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Summary

  1. Listen to Man City v Crystal Palace by using the play button and on 5 live
  2. Silva scores after 114 seconds, Kompany, De Bruyne, Sterling & Otamendi in second half
  3. City set to move up to third, Palace six points above bottom three
  4. Four games at 15:00 BST - including Hull v Sunderland
  5. Swansea v Everton at 17:30 BST

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

What a start to the Premier League weekend. Manchester City turn on the style and produce a goal feast against poor Crystal Palace to keep their Champions League prospects alive.

Don't forget you can keep right up to date with the rest of Saturday's Premier League games here.

Thanks for your company. Until next time...

'I did not expect to see that'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce in the Etihad Stadium tunnel, on 5 live: "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 their usual standards. We didn't really recover from that. 

"I did not expect to see what we saw in the second half, which was very disappointing because we'd fought back and were keeping Manchester City at bay. But Vincent Kompany was free in our box and scored their second, and after that we simply lost control and Manchester City scored more and more. 

"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."

Sam Allardyce
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What's next?

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City

Two of Manchester City's remaining three games are at home to Leicester City on 13 May and West Bromwich Albion on 16 May. City bring the curtain down at Watford on 21 May. Win all three and City are in next season's Champions League.

'Champions League in our hands'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, speaking to Sky Sports: "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."

'No complaints'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "Gifting Manchester City a goal at the Etihad is not what you want to do. Defending in the right areas correctly is what you have to do. We gifted Vincent Kompany a goal of all people. 

"The lads didn't apply themselves correctly and Manchester City thoroughly punished us. We can't complain about the scoreline.

"It lies in our hands by trying to beat Hull week next Sunday. We have to put it right by returning to winning ways."

'We deserved to get punished'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports: "The recovery from the goal was good indeed. It could have been 1-1.

"All five goals were avoidable. We didn't make them produce their brilliant talent, we gifted them five goals. They punished us heavily.

"I didn't feel the lads were comfortable in the back five as they would have done with a back four. When we switched, we got better going forward. But our final third play let us down as well as our defensive display. We deserved to get punished.

"If I'd have had the centre-halves fit I would have played them. Our usually strong defensive unit was in tatters. 

When asked about their league position, he replies: "We've got to do it ourselves. We've got to be man enough and brave enough.  Safety could have been achieved against Spurs, and then we gifted Burnley the points, and today we didn't deserve anything."

'Goal difference is so crucial'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

This result helps Manchester City's goal different hugely, as they're now three ahead of Liverpool.

It is so crucial, because it's not about only finishing in the top four but the top three would make a huge difference, because then you start in the Champions League proper and your squad is granted a proper, restful off-season.

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Samson S. Isah: Wow, Man City blew Crystal Palace away. Their only weakness is that they can't do it every other game. 

RoboNeuer: Well, Palace need to put in better performances in their last few games. This wasn't acceptable, regardless of safety.

You close your eyes and swing!

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City

Man City captain Vincent Kompany, speaking to Sky Sports: It was only 1-0 after the first half so it wasn't an easy. We kept shooting and kept trying and we forced it to go our way. We needed that. 

Was it his best goal at home?

"It depends if you talk about emotions. The one against Man United will always be best. You close your eyes and swing! I was pleased with the second half. We scored a lot and got the clean sheet. 

"We wanted to set this chain of home games right and it couldn't have gone better. We need to repeat the performance in the next games."

Vincent Kompany,
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'Crystal Palace? Woeful'

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

Far too easy for Manchester City all throughout the game,  because Crystal Palace never turned up. City dominated, holding onto the ball and, once they went 2-0 up just minutes after the break, the result was never in doubt. 

City never pushed very hard and, if we're honest, they've won this game comfortably playing at 75%. 

Crystal Palace? Woeful.

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

This is Pep Guardiola's biggest Premier League win. We'll bring you his reaction is a few moments.

Poor Palace

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

It hasn't happened today for Crystal Palace. When you start the game poorly it's very hard to pull yourself back into it. 

They would have developed a new plan during half-time but once they conceded so quickly after the break they had all the wind taken out of their sails.

Damien Delaney looks dejected
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FULL-TIME

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City climb to third in the race for next season's Champions League as Crystal Palace crumble without a fight.

Pep Guardiola and Leroy Sane
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Otamendi rubs it in

Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Nicolas Otamendi connects with Kevin De Bruyne's free-kick to head home City's fifth from close range. A day to forget for Palace.

GOAL - Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Nicolas Otamendi

Five star Manchester City.

Nicolas Otamendi celebrates
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Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Groans from Palace fans as three minutes of additional time is signalled.

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

What might have been had City played like this more consistently? This is the fifth time they have scored four goals or more in the Premier League this season.

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Double change for City now they are in cruise control. Off go Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus and on come Jesus Navas ON and Kelechi Iheanacho. 

'Scandalous'

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

Good finish and great technique from Raheem Sterling. It was actually his weaker side but he got his chest and knee aligned over the ball and thrashed it past Wayne Hennessey.

But how much space and time was afforded to him inside the Crystal Palace 18 yards box? Scandalous.

Raheem Sterling scores
Reuters

Painful for Palace

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

This is painful to watch for anyone connected with Palace. They've been out-muscled, out-fought and now they are well and truly down and out.

Raheem Sterling adds City's fourth with a half-volley after a Pablo Zabaleta knock-down in the box from a Yaya Toure pass. 

City are rampant.

GOAL - Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling

Palace are down and out.

Raheem Sterling celebrates
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Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Palace have used all their substitutes when Joel Ward's face connects with Leroy Sane's elbow. The result looks like a broken nose for the Palace man. There's a fair amount of blood while a change in shirt is required for Ward.

Leroy Sane and Joel Ward
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SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Martin Kelly is finally put out of his misery. A miserable afternoon for the Palace defender. Damien Delaney is on for the closing stages.

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

A reminder that it if stays like this then Manchester City will climb above Liverpool into third spot with three games remaining.

Palace are six points above the relegation zone but wins for Hull and Swansea later will certainly make things interesting.

CLOSE!

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

A rare chance for Palace, after a delightful touch by Christian Benteke, as Mathieu Flamini's deflected shot has Willy Caballero back-peddling before the Argentine pushes it over the bar. 

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Vincent Kompany scores
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Love of Football: How City have missed Kompany and the confident vibes he gives this team. 

Jeremy F: The Palace bubble has burst - they have had their two-game winning streak. 

Jon Facer: A Hull win at home to Surrenderland and Swans beat Everton then it's game on! Palace better pack away those flip-flops.

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Palace have just won their first corner....after 68 minutes.

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Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

A standing ovation for David Silva as he makes way for Pablo Zabaleta after a goalscoring return for the Spaniard.

Palace have also made a couple of changes. Luka Milivojevic has been replaced by Mathieu Flamini while Chung-Yong Lee is on for Andros Townsend.

David Silva
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'Relax

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

And everybody relax. Nothing tense about the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium now City have that third goal - the home fans are in full voice, singing 'we're glad all over we've got Guardiola' and urging their side forward for more goals.

The Palace supporters, to their credit, have been noisy throughout and remain so - even though there have been long spells where their team have not touched the ball. 

Also upping the volume on the visitors' behalf is the Eagles' extremely animated assistant boss Sammy Lee, who has spent most of the match shaking his head in exasperation and does not seem able to sit down for more than a few seconds at a time before standing up to bellow more orders at his players.

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

City have had as many shots in the first 20 minutes of the second half as they managed in the first half. The tally currently stands at 20. In contrast, Palace have managed four shots.

Christian Benteke looks dejected
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'Hennessey has a floppy wrist'

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

Wayne Hennessey
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A simple strike from Kevin De Bruyne from the edge of the box and there was not a great deal of pace in it. 

Wayne Hennessey has a floppy wrist, and that's what's cost him. He really should have saved that - he was in the correct position guarding his post but it's really weak from the goalkeeeper. Unusual, as the keeper's been involved in this game throughout so should have been prepared. 

A really, really weak moment from Hennessey, and now Palace could end up conceding five or six if they're not careful...

De Bruyne joins the party

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey has frustrated City with some smart saves but the Palace keeper is easily beaten from 20 yards by Kevin De Bruyne. City are piling on the misery - Palace have failed to turn up.

GOAL - Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Kevin De Bruyne

All over with half an hour to go.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates
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CLOSE!

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

And the chances keep on coming for City. Wayne Hennessey is forced into a smart save by Fernandinho before Leroy Sane is denied by the Palace keeper after a sweeping City move. Palace are so sloppy in possession.

City 'in the box seat'

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

City are now in the box seat when it comes to Champions League qualification - if they win all their remaining games, no problem.

Goal rush

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Vincent Kompany has now scored two in four Premier League games - as many as in his previous 43.

incent Kompany
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HITS THE WOODWORK

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City move above Liverpool into third spot with that goal. They're looking to bury Palace - Kevin De Bruyne shaves the bar with a free-kick after being hauled down by Luka Milivojevic who is booked.

'Kompany picked out perfectly by De Bruyne'

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

What a finish from Vincent Kompany - absolutely brilliant! He may have been a little shaky at the back, bit here he pulls off and he's picked out perfectly be Kevin de Bruyne. 

Kompany swept it into the top corner with great power, though it might have taken a slight deflection on the way in. 

Well, I was expecting an improved performance this half from Crystal Place, but this could prick their balloon and deflate it completely.

City move up to third

Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

It's been a frustrating season for Vincent Kompany because of injuries and the Manchester City captain is ecstatic as his laser-like finish following Kevin De Bruyne's lay-off first time finds the top corner. A special moment for Kompany.

Vincent Kompany celebrates
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GOAL - Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace

Vincent Kompany

Wonderful finish by Vincent Kompany.

Vincent Kompany scores
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