Manchester City thump Crystal Palace to move up to second

Manchester City thump Crystal Palace to move up to second

Manchester City climbed to second in the English Premier League table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday night. 

Pep Guardiola's side went into the match having watched fellow title challengers Liverpool and Man United play to a drab draw at Anfield, and they took full advantage. 

The Cityzens dominated the match from start to finish and scored some beautiful goals, one in the opening half and three in the second period.

Despite dominating from the first whistle, Guardiola's team had to wait until the 26th minute to finally find the opener, and it was beautifully created. 

Kevin De Bruyne found space on the right and he lofted the ball wonderfully with the outside of his foot, finding John Stones, who leaped the highest to nod it into the net for a 1-0 lead, and it was the difference going into the break.  

The hosts were 2-0 up 15 minutes into the second half as Ilkay Gundogan found the back of the net with a wonderful curler. 

Stones then added his second of the night and City's third in the 68th minute after unleashing a shot into the back of the net after latching on to a rebound off the goalkeeper.

Raheem Sterling, who missed a penalty in the last match then wrapped up the win with two minutes of normal time with a sumptuous free-kicks. 

The win saw City move above defending champions Liverpool, and could move to the top of the league with a win against Aston Villa in midweek. 

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