Manchester City one step closer to winning the league after beating Crystal Palace

Manchester City one step closer to winning the league after beating Crystal Palace

Two second-half goals from Sergio Agüero and Ferran Torres sealed the victory for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Manchester City could secure their third Premier League title under their Spanish manager Pep Guardiola this week if Liverpool beat their rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

After winning their fourth consecutive EFL Cup last weekend, Man City put their one hand already in the league title with four games to play after beating Roy Hodgson’s men by two goals to nil away at Selhurst Park.

Guardiola made eight changes from the mid-week Champions League Semi-final victory over PSG as left frustrated when his team unable to break the deadlock in the first half after creating a decent number of chances.

Man City opened the scoring in the 56th minute from Sergio Agüero, who scored his first goal from the open play this campaign when he scored a sumptuous half volley from Benjamin Mendy’s pass. This was Argentine’s first goal at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.

Ferran Torres doubled his team’s lead two minutes later when he slotted the ball in the left-hand corner from his left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box.

Crystal Palace’s best chance of the game came in the 27th minute when Joel Ward’s cutback pass from the right-hand side fell in the path of Christian Benteke, whose close-range shot was well saved by Ederson.

Gabriel Jesus thought he gave his team the well-deserved lead in the 35th minute, only to find his goal was given offside by the assistant referee.

Victory over Palace means City are now thirteen points clear of second-place Manchester United and could be crowned champions this week if Ole Gunnar Solskjær team fail to win on Sunday.

Man City Welcome PSG in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-final on Wednesday, looking to book their place in the first-ever final of the competition, and Crystal Palace will travel to already relegated Sheffield United next Saturday.

Match XI

Manchester City: Ederson; João Cancelo, Nathan Aké, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy,Ferran Torres;
Fernandinho (Zinchenko), Rodri, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Jesus.

Crystal Palace: Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Kouyaté, Scott Dann, Tyrick Mitchell, Riedewald (Schlupp), Milivojević,
Eberechi Eze, Townsend (Ayew), Benteke (Mateta), Wilfried Zaha.

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