Crystal Palace vs Man City: Citizens get title challenge back on track

Crystal Palace vs Man City: Citizens get title challenge back on track

- Crystal Palace vs Man City saw the Citizens win 2-0 away from home in a Premier League tie

- Gabriel Jesus and David Silva netted two goals in the first half to lead 2-0 at the break

- Both sides did not score as Man City claim 2nd spot on the EPL log, five points adrift of Liverpool

Man City defeated Crystal Palace in a tough Premier League clash on Saturday evening, October 19, at Selhurst Park to reduce the point difference with leaders Liverpool to five points.

Two goals in the first half from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva were enough for the Pep Guardiola’s side to see off the Eagles at their background.

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Spanish boss Guardiola made four changes to Man City starting XI from the team that lost to Wolves as the quartet Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Kevin de Bruyne started the game

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Brazil forward came close to breaking the deadlock after 13 minutes, with his header from a De Bruyne assist, but he could not guide his effort on target.

With six minutes to the end of the first half, City netted the opener after Bernardo Silva's superb cross found Jesus, who buried the ball beyond the reach of Palace’s Wayne Hennessey.

Two minutes later, as Sterling assisted City’s second by picking out David Silva in the box, and the experienced took his chance nicely to extend the Citizens lead going into the break.

After the restart, City came all out to score more goals, but Palace shot-stopper was spot on to make saves on different occasions as fans cheered on at Selhurst Park crowd.

With 15 minutes of play left on the clock, Roy Hodgson brought on Christian Benteke for the final attempt to stage a comeback, with the Belgian coming close to reduce the deficit with a header that saw Ederson on top with a decent save.

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De Bruyne came close to adding the third with a header inside the box from Gundogan assist, but his effort could only kiss the upright, with City still leading 2-0.

The performance on the night saw the defending champions keep a clean sheet and move up to second spot on Premier League log.

Legit.ng reported earlier that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be waiting for a late fitness test before deciding on Mohamed Salah’s availability for Man United clash on Sunday, October 20, at Old Trafford.

The winger was missing in Egypt’s squad during the international break following a tackle from Leicester's Hamza Choudhury in Liverpool last Premier League fixture.

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