Manchester City managed to break down a stubborn Crystal Palace side to secure a late 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
- Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 0
- Aguero off injured early on
- De Bruyne on for his City debut
- Navas misses open-goal chance
- Iheanacho slots home winner
Both sides looked good going forward for the opening half, but were unable to make the most of their chances. The noteworthy moment for the first stanza was the injury to Sergio Aguero, which makes him a doubt for City's Champions League encounter with Juventus.
Jesus Navas really should have scored five minutes into the second half, while Jason Puncheon had a good header saved in a second-half devoid of any real goalmouth action.
City, though, found a way to get over the line, as Kelechi Iheanacho pounced on a spilled save to fire home the winner from close range.
Selhurst Park was bouncing for the start of the game given Palace's excellent start to the season and the atmosphere provided a real lift for the players.
Yannick Bolasie and Yohann Cabaye missed early opportunities as the Eagles looked to exploit City's flanks.
With David Silva and Raheem Sterling already missing, there was some more concern for the Citizens as Sergio Aguero stayed down following a late challenge from Scott Dann and was withdrawn for debutant Kevin de Bruyne.
City grew into the game a bit and De Bruyne had his first shot of his second spell in the Premier League, but fired straight at Alex McCarthy after some quick build-up play by City.
Jesus Navas really should have had his side ahead five minutes into the second half, rounding the keeper after latching onto a through ball, but some conspiring to find the sidenetting when it looked easier to score.
Joe Hart was called into action in the 69th minute, denying Jason Puncheon from a close-range header off a fine ball in from the flank.
Dwight Gayle had a great opportunity to score with two minute remaining after beating the offside trap to get a touch on a perfect ball into the box, only to fire wide with only Hart to beat.
There was to be late drama, however, substitute Iheanacho stabbing home after McCarthy failed to hold on to a Samir Nasri effort from inside the box.
The win sees the Citizens make it five wins from their first five Premier League games this season and will take great confidence into their Champions League tie in midweek.