Andros Townsend scores stunner as Crystal Palace shock Manchester City

'If Palace win, I'll name my firstborn Townsend!' - Andros nets EPL 'goal of season' (VIDEO)

Another City substitute, Kevin De Bruyne, pulled it back to 3-2 on 84 minutes when his cross luckily drifted in at the far post.

Andros Townsend scored one of the goals of the season as Roy Hodgson's inspired Palace came from behind to condemn City to their first league defeat at the Etihad Stadium since April.

With the Christmas schedule in mind, City manager Pep Guardiola continued to ease De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero back into action after injury by starting both on the bench.

A few minutes later, Palace well and truly ripped up the script as they completed the turn around in unbelievable style through Townsend.

Two defeats in three games for City, who lost at Chelsea a fortnight ago, have given Juergen Klopp's Liverpool the upper hand in the title race and turned the January 3 clash between the sides at the Etihad into a real showdown.

They took a predictable lead in the 27th minute with an excellently worked goal, Leroy Sane passing the ball back to Fabian Delph on the left wing.

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It seemed Man City would kick on and take the game away from Palace after their opener. Stones, looking uncomfortable in midfield, inadvertantly fed Schlupp as he won a tackle on James McArthur. The honours fell to Luka Milivojevic who finished easily for a three-goal lead.

The ball was lofted in towards the City area and the home team attempted to clear with a couple of poorly placed headers.

It was a stunning development for a City side that have lost just two home league games - to Chelsea and Manchester United - in the two-and-a-half seasons in which Guardiola has been in charge.

Guardiola turned to Sergio Aguero five minutes into the second half and, within seconds of the fit-again striker's introduction, Aymeric Laporte powered a header wide from a corner.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross found the head of Townsend, whose effort struck the right-hand post, rebounding into play for Max Meyer and forcing a panicked Walker into making a challenge referee Andre Marriner judged to be a foul. De Bruyne's pinpoint cross finds an unmarked Jesus but his header goes over. "So to score against them away from home definitely ranks as the best". Milovojevic fires the ball into the corner to give Palace a 3-1 lead.

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