Despite, as expected, the visitors seeing the vast majority of possession and creating a large amount of opportunities, the plaudits belonged to the Eagles' defence, whose heroics stopped the Citizens from finding the back of the net for the first time this season.
The hosts now become only the second side in the English top-flight to claim a single point from the north west giants this term, which could have been three had L
Heartbreaking for Pep Guardiola as he falls one game short of the all-time record for most consecutive wins in Europe’s top 5 leagues, currently held by Bayern Munich under....Pep Guardiola.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 31, 2017
However, maybe more troubling for Pep Guardiola was witnessing star Kevin De Bruyne stretchered off in injury time with his leg in a brace after a horrifically mistimed challenge from
It was a frantic opening inside an electric Selhurst Park, with both sides fashioning clear cut opportunities in the first 10 minutes.
Bernardo Silva flashed wide and Gabriel Jesus saw his attempt smothered well by
The Englishman's demise then set the trend for the following few moments, as Jesus, who seemed to overstretch after losing his footing earlier in the tie, was forced from the field of play minutes later whilst limping and in tears.
The reaction portrayed a similar picture to that of the Brazilian after he was condemned to a long-term layoff during the second month of his Premier League career earlier this year, which ruled him out for 13 top-flight games.
Following the duo of extended stoppages, the fast-paced nature of the clash continued, but aside from Sergio Aguero, who replaced Jesus, rattling the post from a deflected effort shortly after being introduced, it was
As the clock ticked on, Pep Guardiola's side continued to turn the screw, with the Palace shot stopper forced into two smart saves courtesy of an Aguero header and a venomous Leroy Sane half-volley from close range within five minutes of one another to keep his side level.
Wayne Hennessy first keeper to keep a clean sheet against city this season. GOAT— george (@georgelakr) December 31, 2017
But despite soaking what seemed endless pressure at the other end, the Eagles had arguably the best chance of the afternoon in open play as the game entered its final quarter of an hour.
Benteke did well to hold up play just outside the area before feeding Zaha on the right-hand side, whose low cross found an unmarked Andros Townsend around six yards out with the goal gaping.
But the Englishman could do nothing but balloon his attempt over the crossbar, much to the shock, disappointment and displeasure of boss Roy Hodgson on the sidelines.
10 - Manchester City keepers have saved 10 of the last 17 penalties they've faced in all competitions (excluding shootouts). Alert.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2017
However, as the clock hit 90, substitute Raheem Sterling was penalised by referee John Moss for allegedly taking down Zaha inside the area.
On reflection, the decision looked soft, and City will have felt justice was served as Ederson came to his side's rescue to deny