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EPL: Palace Hold Man City; Arsenal, Sheffield Share The Spoils At The Emirates

EPL:  Palace Hold Man City; Arsenal, Sheffield Share The Spoils At The Emirates

Manchester City’s grip on the Premier League got even weaker as Crystal Palace earned a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium following a dramatic final 10 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar early on with a brilliant 30-yard free kick, but Palace scored against the run of play as Cenk Tosun headed home at the far post from a corner in the 39th minute, the visitors’ first and only effort of the first half.

City had a penalty correctly overturned by VAR in the second half following a Jairo Riedewald handball, before sub Gabriel Jesus curled a beauty for Aguero to convert at the far post in the 82nd minute.

Aguero got his second and what looked to be the winner with a fine header three minutes from time, but Palace refused to feel sorry for themselves as Wilfried Zaha forced a Fernandinho own goal in the 90th minute.

The result means City are 13 points behind Liverpool, who have two games in hand, the first of which comes against Manchester United on Super Sunday. Palace, meanwhile, are ninth, four points off the top six.

Sheffield United remain four points ahead of Arsenal after battling back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The visitors were the better side for long periods of the first half but all their good early work was undone when Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli, who replaced the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, tucked home from close range just before half-time.

Blades boss Chris Wilder would have been wondering how his side went in trailing at the break but they did eventually get their reward when John Fleck pounced at the far post to beat Bernd Leno seven minutes from time and secure his side a share of the spoils.

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