Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace (20.12.2014) Live Commentary

90+4′
What a thrilling encounter, there was plenty of goal mouth action. There was a superiority of the home team to be seen on the pitch today. The home team tried to prevail using combination football. The away players presented themselves with a defensive style of play.
90+4′
Nothing more will happen today, Phil Dowd has blown his whistle and the game is over.
90+4′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins the ball from the resulting corner but blazes it well over the bar.
90+4′
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) will deliver the corner kick.
90+3′
A lofted cross from Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace have been awarded a corner kick.
90+1′
Jesus Navas (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.
90′
3 additional min. will be played.
90′
Neil Warnock has decided to make a change. Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) replaces Joe Ledley.
89′
The substitution has been made. Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) has replaced Samir Nasri.
89′
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range, but his poor effort sails high over the bar.
88′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Julian Speroni, who smothers the ball.
86′
The Manchester City players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
84′
Neil Warnock prepares a substitution. Jason Puncheon is replaced by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).
82′
Substitution. James Milner makes way for Fernando (Manchester City).
81′
James Milner plays a neat ball into the path of Yaya Toure (Manchester City), who makes room for a shot and fires in off the left post! 3:0.
80′
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
80′
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Crystal Palace will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
79′
A yellow card for a tackle by James Milner (Manchester City). Phil Dowd doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
76′
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) headed on.
74′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) wins the ball from the corner kick and strikes. The effort lacks accuracy and goes miles wide of the left post.
73′
Corner kick. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is ready to send the ball in.
73′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Manchester City are going to take it.
73′
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by James Milner (Manchester City).
73′
James Milner (Manchester City) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort.
71′
Phil Dowd blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is said to have used an excessive force while attacking. A free kick to Crystal Palace.
69′
Here is a change. David Silva is going off and Manuel Pellegrini gives the last tactical orders to Frank Lampard (Manchester City).
69′
Flag goes up against Jesus Navas (Manchester City). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
68′
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) has a goal ruled out for offside!
67′
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is coming onto the pitch as Fraizer Campbell cannot continue after picking up an injury.
67′
James Milner (Manchester City) escapes without any punishment from the referee after using excessive force to foul his opponent.
66′
Some neat passing and movement from Manchester City as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
63′
Phil Dowd blows the whistle, Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) is penalised for a foul. Crystal Palace earn a free kick.
61′
A stunning volley performed by David Silva (Manchester City)! His low effort from inside the box finishes deep inside the right post.
61′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
61′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
59′
Manchester City hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
58′
James Milner (Manchester City) launches into a thunderous tackle on his opponent and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
56′
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Jesus Navas (Manchester City), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. The ball is behind the sideline and Manchester City will take a throw-in.
55′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Phil Dowd blows his whistle for a foul. Crystal Palace have a free kick.
54′
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it.
53′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
52′
James Milner (Manchester City) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. The ball is out-of-play and Manchester City manage to earn a corner.
51′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) receives a reproachful look from David Silva. He latches on to his pass, but the effort from the edge of the box sails high over the crossbar.
49′
Goal David Silva (Manchester City)! David Silva (Manchester City) was put through by Pablo Zabaleta and he showed brilliant composure to tuck home from inside the box. 1:0.
48′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
48′
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Samir Nasri (Manchester City) takes it with a short pass.
47′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. Manchester City will take a corner kick.
46′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) serves in a nice cross, but Julian Speroni punches the ball away.
46′
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
45+2′
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many breathtaking situations, but there is still space for improvement in the second half. The hosts dominated much of the first period. The home side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible, while the away side focuses on defending and lets the opposition keep possession.
45+2′
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
45′
We will have 1 min. of added time.
45′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) brings his opponent down. Phil Dowd has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Crystal Palace. They can move closer towards the goal.
44′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
44′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
43′
Yaya Toure plays a lovely pass for Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), but he can’t find the target. His strike from inside the box goes narrowly wide of the left post.
41′
Today’s referee Phil Dowd rightly decides to book Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) for his harsh tackle.
40′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
39′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
37′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) is furious with himself as he misses a golden opportunity from inside the six-yard box. He sends a rebounded ball a few inches wide of the left post.
36′
Phil Dowd shows a yellow card to Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
36′
Manchester City’s players are exchanging short passes from one to another, waiting for the right moment to beat the opposition’s defence.
34′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
33′
Corner kick, taken by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Crystal Palace.
33′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first. Crystal Palace have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
33′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) pulls the shirt of his opponent and only escapes without punishment due to the benevolence of the referee. Crystal Palace are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
32′
Phil Dowd blows his whistle and signals a foul after Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) brought his opponent down.
31′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball.
30′
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) latches on to a pin-point through ball, but one of the defending players dispossess him. Brilliant defending. The ball has crossed the sideline. Crystal Palace are taking a throw-in.
28′
Unbelievable miss! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) reacts superbly to latch on a rebound, but he blazes the ball high over the crossbar!
26′
David Silva (Manchester City) receives a lofted pass from the side and shoots from close range, but the ball flies way wide of the left-hand post.
25′
The corner from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is hurriedly cleared.
24′
David Silva (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 referee points to the corner flag. Manchester City are given a corner.
23′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) got the ball on the edge of the box and sends a first-time shot on goal, but his effort floats well over the bar. High, wide and not at all handsome.
22′
The free kick is taken by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), but the delivery is cleared.
21′
Foul! Fernandinho (Manchester City) is penalised for pulling back his opponent. Crystal Palace get a free kick.
20′
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the right post.
19′
Phil Dowd has a clear vision and sees a foul from Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City). A free kick to Crystal Palace. It’s in no position to be converted into a direct shot on goal.
18′
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
18′
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. Corner kick. Crystal Palace will have an opportunity.
15′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He finds himself some space to pounce on the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball well wide of the left post.
14′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
14′
A clumsy foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) and Phil Dowd blows the whistle. There is a free kick near the sideline to Manchester City.
12′
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by David Silva (Manchester City) is averted and cleared away to safety.
10′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) finds some space to control the ball from the corner and shoots, but his attempt goes way wide of the right post.
10′
There’s an opportunity for Jesus Navas (Manchester City) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
9′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester City are awarded.
9′
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) is penalised for holding. Phil Dowd signals for a set piece.
8′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
7′
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box. He doesn’t manage to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
6′
The free kick from long range. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
6′
David Silva (Manchester City) touches the ball with his hand. A free kick has been awarded to Crystal Palace.
5′
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players.
3′
Close! Samir Nasri (Manchester City) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post.
2′
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
1′
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) fails to deliver a decent cross from a long-range free kick. The opposition’s defence intercepts the effort. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace are awarded a corner kick.
1′
An opponent rises to his feet after being downed by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City). Phil Dowd saw his sliding tackle and calls for a foul. Crystal Palace with a free kick.
1′
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The Crystal Palace players will kick-off.
Phil Dowd was nominated as a referee for this game.
The starting lineups of both teams are already revealed and you can check them out in the details of this match.
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