Sep 23, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 53,526
Man CityManchester City
5-0
Crystal Palace
Sane (44'), Sterling (51', 59'), Aguero (79'), Delph (89')
Mendy (25'), Danilo (57'), Sane (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Schlupp (76')

Result: Manchester City put five past Crystal Palace

Manchester City heap more misery on rock-bottom Crystal Palace with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, with Raheem Sterling scoring twice for the Premier League leaders.

Manchester City continued their rampant scoring run by thrashing rock-bottom Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

Leroy Sane broke Palace's stubborn first-half resolve with a 44th-minute opener, before Raheem Sterling's quickfire brace after the break.

Raheem Sterling celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Crystal Palace on September 23, 2017© SilverHub

Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph also got on the scoresheet late on to take City's aggregate score over their last three Premier League games to 16-0.

The visitors survived an early scare when Mamadou Sakho headed Kevin de Bruyne's cross against his own post, but otherwise kept City in check for the opening half an hour.

They posed an attacking threat themselves through Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struck the woodwork himself on 19 minutes after skipping past John Stones.

Chelsea's young loan star came close again when he turned Patrick van Aanholt's cross a few yards wide, with a deflection on its way through making it a tricky finish.

Palace appeared poised to get through to the break unscathed until Sane exchanged a wonderful give and go with David Silva, and an exquisite first touch from the German teed him up to poke past Wayne Hennessey.

Leroy Sane scores past Wayne Hennessey during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Crystal Palace on September 23, 2017© SilverHub

The Citizens moved through the gears in the early stages of the second half and quickly made it 2-0 through Sterling, who side-footed home at the back post after being picked out by Sane's pinpoint delivery on 51 minutes.

The England international was teed up for another simple finish before the hour mark as De Bruyne lifted a cross to Aguero at the back post, and the Argentine cushioned the ball across goal for Sterling to tap home.

Sterling should have had a hat-trick when he tamely volleyed into the side-netting from Hennessey's spill, and he would not get another chance as he was soon substituted by Pep Guardiola with an eye on the midweek visit of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The Citizens continued to pour forward though and felt that they should have had a penalty when Timothy Fosu-Mensah pulled the arm of Sane as he threatened to go through one-on-one with Hennessey.

City did get their fourth through Aguero, who looked less potent today without the company of Gabriel Jesus up front. However, Sane further justified his starting position over the Brazilian with a wicked curling cross which Aguero headed home on 79 minutes.

Substitute Delph rounded off the scoring a minute from time with the pick of the bunch, arrowing a right-footed shot into the top corner to make the victory even more emphatic, and keep City top on goal difference.

Palace remain rooted to the foot of the table, without a point or a goal from their opening six games, and with matches against Manchester United and Chelsea to come.

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