Pep Guardiola's birthday flat as Palace hold Man City 2-2

Updated: Jan 20, 2020, 01:25 IST | AFP | London

Palace won the corresponding fixture at the Etihad Stadium last season and the south Londoners took a shock lead in the 39th minute

Pep Guardiola during Man City's tie v Crystal Palace on Saturday. Pic /AFP
Pep Guardiola during Man City's tie v Crystal Palace on Saturday. Pic /AFP

London: Pep Guardiola's 49th birthday celebrations went flat as Fernandinho's late own goal forced Manchester City to settle for a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, while Tottenham's hopes of finishing in the top four were dented by a goalless draw at Watford on Saturday. On a busy day of top-flight action, the pitchside VAR monitor was used in the Premier League for the first time at Norwich and Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.

It was the drama at the Etihad Stadium that took the spotlight as Fernandinho's last-gasp blunder left Guardiola in no mood to party after City's faint hopes of retaining the title suffered another hammer blow. Palace won the corresponding fixture at the Etihad Stadium last season and the south Londoners took a shock lead in the 39th minute.

Cenk Tosun marked his first league start since his loan move from Everton with his maiden goal for the Eagles, the Turkish striker netting a close-range strike from Martin Kelly's flick. Sergio Aguero appeared to have turned the game on its head in the 82nd minute when the Argentine striker turned in Gabriel Jesus's cross for his 250th goal in 360 games for the club.

Aguero put City ahead in the 87th minute with a typically predatory header from Benjamin Mendy's cross. But there was a sting in the tale for Guardiola as Fernandinho turned Wilfried Zaha's cross into his own net in the 90th minute to end second-placed City's run of three successive league wins.

Saturday's EPL results

  • Watford 0-0 Tottenham
  • Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United
  • Man City 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa
  • Norwich City 1-0 Bournemouth
  • Southampton 2-3 Wolverhampton
  • West Ham United 1-1 Everton

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