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Ederson preserves Man City’s unbeaten season with penalty save in stoppage time

Luka Milivojevic had the chance to score from the spot and end Pep Guardiola's hopes of an invincible season

Oh Luka Milivojevic, what have you done?

Crystal Palace’s Serbian international had a golden chance to end Man City’s hopes of an invincible season but saw his stoppage-time penalty saved by Ederson in a dramatic climax at Selhurst Park.

Wasted chance

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Wasted chance

Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Raheem Sterling bundled over Wilfried Zaha in the box with the score at 0-0 at the end of normal time.

Under immense pressure, Milivojevic appeared to somewhat mishit the spot-kick and Man City’s Brazilian keeper made a good save with his feet.

They do say he’s good with his feet.

BT Sport pundit Michael Owen believed Palace’s tricky winger dived to win the penalty and therefore some poetic justice was served when it wasn’t converted.

His commitment to using his feet is admirable

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His commitment to using his feet is admirable

While Palace failed to snatch the three points they did succeed in stopping City’s record-breaking run of wins.

The goalless draw means Pep Guardiola falls one win short of the 19 consecutive victories he achieved as manager of Bayern Munich.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah was particularly impressive for the hosts, nullifying the threat of Leroy Sane in a manner not seen in the last year.

Before the penalty, Andros Townsend squandered a excellent chance to put the visitors ahead late in the second half.

Palace’s No10 blasted high and wide under no pressure from ten yards out.

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Despite the two spurned chances, Palace can be immensely proud of their efforts.

Only Everton had taken a point off City prior to kick-off and Roy Hodgson’s tactical approach must be applauded.

The game came at a cost for both clubs with Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Kevin De Bruyne all leaving the pitch on a stretcher.

Gabriel Jesus was also substituted off because of injury, leaving the pitch in floods of tears after an awkward landing.

Gabriel Jesus leaves the pitch in tears after suffering an injury against Crystal Palace

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The Brazilian could be out for a while

City’s undefeated streak continues but their run of wins comes to an end.

That’s something for their title rivals to hang onto at least…


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