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Crystal Palace 1-3 Man City: Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus secure comfortable win

Raheem Sterling scores for Manchester City against Crystal Palace
Raheem Sterling has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, two behind team-mate Sergio Aguero who is the league's leading scorer

Raheem Sterling scored twice against Crystal Palace to inspire Manchester City to a ninth straight Premier League win after a dominant performance at Selhurst Park.

The impressive victory briefly lifted Pep Guardiola's side, who had started the day second in the table, one point clear to the top.

However, Liverpool returned to the summit after beating Chelsea 2-0 in the late kick-off at Anfield, leaving City, who have one game in hand, two points behind the Reds with five games remaining in this fascinating title race.

Sterling opened the scoring after Kevin de Bruyne's beautifully weighted pass saw his team-mate outsprint Patrick van Aanholt before an exquisite finish beyond Vicente Guaita.

England winger Sterling's instinctive finish after Leroy Sane's pass doubled the lead.

Palace, who are 11 points above the relegation zone, reduced the deficit through Luka Milivojevic's late free-kick before substitute Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 with a smart finish.

Relentless City showing no signs of fatigue

City were forced to endure one or two nervy moments after Milivojevic's 12th top-flight goal this season gave the home side hope but, in truth, the visitors were superior from start to finish.

Having looked ordinary edging past Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend before losing in the Champions League at Tottenham on Tuesday, Guardiola's side returned to their majestic best in south London.

De Bruyne, left out against Spurs in midweek, sparkled on his return to the starting line-up but it was Sterling who caused the real damage, scoring more than once away from home for the first time in his City career.

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He could even have scored his third hat-trick in five weeks for club and country but, after firing wide from eight yards in the 10th minute, quickly atoned.

He showed electrifying pace to open the scoring after De Bruyne's perfect pass and Palace were fortunate to only be 1-0 behind at the interval as they found themselves under relentless pressure.

Guaita produced a palm-stinging save to keep out Sane while Palace's Spanish keeper had to make a smart stop to prevent Martin Kelly scoring an own goal before Sterling made it 2-0, finishing off a lovely move that involved David Silva and Sane.

The only minor disappointment for City, who had Benjamin Mendy making his first league start since November, was that they were unable to make it five league wins without conceding in a row.

With Jesus' late strike giving the score a more reflective look, City will head into Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg in confident mood as they look to overturn a one-goal deficit and stay on course for an unprecedented quadruple.

Race for the Premier League title
DateLiverpool fixturesDateMan City fixtures
21 AprilCardiff (A)20 AprilTottenham (H)
24 AprilManchester United (A)
26 AprilHuddersfield (H)28 AprilBurnley (A)
5 MayNewcastle (A)4 MayLeicester (H)
12 MayWolves (H)12 MayBrighton (A)

No home comforts for Palace

Palace stunned City with a 3-2 win at Etihad Stadium in December but they rarely looked like repeating such heroics in front of their own fans.

They offered very little as an attacking threat while their midfield, disrupted by the early loss to injury of Jeffrey Schlupp, found itself overpowered as Silva was repeatedly allowed space to create chances.

In addition, Christian Benteke made little impact and was unable to do his former club Liverpool a favour on his first league start for two months.

Although his side are not mathematically safe, Palace boss Roy Hodgson can start planning for a seventh successive season in the Premier League.

His side have beaten City, knocked Tottenham out of the FA Cup and held both Arsenal and Manchester United this season.

However, their home form has been a concern.

This was their ninth home league defeat - only relegated Huddersfield have a worse record in front of their own fans - and Palace will be keen to put that straight next season.

Man of the match - Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Cryastal Palace
Crystal Palace simply could not deal with Raheem Sterling's pace as the Manchester City winger rampaged through Selhurst Park and helped himself to two goals

'Perfect response' - what the managers said

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "Today's game was really good after the Champions League defeat - the stage was not easy.

"We play December, January, February - every three days one game. Why not trust the guys to do it again. We have the personality for the games.

"I knew we would produce a good performance."

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We got better as the game went on and in the second half we gave it a good shot.

"When you go on the counter-attack looking for an equaliser you concede a goal. We weren't good enough to dent City's progress.

"Keeping a ball and stopping them from playing around you... we did the best job we could. Had we gone hell for leather then they would have gone behind and around us."

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Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City: Roy Hodgson says his side 'gave it a good go'

Capital investment for City - the stats

  • Manchester City have won five away Premier League games against London sides this season, their highest ever number of victories in the capital within a single top-flight campaign.
  • Crystal Palace have lost 17 times in the Premier League this season, the joint-most defeats within a single campaign in the competition for a Roy Hodgson side alongside the 2011-12 season when he was in charge of West Brom.
  • Palace captain Luka Milivojevic is the first player this season to score both home and away in the Premier League against City.
  • Raheem Sterling's brace for City was his first ever double away from home for the club.
  • Kevin de Bruyne's assist for City's opening goal was his first in the Premier League in 336 days.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored 19 goals for Manchester City in all competitions this season, averaging a goal every 112 minutes.

What's next?

Palace have a week to dust themselves down and prepare for next Sunday's London derby at Arsenal (16:00 BST kick-off) while City will attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Tottenham on Wednesday in the Champions League quarter-final return leg at Etihad Stadium (20:00).

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forMeyerat 77'minutes
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forSakoat 85'minutes
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forKouyatéat 22'minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 17Benteke

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 7Meyer
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14J Ayew
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 26Sako

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 4Kompany
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 8Gündogan
  • 7Sterling
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 65'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forStonesat 87'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
25,721

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home7
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 3.

John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball following a fast break.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. John Stones replaces Leroy Sané.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Bakary Sako replaces James McArthur.

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Manchester City 2. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer replaces Andros Townsend.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces David Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Manchester City 2. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool34267177205785
2Man City33272486226483
3Tottenham332211064343067
4Chelsea34206857362166
5Man Utd33197763441964
6Arsenal32196765402563
7Leicester34145154645147
8Wolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford32137124747046
11West Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace34116174046-639
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton3296173251-1933
18Cardiff3384212863-3528
19Fulham3455243276-4420
20Huddersfield3435261967-4814
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