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Guardiola pardons Yaya Touré who starts and wins the game

The Ivorian, not to mention his agent, has had well documented problems with the Man City manager which has resulted in him not playing. That all changed today.

Guardiola pardons Yaya Touré who starts and wins the game
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The Ivory Coast midfielder used to be one of the first names on the Manchester City teamsheet until the spat between him and new manager Pep Guardiola - which seemed to be heavily influenced by the player's agent - and this war of words meant that Touré was getting no playing time.

Let's kiss and make up...it'll help us all

Out-of-favour Toure's only previous appearance since Guardiola's appointment as City manager came in a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest in August. But he was given a first Premier League start this term after he apologised to Guardiola for "misunderstandings of the past" and the Ivory Coast midfielder made up for lost time as he put City ahead with a powerful strike from inside the penalty area in the 39th minute.

City, who lost injury-prone defender Vincent Kompany with a first-half head injury, conceded a 66th-minute equaliser when Palace striker Connor Wickham beat a weak attempted save by Claudio Bravo. Guardiola's men hit back to grab the winner in the 83rd minute as Toure slotted home following confusion in the Palace defence.

Yaya Toure celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Pep Guardiola.

Taking advantage of title rivals' slip

After Manchester United and Arsenal shared a point-a-piece at Old Trafford, Toure's heroics lifted City to second place, behind leaders Liverpool only on goal difference after the Reds had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Southampton. Liverpool had made their best start for eight years, sparking talk of a first title since 1990, but Jurgen Klopp's side were unable to convert a host of chances.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool couldn't break down Southampton.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool couldn't break down Southampton.

Lights out at the Stadium of...oh!

Sunderland maintained their recent revival with a 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hull in a match interrupted by floodlight failure. David Moyes' relegation-threatened side had lost four of their five home league games this season, but they went in front through Jermain Defoe's 150th Premier League goal in the 34th minute. At the Stadium of Light, of all venues, floodlight problems early in the second half forced a 10-minute halt in play. When the light was restored, Victor Anichebe illuminated the afternoon for Sunderland with their second goal in the 62nd minute and another in the 84th minute to seal a second consecutive win for the Black Cats, who had Papy Djilobodji sent off in the closing moments.

The Stadium of Light lit up by mobile phones.

Cherries blossom as Swans choke at Toffees

Bournemouth won 1-0 at Stoke, with on-loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake scoring with a 26th-minute header before Stoke forward Bojan Krkic squandered a chance to equalise early in the second half when his penalty hit the crossbar.

Swansea were denied a first win under boss Bob Bradley as Everton left it late to earn a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Bradley's team struck in the 41st minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson was fouled in the penalty area by Phil Jagielka and the Swansea midfielder picked himself up to convert the spot-kick. But Seamus Coleman saved Everton with an 89th-minute leveller as Swansea slipped to the bottom of the table.

Foxes aiming for last season's title odds

Leicester's dismal defence of the Premier League title shows no signs of improving as they were beaten 2-1 at Watford. Walter Mazzarri's side went ahead after just 35 seconds when French midfielder Etienne Capoue volleyed home. Roberto Pereyra doubled Watford's lead when he fired in from the edge of the penalty area.

Riyad Mahrez goes past Watford's Miguel Britos.

Leicester reduced the deficit through a Riyad Mahrez penalty following Miguel Britos's foul on Jamie Vardy, but they are now just two points above the relegation zone.

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