“Nearly perfect”, “Unreal returns”: Some Man City fans on cloud nine after easy 3-1 win vs Crystal Palace + Match report

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Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 to keep the pressure on table-toppers Liverpool. Far from the action-packed and incredible 3-2 Eagles win in the reverse fixture, this ended up being a light blue dominant game, much to a lot of surprise.

Though Manchester City were expected to win, few expected the Eagles to be this docile and utterly invisible at home. They failed to make an impact and instead, let the away side have the lion’s share of the ball, with a stunning 73% possession to Guardiola’s men.

Moreover, the Cityzens had 20 shots compared to Palace’s seven, 722 passes to Palace’s 273 and a 90% pass accuracy to Palace’s 71%, which showcased their dominance. The goals, however, took a long time to come given Manchester City’s dominance, with Raheem Sterling opening the scoring.

The Englishman has had a superb season and had missed a sitter just moments before scoring. But after a rather sensational pass from Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling made no mistake and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, giving Vincente Guaita no chance.

That settled the nerves for the away side and yet, they failed to double their lead.

The away side continued their surge on Guaita’s box, eventually finding their way past. Raheem Sterling doubled his and Manchester City’s tally after a brilliant pass from Leroy Sane, to ensure the three points for his side.

The home side did have a late surge after the goal, but the 2-0 lead proved to be too good to jump over. A late 81st-minute goal from a Luka Milivojevic free-kick did help Palace save their face, but it was too little too late.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus scored his second goal of 2019 and the first after a six-game drought, to seal the deal. It gave the reigning Champions a one-point lead over Liverpool but they comprehensively beat Chelsea to go on top again.

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This was Manchester City’s ninth win on the trot and the confidence should be enough to keep them going into big games against Tottenham and Manchester United.

Here is what a few Manchester City fans had to say about the result:

Written by Siddhant Lazar

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