Sergio Aguero scored twice in 10 minutes but Man City only drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace in the 23rd Premier League on January 18.
Two goals in the 82nd and 87th minutes of Aguero seemed to bring a comeback to Man City – the team was led in more than 80 minutes. But the final table of the match belonged to Crystal Palace in an unexpected way.
Fernandinho smashed the ball home after a cross from Wilfried Zaha in the 90th minute. The goal lost the hopes of the Man City champions almost as soon as the gap with the top of the Liverpool table reached 13 points, and maybe 19 points if Jurgen Klopp‘s teachers won the last two matches.
The front goal on the home net is a specialty of Man City this season. Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students were conceded in six of the last nine home games, though always the dominant team. In the first half against Crystal Palace, Man City finished 11 times and created eight corner kicks.
Crystal Palace only finished once, from their only corner in the half, but was the only team to score in the first 45 minutes. Cenk Tosun – a new recruit from Everton – headed into a table from Gary Cahill’s overhead pass.
The match represents the entire domestic season of Man City. Everything against them, from luck, referee to VAR. In the first half, the ball almost rolled on the Crystal Palace yard, but refused to find Guaita net. After Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar and bounced off the bar, it was Sergio Aguero’s turn to miss the cross.
A total of 25 shots were launched by City during the match, 14 of which came in the second half. After a lot of misses, Sergio Aguero scored after Gabriel Jesus’s cross with a cross in the 82nd minute. When the excitement returned, the Argentine striker completed the brace in just five minutes. From Benjamin Mendy’s cross, Aguero headed the ball into the far corner to beat Guaita a second time.
Crystal Palace won at Etihad last season. As a result, they did not lose faith in getting points, even though they lost two goals in five minutes. From making a rare ball in the second half, Zaha dribbled and stretched horizontally.
None of the Crystal Palace players approached the penalty area fast enough to catch the ball, but the cross stretched with great force made Fernandinho frantically break the ball home. Draw 2-2, City for the eighth time lost points after 23 rounds this season.