Crystal Palace frustrated Premier League champions, Manchester City as the Citizens dropped two points in a goalless draw at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The result has allowed Liverpool to close in on Man City on the table with just one point separating both sides with the former having a game in hand against Arsenal.
Crystal Palace were hoping to do a double over Man City after their 2-0 victory away at the home of the champions earlier in the season.
However, it was Man City who started the brightest creating couple of scoring chances but were rebuffed by the dogged Palace defence.
Joao Cancelo saw his speculative long range effort hit the upright and Aymeric Laporte aslo fired his rebound over the crossbar.
Man City went into the break frustrated as the brilliant Vicente Guaita in Palace goal made some decent saves to keep the honors even.
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The champions emerged from the break more determined as their host seemed content to sit back and soak in the pressure.
Meanwhile, just before the hour mark, Kelvin De Bruyne struck the inside of the post and Guaita also made an instinctive safe on Riyad Mahrez’s shot.
Man City kept pushing for a breakthrough but they found the Guaita and Palace’s defence too stubborn to break down.
Despite the stalemate, Man City forward, Bernardo Silva insisted that his side still hold the advantage over Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.
“We couldn’t score and we should’ve scored,” Silva told Sky Sports after the game at Selhurst Park.
“Nine games to go, but it’s still better to be in our position than in Liverpool’s and they have to play in our stadium so it’s going to be exciting.“
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