Late goal takes Man City 11 points clear of Chelsea

City looked set to drop their first points of the season until teenage substitute Kelechi Iheanacho struck.

Manchester City’s Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho (R) celebrates scoring the winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park in London on September 12, 2015. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Manchester City opened up an 11-point gap over champions Chelsea when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal at Selhurst Park on Saturday after Chelsea crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Everton.

City looked set to drop their first points of the season until teenage substitute Kelechi Iheanacho struck late at Selhurst Park.

Manuel Pellegrini's team moved to 15 points from five matches and they top the table from Arsenal, who grabbed their first home win and goals of the season with a 2-0 victory over Stoke City to move up to 10 points. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud were on target.

Palace are third with nine points, one ahead of Everton, at least until Manchester United and Liverpool meet in the late match at Old Trafford.

Everton's Scotland striker Steven Naismith bagged a hat-trick after coming off the bench in the ninth minute against the floundering Chelsea who are 16th in the table with four points.