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Flashback: Crystal Palace halt Man City

Flashback: Crystal Palace halt Man City - Transfer Flashbacks

When a team is one of the contenders for relegation, the last thing they want to do is face one of the greatest sides in Premier League history. 

That is unfortunately what Crystal Palace had to do last season.The Eagles were only one point above the relegation zone on New Year’s Eve last year when they hosted a Man City side that had not lost all season in the league. In fact, they were on an 18-game winning streak, where they had blown away anyone that faced them. Many people were saying that the Cityzens were going to be the next ‘Invincibles’ and in truth, no-one was giving Palace a chance.

But the beauty of sport is that anything can happen on the day. On paper, it was City’s game all day long. Even looking at the stats, it looked like City’s game- as they had 75% possession. But Palace held strong to earn a miraculous 0-0 draw against Pep Guardiola’s men. It was absolute ecstasy for Palace fans, and they showed their delight on Twitter.

Fans were quick to praise the heart that Palace showed, wishing that they would show it each week. However, many also rued the fact that Luka Milivojević had a penalty saved by Ederson in added time which would have given them a historic win.

Nevertheless, the fans were still happy with the point, and this is how they reacted:

As it turned out, this result was a momentous moment in the entire season. It did not stop Man City’s pursuit of the title, which they won with a record 100 points in the end, but what it did show was that Pep Guardiola’s men could potentially be beaten. In fact, it only took two weeks before Liverpool did beat them, and The Reds may not have been able to do so without Palace shaking their confidence.

What it meant for Palace was far more significant, as this kickstarted their season. They went on to finish in 11th in the end, and this may never have happened had they not earned this huge draw.

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