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PREMIER LEAGUE: Crystal Palace end Man City's title pursuit

Crystal Palace have essentially ended Manchester City's chase for the Barclays Premier League title.

Alan Pardew's Eagles produced a 2-1 victory over the reigning champions at Selhurst Park on Monday night to move up to 11th on the table while inflicting a third defeat in five games on Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Glenn Murray opened the scoring on 34 minutes when he slotted home from close range after a deflection fell kindly for him before Jason Puncheon got his free-kick up and over the wall and inside Joe Hart's left post three minutes into the second half.

City kicked into top gear after falling two goals behind and a comeback seemed apparent when Yaya Toure unleashed a powerful left-footed effort from the edge of the area which easily beat Julian Speroni in the 78th minute.

However, the home side defended dourly at the death to record a famous victory over Pellegrini's struggling side who have now dropped to fourth spot which has them nine points behind champions-elect Chelsea.

City have also fallen below Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of their trip to Old Trafford for the all-important Manchester derby on the weekend.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Crystal Palace: 2 (Glenn Murray 34', Jason Puncheon 48') Manchester City: 1 (Yaya Toure 78')

Selhurst Park, London - 24,718


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