Man City vs Crystal Palace Review
Free scoring group leaders Manchester City crushed bottom-placed Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad for match game week six. City have been in a tremendous run, winning five of the six games played and scoring a total of 21 goals and conceding 2 while Palace haven’t found the back of the net this season while the opponents have penetrated them on 13 occasions.
Both teams looked shaky for majority of the first half although City made a clever break-through just at the end of the first half thanks a splendid looping delivery from veteran David Silva to Leroy Sane who cautiously controlled the air ball and score the opening goal. The German international is having his dream spell at the club, previously netting two against Liverpool and the winner against West Brom in the opening weekend of the Carabao Cup this week itself.
City fans were left worried when their new recruit Benjamin Mendy left the field following a sour clash with Palace winger Townsend. He was shown a yellow card and was replaced by ex-Real Madrid player Danilo in the 29th minute.
The game gradually took shape after two quick-fire goals from Sterling early in the second half (51’ 59’) and eventually took the game away from the Eagles. The attacking playmaker has reinvented himself under the watchful eyes of Pep Guardiola. The City No.7 already has scored 4 goals across all competitions this season.
There was much more in store for the home fans as Kun Aguero scored a bullet header via a perfect cross from Sane partially saved by Welshman Hennessey just before going in. Aguero now needs just a couple of goals to become City’s highest scorer ever surpassing City legend Eric Brook.
Substituted at the 70th minute, replacing John Stones and just when everyone thought the game had seen it’s end of actions, Englishman Fabian Delph scored a beauty from the outside of the box, curling into the net after a sweet right-footed connection.
City next welcome Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad for the Champion’s League on 27th of September while Crystal Palace will look to seek an account-opening victory against high-flying Manchester United at the Old Trafford next game-week.