Catch the complete replay and highlights of the Manchester City vs Crystal Palace showdown. The action kicks off at 15:00 (GMT) on the 16th of December 2023 at the Etihad Stadium. The man in charge for this exciting clash is none other than the esteemed P. Tierney. Don’t miss out on this thrilling encounter in the England – Premier League, Week 17 of the 2023/2024 season.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Full Match Reports
Crystal Palace orchestrated a remarkable comeback, erasing a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw with Manchester City, culminating in a dramatic 95th-minute penalty conversion by Michael Olise. This result compounds City’s recent woes, marking their first three-game winless streak at home since 2016.
As Crystal Palace ventured to the Etihad Stadium, where they had registered two wins, two losses, and a draw in their last five visits, the Eagles initiated proceedings positively. They adeptly contained Manchester City’s forward line, notably missing talisman Erling Haaland. However, City, unbeaten at home all season (W8, D2), started asserting dominance. Dean Henderson showcased his skills, denying Julián Álvarez’s header with a spectacular save. The breakthrough for the home side came swiftly, with Jack Grealish clinically finishing into the bottom corner from Phil Foden’s delivery—a moment that surely pleased onlooking Gareth Southgate.
Following the lead, City intensified their efforts, with Joško Gvardiol finding a chance but being thwarted by the vigilant Palace goalkeeper. Roy Hodgson’s side struggled offensively until just before halftime when Jean-Philippe Mateta breached City’s defense, drawing a foul from Ederson, who received a yellow card for the incident.
City continued their dominance after halftime, seemingly scoring from Álvarez’s free-kick, only for it to be disallowed due to Rodri’s offside position. Undeterred, they extended their lead as Rico Lewis capitalized on a loose ball in the box, securing his maiden Premier League goal.
With a comfortable two-goal lead, Pep Guardiola’s side maintained control until late in the game. Palace, however, injected suspense into the encounter when a long ball released Jeffrey Schlupp, who set up Mateta to tap into an open net. As the Eagles appeared destined to fall short, deep into stoppage time, Foden fouled Mateta in the box, presenting Michael Olise with the opportunity to convert a crucial penalty, ultimately securing a memorable point for Palace.
Man of the Match: Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace).