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

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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.

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