fernandinho own goal sees Man City draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace





London - By Nate Williams, - Manchester City's Fernandinho scored an own goal in the last minute to spoil Sergio Aguero's late brace on Saturday in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Earlier, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur drew 0-0 at Watford after the hosts' Troy Deeney missed a penalty and Spurs were denied by a goalline clearance.



It was a big day for bottom side Norwich as they claimed their first win in 10 league games with a 1-0 victory at home to fellow relegation strugglers Bournemouth, as both sides were reduced to 10 men. 
Aguero scored his 250th goal for the City on 82 minutes to bring them level after Cenk Tosun headed in on 39 minutes to give Palace the lead. 
The Argentina striker scored again to seemingly earn victory with three minutes to play, but Wilfried Zaha's low cross in the dying seconds was turned in by City's Brazil international. 
Pep Guardiola's side are second in the league with 48 points and now lie 13 points adrift of unbeaten league leaders Liverpool. 
"It's difficult to analyse when they shoot one corner have no more chances and we did many times and unfortunately could not win," said Guardiola. 
Bournemouth's Steve Cook was sent off in the 31st minute after he denied a goal-bound opportunity with his hand before Norwich's Teemu Pukki converted his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot.
"It is huge," Pukki told the BBC. "We have played well lately but haven't got the three points. It was important for the team and for confidence."
Norwich, who saw Ben Godfrey dismissed on 76 minutes, are now just three points behind 19th-placed Bournemouth. 
"We are in that moment where anything that can go wrong will go wrong," said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. 
Watford's penalty was awarded on 68 minutes when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen blocked a shot with his hand but Paulo Gazzaniga kept Spurs level when he denied Deeney by stretching to his right. 
Spurs could have stolen victory in injury time as Erik Lamela tried to poke the ball in amongst a goalline scramble but it was cleared by Watford’s new signing Ignacio Pussetto. 
Goalline technology showed the ball had failed to go in by the smallest of margins. 
"I know it was only a couple of millimetres but goalline technology does not make mistakes like VAR (the video assistant referee). We have to accept it was not a goal," said Mourinho. 
"I think we deserved to win this match. To lose would have been too harsh on the boys."
With the draw, Watford move a point clear of the three-team relegation zone on 23 points in 17th, while Spurs are eighth. 
Spurs have now not scored in three successive Premier League games as they continue life without star striker Harry Kane, who is sidelined until at least April with a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. 
Sheffield United’s John Fleck denied Mikel Arteta and Arsenal a victory as the Scotland international scored in the 83rd minute to cancel out Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in a 1-1 draw. 
Elsewhere, Raul Jimenez scored twice for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 3-2 turnaround win against Southampton, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish equalized in a 1-1 draw away to Brighton and Everton drew 1-1 at West Ham. 

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Saturday, January 18th 2020
By Nate Williams,
           


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