John Stones on fire as Man City destroy Crystal Palace in tough Premier League duel

John Stones on fire as Man City destroy Crystal Palace in tough Premier League duel

- Man City vs Crystal Palace saw them home side stage an impressive performance to win 4-0 at home

- John Stone's brace and a goal apiece from Gundogan and Sterling in the second half of the clash was enough to earn City a comfortable win

- The Sunday result saw them close the gap between them and rivals Man United to just two points with a game to play

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A resurgent Man City side demolished Crystal Palace 4-0 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night, January 17, to climb to second on the standings.

Man City tear Crystal Palace apart to go just two points behind leaders United
John Stone's brace and a goal apiece from Gundogan and Sterling in the second half of the clash was enough to earn City a comfortable win. Photo by PETER POWELL.
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John Stone's brace and a goal each from Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling were enough to steer City to a comfortable win.

The Etihad outfit went into the Sunday clash on the backdrop of an impressive form that has seen them go unbeaten in nine of their last matches in all competitions.

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The Pep Guardiola side stunned Brighton 1-0 in their last league match and were keen build on that result as they look to continue their title push.

And they made no mistake from the blow of the whistle when they hosted the Eagles, taking a deserved lead in the 26th minute through Stones after benefiting from Kevin de Bruyne's wonderful cross.

Gundogan doubled the advantage minutes into the second half, curling into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Stones completed his brace of the night in the 68th minute, with the Englishman smashing the ball into the back of the net to put the game beyond the visitors.

Sterling capped up City's impressive performance with a cracker minutes into stoppage time to guide his side to a comprehensive win at home.

The result was enough to send The Citizens to second on the charts with 35 points, two behind leaders and rivals United.

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They, however, still have a game in hand against high-flying Everton.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Eric Garcia is set to join Lionel Messi and team-mates at Spanish club Barcelona after reports claim that the Manchester City star agreed to join the Catalan giants form £8.9million.

It was gathered that the Blaugrana have been on the trail of the 20-year-old for some time after he had left the club in 2017.

His contract with City lapses at the end of the season and he has stated that he won’t be renewing the deal at the Premier League club.

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