Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace: Dzeko strike downs impressive Eagles

Manchester City 1 - 0 Crystal Palace

  • 66" Edin Dzeko

Ref: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 47,107

Manchester City Stand

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

Manchester City left it relatively late to maintain their 100% home record, with Crystal Palace threatening to cause a major shock in their final match of 2013.

Edin Dzeko ultimately scored the only goal of the game after good work from Jesus Navas, but Tony Pulis's rejuvenated side were good value for at least a point and just prior to the Bosnian's strike, the visitors looked the most likely scorers.

City dominated the first half, with Fernandinho excelling in midfield.  And so it was greeted with some confusion when Manuel Pellegrini chose to replace the Brazilian with Samir Nasri just 10 minutes into the second period.

While the usually composed Blues looked a little ruffled at the change of formation, they still found a way through, and now find themselves top of the table after 19 games.

Palace are currently 17th, but should take great pride in their performance.

Statistics

Manchester City

Crystal Palace

Possession

76.3%
23.7%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Manchester City

  • Joe Hart
  • Gaël Clichy
  • Matija Nastasic
  • Dedryck Boyata
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Fernandinho
  • David Silva
  • James Milner
  • Javi García
  • Jesús Navas
  • Edin Dzeko

Substitutes

  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Jack Rodwell
  • Álvaro Negredo
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Yaya Touré
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Samir Nasri

Crystal Palace

  • Julian Speroni
  • Daniel Gabbidon
  • Damien Delaney
  • Jonathan Parr
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Jason Puncheon
  • Joel Ward
  • Barry Bannan
  • Yannick Bolasie
  • Mile Jedinak
  • Cameron Jerome

Substitutes

  • Dean Moxey
  • José Campaña
  • Lewis Price
  • Kevin Phillips
  • Dwight Gayle
  • Jonathan Williams
  • Marouane Chamakh

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