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Football: Off-colour City go top, United win again

Published on Dec 29, 2013 5:52 AM
Manchester City goalkeper Joe Hart (centre) waits to be treated for an eye injury after clashing with Crystal Palace's Cameron Jerome during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England on Dec 28, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City took over at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday but only after weathering heavy pressure from Crystal Palace in a narrow 1-0 home victory.

Having described the English festive fixture schedule as "not normal", City manager Manuel Pellegrini made six changes to his side and Palace almost took full advantage at the Etihad Stadium.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart was left with an ugly cut beneath his left eye after saving at the feet of Cameron Jerome in the first half and it was to mark the start of a frantic afternoon for the England man.

He saved brilliantly from Jason Puncheon and Mile Jedinak, while Marouane Chamakh headed wide from eight yards out as Palace looked to continue their impressive recent form under new manager Tony Pulis.

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