Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane (left) vies with Crystal Palace defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah during their English Premier League match.(Photo: Glyn Kirk, AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City saw its record 18-game winning run in the Premier League ended with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the leaders dealt a further blow with injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
It needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve City‘s unbeaten run after 21 games and leave Pep Guardiola‘s side 14 points clear heading into the new year.
Despite being in a commanding position with 17 games remaining, City will be concerned in particular with the injury to Jesus, who limped off in tears with a left leg injury midway through the first half after falling awkwardly.
“Maybe one month or two months,” Guardiola said of the likely length of absence of the Brazil striker.
De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury time, moments after Ederson‘s penalty save, and was helped along the touchline by two members of City‘s medical staff after the final whistle.
Guardiola said the midfielder was “lucky” it was not more serious but didn‘t give any more details.
City failed to score in a league game for the first time this season as Palace showed no inferiority complex up against one of the best sides to ever play in the Premier League.
“I thought our discipline, defensively, throughout the game was very good,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.
“Before we would have been jumping through hoops to get a point,” Hodgson added. “But when you miss a penalty, there is always an element of sadness.”
This was the first time City dropped points since a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Aug. 21. The four-month winning run started five days later with a last-gasp victory at Bournemouth.
A 19th straight victory would have matched the record winning streak in Europe‘s top five leagues, set by Guardiola‘s Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season. It also would have set a Premier League record of 12 straight away wins.
The closest City came to scoring was a deflected shot by substitute Sergio Aguero — the replacement for Jesus — that struck the post in the first half.
There was a lack of flow to City‘s play for much of the match, with De Bruyne‘s passing unusually sloppy and Palace sometimes hurting the visitors with their direct style.
It was a surreal ending to the match. Moments after the penalty, contentiously awarded for a foul by Raheem Sterling on Wilfried Zaha, came the foul on De Bruyne by Jason Puncheon as City launched a late counterattack.
As both players got treatment — they were both carried off the field on stretchers at the same time — Guardiola took a seat next to Hodgson in Palace‘s dug-out as the managers chatted.
FacebookBest of the 2017-18 Premier League seasonPost to Facebook
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
Chelsea‘s Marcos Alonso takes a free kick against Arsenal. Frank Augstein, AP Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois celebrates saving a shot against Arsenal. Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images Chelsea‘s Cesc Fabregas vies for the ball with Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez. Frank Augstein, AP Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the opening goal with a deflected free kick during the English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns stadium. PAUL ELLIS, AFP/Getty Images Manchester City‘s Nicolas Otamendi challenges Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park in London. GERRY PENNY, EPA-EFE Chelsea midfielder Willian) jumps into the arms of Danny Drinkwater after Drinkwater scored the team‘s second goal against Stoke. Ian Kington, AFP/Getty Images Bournemouth‘s Lewis Cook vies with Everton‘s James McCarthy. Glyn Kirk, AFP/Getty Images Newcastle United‘s Mikel Merino (right) vies with Manchester City‘s Ilkay Gundogan during Man City‘s 1-0 win at St James‘ Park in Newcastle. LINDSEY PARNABY, AFP/Getty Images Tottenham‘s Harry Kane scores his third goal of the game against Southampton. Alastair Grant, AP Chelsea‘s Alvaro Morata attempts a header on goal against Brighton. Tim Ireland, AP Manchester City‘s striker Sergio Aguero scores a header against Bournemouth. Oli Scarff, AFP/Getty Images Liverpool‘s Sadio Mane in full flight against Arsenal. Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his side‘s second goal in a 3-0 win over Stoke City at Bet365 Stadium. Gareth Copley, Getty Images Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez vies for the ball against Newcastle‘s Deandre Yedlin during the English Premier league game at the Emirates stadium in London. Arsenal won the game, 1-0. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA, EPA-EFE Huddersfield Town‘s Laurent Depoitre heads the ball to score past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at the John Smith‘s stadium in Huddersfield. Chelsea won the game, 3-1. OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Manchester City‘s Nicolas Otamendi scores his side‘s second goal in a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium. Dave Thompson, AP Stoke City‘s Ryan Shawcross deflects the ball into his own net against Tottenham. Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta reacts as Manchester City‘s David Silva celebrates a goal in a 2-1 win for Man City at the Etihad Stadium in Mancheste. OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Brighton midfielder Izzy Brown jumps against Liverpool‘s Trent Alexander-Arnold during Liverpool‘s 5-1 win at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. GLYN KIRK, AFP/Getty Images Manchester United‘s Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring his team‘s third goal during a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London. ADRIAN DENNIS, AFP/Getty Images Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his first goal against Newcastle. Chelsea won the game, 3-1. Favundo Arrizabalaga, EPA-EFE Everton‘s Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring a goal from midfield during a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Rooney had his first-ever hat trick in the win. PAUL ELLIS, AFP/Getty Images Manchester City‘s Raheem Sterling celebtrates scoring the winning goal over Southampton in a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Arsenal‘s Olivier Giroud scores the Gunners‘ fifth goal against Huddersfield Town in a 5-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images Liverpool‘s Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saves at the feet of Chelsea‘s English midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Paul Ellis, AFP/Getty Images Brighton Irish defender Shane Duffy challenges Manchester United‘s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Oli Scarff, AFP/Getty Images Andre Gray of Watford scores his sides third goal past Robert Elliot of Newcastle United Steve Welsh, Getty Images Manchester United‘s Juan Mata tries an overhead kick as Newcastle United‘s Florian Lejeune defends. Oli Scarff,, AFP/Getty Images Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil controls the ball against Tottenham. Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty Images Petr Cech of Arsenal reacts to conceding a penalty from Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium. Laurence Griffiths, Getty Images Watford‘s Tom Cleverley reacts after failing to score from the penalty spot in the final moments of the English Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool. LINDSEY PARNABY, AFP/Getty Images Manchester United‘s Marouane Fellaini (left) and Chelsea‘s Antonio Ruediger challenge for the ball during the English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Frank Augstein, AP Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Chelsea. Glyn Kirk, AFP/Getty Images Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha (right) celebrates scoring the final goal with teammate Andros Townsend during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United Ian Kington, AFP/Getty Images Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town Paul Ellis, AFP/Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur‘s Dele Alli scores a goal against Liverpool during a 4-1 win at Wembley. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA, EPA-EFE Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy (second from left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of a 2-1 win over Manchester United at the John Smith‘s stadium in Huddersfield. LINDSEY PARNABY, AFP/Getty Images Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope saves a shot from Manchester City‘s Kevin De Bruyne. Man City won the game, 3-0, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho shoots to score the team‘s fifth goal against Stoke City. Lindsey Parnaby, AFP/Getty Images Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard is tackled by Crystal Palace‘s James McArthur. Alastair Grant, AP Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic clashes with Tottenham striker Georges Kevin N‘Koudou on the edge of the penalty area. Andy Rain, EPA-EFE Arsenal‘s Mohamed Elneny and Brighton‘s Davy Propper challenge for the ball. Frank Augstein, AP Everton‘s Wayne Rooney crosses the ball against Burnley. Paul Ellis, AFP/Getty Images Manchester United‘s Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the team‘s second goal against Crystal Palace. Paul Ellis, AFP/Getty Images Chelsea‘s Alvaro Morata fights for the ball against Manchester City. Ian Kington, AFP/Getty Images Stoke City‘s Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Southampton. Alex Livesey, Getty Images West Ham‘s Arthur Masuaku is tackled by Swansea‘s Leroy Fer. Dan Mullan, Getty Images Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane stretches for the ball against Crystal Palace. Paul Ellis, AFP/Getty Images Tottenham‘s Fernando Llorente argues with West Ham‘s Winston Reid. Tim Ireland, AP Chelsea‘s David Luiz (left), Arsenal‘s Granit Xhaka (right) and Arsenal‘s Nacho Monreal jump to head the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London,. Tim Ireland, AP Manchester United‘s Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match against Everton at Old Trafford. Rui Vieira, AP Huddersfield Town‘s German head coach David Wagner shares a moment with mascot, Terry the Terrier, on the pitch after the Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Leicester City at the John Smith‘s stadium in Huddersfield. The game finished 1-1. OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Swansea City‘s English defender Alfie Mawson heads for goal but misses during the English Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea. GEOFF CADDICK, AFP/Getty Images Tottenham‘s Christian Eriksen shoots against Everton. Lindsey Parnaby, AFP/Getty Images Brighton players celebrate after scoring against West Brom. Dan Istitene, Getty Images Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez vies for the ball with Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso. Ben Stansall, AFP/Getty Images Manchester City‘s Leroy Sane celebrates scoring his team‘s fifth goal against Liverpool. Stu Forster, Getty Images Arsenal‘s Mesut Oezil reacts after a 4-0 loss against Liverpool. Peter Powell, EPA Tottenham Harry Kane reacts as Burnley players celebrate scoring a goal. Tim Ireland, AP Manchester City‘s Raheem Sterling gestures to referee Mike Dean after he receives a second yellow card for going into the crowd in celebrating his game-winning goal against Bournemouth. GLYN KIRK, AFP/Getty Images Swansea‘s Jordan Ayew celebrates after scoring a goal during a Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park in London. Tim Ireland, AP Manchester United‘s Marouane Fellaini (left) celebrates with his teammate Jesse Lingard after giving his team a 2-0 lead against Leicester City at Old Trafford. PETER POWELL, EPA Everton‘s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring against Manchester City during a 1-1 draw. The goal was Rooney‘s 200th during his Premier League career. Rooney is the second player ever with 200 or more EPL goals (Alan Shearer, 260). OLI SCARFF, AFP/Getty Images Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town celebrates after scoring a goal during a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at John Smith‘s Stadium in Huddersfield. Newly promoted Huddersfield Town AFC has won its first two games in the Premier League. Jan Kruger, Getty Images Chelsea‘s Marcos Alonso celebrates scoring a goal during a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in London. BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images Manchester United‘s Romelu Lukaku reacts at the final whistle after the win against Swansea. Oli Scarff, AFP/Getty Images Liverpool‘s Georginio Wijnaldum fights for the ball against Crystal Palace‘s Patrick van Aanholt and Jason Puncheon. Oli Scarff, AFP/Getty Images West Ham United‘s Pedro Obiang vies for the ball with with Southampton‘s Shane Long. Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images Leicester‘s Shinji Okazaki celebrates scoring the opening goal against Brighton & Hove. Michael Regan, Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur‘s Ben Davies heads the ball against Newcastle United. Lindsey Parnaby, AFP Manchester United‘s Romelu Lukaku celebrates with teammates after scoring against West Ham United. Dave Thompson, AP Everton‘s Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Stoke. Oli Scarff, AFP/Getty Images Watford‘s Miguel Britos scores past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Tony Marshall, Getty Images Burnley‘s Tom Heaton and Stephen Ward celebrate the win against Chelsea. Facundo Arrizabalaga, EPA Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the opening day win against Leicester. Andy Rain, EPA
Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries:
AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsCONNECTCOMMENTEMAILMORE