Pep Guardiola reacts to Manchester City’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace

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Manchester City’s title defence suffered another blow as Michael Olise’s 95th-minute penalty rescued a dramatic point for Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City had a 2-goal lead thanks to goals from Jack Grealish and Rico Lewis and appeared to be cruising to victory until Jean-Philippe Mateta pulled a goal back with 14 minutes remaining.

Manchester City then gave away a penalty in stoppage time after Phil Foden caught Mateta as he attempted to clear. Olise then scored the penalty for the visitors.

The draw, City’s third consecutive at home, leaves the defending champions in fourth place, three points behind leaders Liverpool.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the draw against Crystal Palace, Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola said: “We give away two points for our mistake and what can I say? We do everything and a team that defends in the box like so, so deep.

“They arrive and we are punished but we have to be more calm and composed in that position. It is not the first time but it is what it is. Move forward, learn and [go to the] next one.

“It is so difficult, the physicality of them. But yeah the penalty cannot happen. It’s happened so at the end in that level they punish you.”