35 28
19 Fulham 34 -44 20
20 Huddersfield Town 34 -48 14
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