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MANCHESTER CITY 5-0 CRYSTAL PALACE: PEP GUARDIOLA'S SIDE RUN RIOT AND THRASHED EXPERIMENTAL EAGL


Manchester City strengthened their grip on a top-four finish with a convincing win over relegation-threatened Crystal Palace and move above Liverpool and into third place on goal difference.

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Nicolas Otamendi who completed the rout celebrates City's victory

David Silva scored the opening goal inside two minutes ,City's quickest goal of the season, but it took awhile before the scoreline reflected the home side's dominance.

City could not extend their lead before the break, despite a lifeless start from a Palace side who are threatened with relegation and not yet assured of Premier League safety.

Crystal Palace almost scored an equaliser with their first effort at goal when Christian Benteke's header brought a fine reaction save from Willy Caballero.

But Man-City sealed the points after the break, starting when captain Vincent Kompany turned home Kevin de Bruyne's cross with a fine first-time finish into the top corner.

De Bruyne, made it 3-0 with his free-kick grazing the bar with a low shot from the edge of the area that Wayne Hennessey got a hand to, but could not keep out.

Raheem Sterling points his fingers up as he celebrates his goal

Raheem Sterling added a fourth, latching on to substitute Pablo Zabaleta's clever header and smashing his shot into the bottom corner,

Nicolas Otamendi completed the rout after he headed home De Bruyne's free-kick.