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Game of the season? Swansea and Palace play out incredible 9-goal thriller

Elsewhere, Gareth McAuley’s header was cancelled out by Michael Dawson as West Bromwich Albion were held.

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring.
Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring.
Image: Nick Potts

SWANSEA CITY CLAIMED an extraordinary 5-4 win over struggling Crystal Palace, while champions Leicester City narrowly avoided a seventh defeat of the campaign in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

The Welsh side upped the pressure on Palace manager Alan Pardew by condemning the south London club to a sixth straight defeat in a madcap game that gave Bob Bradley his first win since becoming manager.

Palace led 1-0, fell 3-1 down, fought back to go 4-3 up, but eventually succumbed courtesy of a remarkable brace of injury-time goals from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.

The victory took Swansea off the foot of the table, where they were replaced by Sunderland, and left Palace above the bottom three on goal difference.

Leicester reached the Champions League last 16 in the week and they were almost brought down to earth with a bump by Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium.

Alvaro Negredo twice put Boro ahead, but Riyad Mahrez cancelled out his first goal with a 34th-minute penalty and Islam Slimani rescued a draw with another spot-kick in the fourth minute of added time.

Elsewhere, Gareth McAuley’s header was cancelled out by Michael Dawson as West Bromwich Albion were held to a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

English Premier League results on Saturday:

Burnley 1 (Marney 14) Manchester City 2 (Aguero 37, 60)

Hull 1 (Dawson 72) West Brom 1 (McAuley 34)

Leicester 2 (Mahrez 34-pen, Slimani 90+4-pen) Middlesbrough 2 (Negredo 13, 71)

Liverpool 2 (Origi 75, Milner 90+1-pen) Sunderland 0

Swansea 5 (Sigurdsson 36, Fer 66, 68, Llorente 90+1, 90+3) Crystal Palace 4 (Zaha 19, Tomkins 75, Cork 82-og, Benteke 84)

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