Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace (16.01.2016) Live Commentary

There hasn’t been exactly a lot of action going on on the pitch. We could describe the game as average. The hosts were controlling the game most of the time. The hosts displayed good teamplay with a lot of passes. The visiting side patiently waited on their own half to take the ball off the opponent and to hit them on the break.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
David Silva (Manchester City) works the free kick short.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) is penalised for holding. Jonathan Moss signals for a set piece. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Manchester City.
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) receives a yellow card from the referee as expected.
Chung-Yong Lee (Crystal Palace) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
David Silva (Manchester City) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
Alan Pardew prepares a substitution. Wilfried Zaha is replaced by Chung-Yong Lee (Crystal Palace).
Here comes a substitution. Sergio Aguero is given a rest as he is replaced by Jesus Navas (Manchester City).
Goal! David Silva (Manchester City) scores after an assist by Sergio Aguero that allowed him to tap in the ball into an empty net. The score is 4:0.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) attempted to curl the ball over the defensive wall from the free kick, but with no success.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul. Manchester City are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
Substitution. James McArthur will be replaced by Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace).
The resulting corner from David Silva (Manchester City) is cleared.
The ball is cleared after Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The assistant referee makes a right call and Manchester City will have a corner.
An offensive foul by Gael Clichy (Manchester City) was seen by Jonathan Moss who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
What an opportunity! Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) picked the ball up and fired a projectile of a shot from long range which threatened the goalkeeper. The shot went painfully close to the right post!
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) puts a cross into the box from the free kick but it’s cleared.
Jonathan Moss interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Fernando (Manchester City). Crystal Palace get a free kick.
Wayne Hennessey doesn’t have to worry about this one. Sergio Aguero plays a pass into the feet of David Silva (Manchester City), with the latter unable to find the target. His effort from inside the box goes well wide of the right post.
Manchester City control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is given fully deserved yellow card.
Goal! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) fires home from very close range after latching on to a pass. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne. The score is 3:0.
The substitution has been made. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) has replaced Connor Wickham.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
What a close effort by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the right post.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
Fernando (Manchester City) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
A lofted cross from David Silva (Manchester City) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Jonathan Moss blows his whistle and it is Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) came with a sweet piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced at the goal and fired from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but he only hit one of the defenders off whom the ball bounced away.
Here’s the change. Kelechi Iheanacho left the pitch, and Yaya Toure (Manchester City) came on as a substitute.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) sends a cross into the box, but Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The ball is out-of-play. Crystal Palace have been awarded a corner kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov is substituted due to injury. Manuel Pellegrini gives a chance to Gael Clichy (Manchester City).
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Yohan Cabaye (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.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. It will be a corner kick for Crystal Palace.
Jonathan Moss blows his whistle and the second half starts.
Today’s clash hasn’t been extremely attractive up to now, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. The first half performances were not very balanced but rather in the hosting team’s favour. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
The end of the first half.
David Silva (Manchester City) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
David Silva (Manchester City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The main referee points to the corner flag, Manchester City will take a corner.
The corner from David Silva (Manchester City) is cleared away by the defence.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) collects a brilliant pass inside the box and finds himself in a goal scoring opportunity. He takes a shot, but the effort is well blocked by one of the defending players. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
Goal! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) collected a pass and decided to try his luck from distance. The shot was deflected and it was enough to turn the ball past helpless Wayne Hennessey. 2:0.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that flies just wide of the right post.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) unleashes a shot goalwards from a mid-range free kick! The ball is heading to the right post, but the goalkeeper makes a decent save and thwarts the effort. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace are awarded a corner kick.
Jonathan Moss blows his whistle and signals a foul after Fabian Delph (Manchester City) brought his opponent down. Crystal Palace have a free kick from a promising distance.
Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
The Crystal Palace players are exchanging some short passes.
The ball is cleared after Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
Pape Souare (Crystal Palace) with a rough challenge, Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul. That’s a free kick to Manchester City.
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and bends his effort inches wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Crystal Palace.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) wastes a great chance from the resulting corner. He times his header excellently when he leaps high to meet a precise cross, but can’t aim better than to the middle of the goal, straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) takes the corner.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace are awarded a corner kick.
Nice piece of skill by Fabian Delph (Manchester City) as he collected a pass and fired an unstoppable thunderbolt into the right side of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.
David Silva (Manchester City) decides to keep the ball just for himself and he weaves through the defence to get into the box. From there he takes a shot which goes narrowly wide of the target.
David Silva (Manchester City) tries to create a chance, but puts too much pace on his pass.
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) wins the ball from the resulting corner but blazes it well over the bar.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) goes over to take a corner kick that has been awarded by the referee.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball goes out for a corner. Crystal Palace can continue in their attacking effort.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
David Silva (Manchester City) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender.
David Silva (Manchester City) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. Corner kick. Manchester City will have an opportunity.
David Silva (Manchester City) is unable to feed a through ball into the path of his teammates.
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Nicolas Hernan Otamendi (Manchester City) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Crystal Palace win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Manchester City.
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) rises above the opponent’s defence to head the precise cross towards the goal. His effort, directed to the middle of the goal, is blocked by Joe Hart (Manchester City) who pulls off a comfortable save!
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety. The referee points to the corner flag. Crystal Palace are given a corner.
The first half has started.
The players are out at last! Crystal Palace will take the kick-off.
Jonathan Moss will referee today’s match.
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