Manchester City Put Five Goals Past Crystal Palace To Move Third

Pep Gaurdiola’s side Manchester City strengthened their grip on a top-four finish with a convincing victory over Crystal Palace that moves them above Jurgen Klopp team Liverpool and into third place on goal difference.

Wizard playmaker David Silva opened the scoring inside two minutes with City's quickest goal of the season, but it took a little longer before the scoresheet reflected the home side's dominance.

The Home side could not extend their lead before the half-time, despite a lacklustre start from the Eagles side who are not yet assured of Premier League safety.

The Sam Allardyce side almost managed an unlikely equaliser with their first effort at goal when striker Christian Benteke's header brought a fine reaction save from goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

But the host made sure of the points after the half-time, starting when skipper Vincent Kompany turned home midfielder Kevin de Bruyne's cross with a fine first-time finish into the top corner.

The Belgian [De Bruyne], who also grazed the bar with a free-kick, made it 3-0 with a low shot from the edge of the area that Eagles goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey got a hand to, but could not keep out.

Winger Raheem Sterling added a fourth, latching on to substitute defender Pablo Zabaleta's clever header and smashing his shot into the bottom corner, before full-back Nicolas Otamendi headed home De Bruyne's free-kick to complete the rout.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Our performance was high level. I'm pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here.

"Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, even Everton... it's so important to play in the Champions League. It's in our hands."

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce : "Our system did not cause us to concede today's first goal - our defender had to clear the ball and he didn't, and from it they scored. Individuals did not perform to our usual standards.

"My team was unrecognisable from what I've seen over the past two or three months - hopefully that is a one-off and the lads have got it out of their system ahead of the biggest game of the season next week at home to Hull."

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