1 point won, 2 players lost as ‘Invincible’ Man City’s record run halted

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1 point won, 2 players lost as 'Invincible' Man City's record run halted

In a dramatic last match of the year for them, Manchester City lost a lot of things as the final whistle was blown in Selhurst Park. But more than the point Pep Guardiola must be worried about the 2 players he lost. Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne walked off injured.

Ederson saved an injury time penalty as well as some pride as Crystal Palace and Manchester City shared honours in a 0-0 draw in the Premier League.

After frustrating first 90 minutes for both the sides, the game electrified in the injury time. A 3-minute injury time turned into 8 minutes as Kevin De Bruyne was carried on stretcher and Jason Puncheon also limped off.

What started in 2017 finishes in 2017

It was a forgettable outing for the leaders as Pep Guardiola failed to break his own record of 19 games winning streak. The 18-game winning streak in the Premier League, which is now a record for most successive games won in the league, ended but they came out unscathed to remain unbeaten so far.

KBD, Jesus give New Year scare to City

What further amplified their worries was the fact that their two star players Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus were substitute with injuries.

While Jesus walked off early in the match, De Bruyne left late.

There were not much threatening attacks from City, who had to make their first change in the 23rd minute itself. Sergio Aguero replaced injured Jesus.

Immediately after being introduced, City’s top scorer hit the bar but it was a dull affair otherwise. The 74% ball possession resulted in just 15 shots, 4 of which were on target.

Guardiola’s words

Pep had said before the matchweek that he would rotate his players and even if his team’s winning streak is halted it would not matter a lot but they should not lose players. Both happened though. Their streak was broken and they lost not one but two best players of the squad.

The draw saw City’s lead at top reduced to 14 points ahead of their clash against Watford on January 3. They are yet to lose a game and have won 19 of the 21 games while sharing points in other 2.

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