Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City (06.04.2015) Live Commentary

It was a very watchable match. Great goals and there was plenty of action at both ends of the pitch. No regrets about following this game. The away team was superior on the pitch today. The home players presented themselves with a defensive style of play, while the away team tried to prevail using combination football.
The referee blows for the end of today’s match.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) with a teasing cross into the area, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) intercepts the ball.
Good clearance! James Milner (Manchester City) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) sends a cross into the box, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Attempted cross from Frank Lampard (Manchester City) is cleared.
A pass by James Milner (Manchester City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Alan Pardew has decided to make a change. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) replaces Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
A substitution is prepared. Fernandinho (Manchester City) is leaving the pitch, and James Milner (Manchester City) is coming on as a substitute.
What a poor attempt! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes into the stands.
The corner from Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is cleared away by the defence.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) picks up the rebound and shoots. The goalkeeper was ready and denies his effort with a fine save. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
Alan Pardew has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) replacing Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) will be replaced by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) couldn’t control the ball well and handled it, the referee blows his whistle for a handball.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) unleashed a powerful shot that was blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. Good work from Manchester City as they win a corner.
Total number of attempts is 5:22.
Goal! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) picks up the ball off a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a low shot which goes into the bottom left corner. Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) is unable to keep the ball out of the net. It is 2:1.
Substitution. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) makes way for Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) clips an invinting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) did his best to latch on to a crossfield pass, but it was too long and it goes out-of-play.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
David Silva (Manchester City) passes the ball from the edge of the box in order to find his teammate, who is in a good scoring position, but the defender blocks the pass and spanks the ball to safety.
The corner, sent by Jesus Navas (Manchester City), lacks accuracy as the ball is hit with too much power.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester City are awarded.
The resulting corner from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) produces a poor lofted pass into the penalty box. His attempt is easily thwarted by the defence. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Michael Oliver stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually only warning comes. A free kick to Manchester City.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) is first to the rebound but his shot is blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner which is cleared.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) collects a pass inside the box, and he unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. Manchester City forced their opponent to concede a corner.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Gael Clichy (Manchester City).
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety. The ball goes behind for a corner. Manchester City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Frank Lampard (Manchester City) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) headed on.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Michael Oliver doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
It’s time for a substitution. That is the last involvement from Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), and he is replaced by Frank Lampard (Manchester City).
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort. The ball is out-of-play. Crystal Palace have been awarded a corner kick.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) whips in a cross from the corner, but Joe Hart is well prepared and punches the ball away. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace are awarded a corner kick.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. It will be a corner kick for Crystal Palace.
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by David Silva (Manchester City), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the left post.
Manchester City take a short corner instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), but the defence gets it clear. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Manchester City.
Manchester City seeing far more of the ball now.
Close! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) takes the resultant free kick from 20 metres out and his shot goes just over the crossbar.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) picked up a yellow card from referee.
The players claim that Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) handled the ball and it seems they are right. Manchester City are awarded the free kick.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play.
The possession of the ball – 31:69.
David Silva (Manchester City) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Jesus Navas (Manchester City).
David Silva (Manchester City) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) breaks into the penalty area but his shot is blocked.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) scores from the resulting free kick from 23 metres out. He displays that he is a brilliant free kick taker and curls the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) makes a rough challenge and Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul. Crystal Palace are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Michael Oliver blows his whistle and the second half starts.
Both sides have been very active through the previous 45 minutes, providing the fans with an exciting show. The visitors mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home side is creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side is slow build-up play.
Michael Oliver has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires high and wide.
Manchester City’s players are displaying brilliant short passes and great movement of the ball. They are waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) receives a fine cross inside the box and attempts to score a goal, but his strike flies just a few inches over the bar.
The assistant referee makes a right call and Manchester City will have a corner.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) produces a poor cross from the free kick which is easily turned away.
Michael Oliver shows a yellow card to Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard. That’s a free kick to Manchester City.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) was in a good position and inches away from getting on the end of a through ball.
The Manchester City players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
Goal! Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) was in the right place at the right time to pounce on the rebound inside the box, and he fires the ball home. It is 1:0.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) makes a good run inside the box to meet a precise cross. He latches on to it and shoots, but the goalkeeper pulls off an excellent save.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. Crystal Palace force a corner. They send men into the box.
Close! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is a whisker away from finishing-off the move he started. His close-range effort flies just over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Crystal Palace.
David Silva (Manchester City) goes on a mazy run and tries his luck with a mid-range strike, but one of the defending players steps in and makes a block.
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Jesus Navas (Manchester City).
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Manchester City are going to take it.
Manchester City take a short corner kick.
A lofted cross from Bakary Sagna (Manchester City) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Manchester City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
David Silva (Manchester City) takes the ball on and fires a shot from 25 metres out. Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) stops the effort which is headed for the bottom left corner.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) jumps into tackle, but Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Michael Oliver interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
OFF THE POST! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) runs towards the goal to force his teammate to send him the ball. He receives a fantastic pass and fires from the edge of the box, but it crashes against the left post. It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
Manchester City hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) gives away foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Michael Oliver saw the whole situation.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) with a rough challenge, Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
David Silva (Manchester City) with a wonderful touch after collecting a pass inside the box. He steers his shot goalwards, but the keeper produces a decent save! Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Michael Oliver has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
Crystal Palace keep possession of the ball by producing short passes and one-two passes from player to player.
David Silva (Manchester City) passes the ball onto Yaya Toure (Manchester City), but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Gael Clichy (Manchester City).
Manchester City are showcasing great team work and neat passing move.
CHANCE! Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) picks up a perfect pass inside the box, makes himself some space for a shot, but his effort goes just over the crossbar.
The players are on the pitch and Crystal Palace will have the kick-off.
The first half has just begun.
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