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Etihad Stadium (ATT 47,107) 28th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Man City Manchester City vs Crystal Palace C Palace

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E Dzeko (66)


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  1. 90+4

    And that's it! Manchester City make it 10 home wins out of 10 this season, a result which takes them two points clear at the top of the standings. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are condemned to their 13th loss of the campaign to leave them outside the relegation zone only on goal difference after their opening 19 games of the campaign.

  2. 90+3

    Samir Nasri skips past one, two, three defenders, but fails to go around a fourth, although his team-mates won't mind him holding onto the ball, as long as it counts down the last few seconds.

  3. 90+2

    Alvaro Negredo goes on a bustling run down the right wing but falls at the crucial moment, handling the ball on his way down and conceding a free-kick.

  4. 90+1

    The fourth official's board goes up and shows there will be three minutes of stoppage time to be played here at the end, of which we've already had 30 seconds.

  5. 90

    That booking was David Silva's fifth of the season, earning him an automatic one-game ban.

  6. 89

    Jonathan Williams shows a flash of what he's capable of as he picks up the ball in the middle of the park before showing a great turn of pace, forcing David Silva to bring him down, with the Spaniard seeing yellow for a clear 'professional foul'.

  7. 87

    The City fans inside the stadium have their eyes glued on the clock as the final moments of the game tick down, with a two-point lead at the top of the table ready to greet them at full-time, provided their side stay in front.

  8. 85

    They do finally burst to life as Jason Puncheon runs at goal before having a pop, although his effort hits a team-mate and goes out for a throw.

  9. 84

    Palace look like they're trying to hold on for a point here, although someone should tell them they're a goal down. City are lapping it up, though, as they're given all the time and space in the world to just keep possession and run down the clock.

  10. 82

    Final roll of the dice for Crystal Palace now as Dwight Gayle comes on for Barry Bannan for the final few minutes.

  11. 81

    First yellow card of the game comes after 81 minutes, with Damien Delaney the man to go into the referee's notebook for a high boot on Alvaro Negredo.

  12. 79

    Aleksandar Koarov produces one of his trademark overlapping runs down the wing before whipping a brilliant delivery into the area to pick out Edin Dzeko, although the forward's header is from a long way out and Julian Speroni has time to adjust and make the save.

  13. 77

    Crystal Palace make a change now, with the hard working Yannick Bolasie coming off for Jonathan Williams.

  14. 75

    Third and final change for Manchester City now as Manuel Pellegrini looks to sure up his defence for the final 15 or so minutes, with Aleksandar Kolarov coming on to replace James Milner.

  15. 74

    Alvaro Negredo goes sliding in to to win a 50-50, although he takes a stud to the face and writhes around in agony, until the ball is played out, that is, and then he's fine to get up and carry on.

  16. 72

    Palace do eventually get the ball back and Yannick Bolasie is picked out on the wing with a wonderful cross-field ball, although his delivery into the area is disappointing and Joe Hart can easily collect.

  17. 70

    City have just taken the sting out of the game as they keep the ball at the back, preferring to lure Palace's midfield further up the field to open up the gaps, although the visitors aren't falling for it, instead waiting for the City defenders to eventually bring the ball forward.

  18. 68

    This game has just burst into life and Palace twice come within a whisker of equalising. Joel Ward is the first to have a go, with his fierce strike just being tipped behind by Joe Hart, while Barry Bannan can only head his effort wide of the mark after jumping highest at the far post to meet the resulting corner.

  19. 67

    Manchester City finally find a way through, and it's Edin Dzeko who gets the goal, the forward dropping off from his marker to receive Jesus Navas' cut-back from the byline before smashing a first-time hit into the back of the net.

  20. 66

    GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace! Edin Dzeko!

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