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Crystal Palace holds wasteful Man City in 0-0 draw

Manchester City were stopped at Selhurst Park by a tenacious Crystal Palace, missing out on a chance to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

City dominated the first half, hitting the crossbar twice and defender Aymeric Laporte failing to score with the goal at his mercy.

With a win over Arsenal on Wednesday, Liverpool can cut Man City’s advantage to one point.

Palace vexed their opponents in front of a raucous crowd, although creating nothing of their own.

With a point, they remain in 11th place, boosting their own hopes of finishing in the top half of the table.

Palace – and – supporters had a nice night.

Manchester City led the Premier League by 13 points eight weeks ago, despite the fact that Liverpool, in third place at the time, had two games in hand. The difference is currently four points after this draw in south London.

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Liverpool leads Manchester City by one game, with the two teams set to meet in April at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s team was fired up from the start against Palace, with Joao Cancelo hitting the post from distance after 30 minutes and Laporte blasting the rebound wide with the goal at his mercy.

Midway through the second half, captain Kevin de Bruyne hit the base of the post, and Riyad Mahrez forced Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita into a fantastic one-handed save on the follow-up.

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On an off-night for City’s forwards, Bernardo Silva also failed to convert a promising opening late on, putting Jack Grealish’s cross narrowly wide.

It was only City’s second league goalless spell this season, the first coming in a 2-0 loss to Palace in the reverse fixture in October.

The champions, who had won 16 of their previous 18 games, were made to repent their squandered opportunities, and their players wore disappointed expressions after the final whistle.

The Eagles rise to the challenge.

Palace are unbeaten in their last five games and have closed the gap on 10th-placed Southampton to one point as they push for a position in the top half of the table.

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Patrick Vieira’s side were content to sit back at Selhurst Park, and had several half-chances on the break, courtesy of Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise in the first half, and Conor Gallagher after the restart.

The hosts had only one point from a possible 12 in their four home league matches in 2022 coming into this match.

However, they were buoyed by their raucous crowd and rode their luck at times, fending off a merciless Manchester City side.

Both teams will now focus on the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, with Palace hosting Everton and City visiting Southampton.

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