Sterling double leads Man City to 3-1 win over Palace in EPL

Sterling double leads Man City to 3-1 win over Palace in EPL
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game against Crystal Palace, during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Sunday April 14, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling shrugged off a glaring early miss by scoring a goal in each half as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 to keep the pressure on Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Sunday.

City moved a point clear of Liverpool, which plays Chelsea later Sunday.

City manager Pep Guardiola banged the side of the dug-out with his fist after Sterling skewed wide a shot from close range in the 10th minute.

The winger made amends five minutes later, however, after latching onto Kevin De Bruyne’s threaded through-ball and lifting an angled shot into the roof of the net.

Sterling then made it 21 goals for the season in all competitions by turning home a finish from Leroy Sane’s driven ball across the area in the 63rd.

Luka Milivojevic curled in an 81st-minute free kick to give Palace — and Liverpool — hope but Gabriel Jesus, on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero, made the three points safe for City with a goal on the counterattack in the 90th.

It was a ninth straight league victory for City, which will retain the league title if the team wins its remaining five games.

Palace was always likely to be a challenging test for City, with Roy Hodgson’s team one of four to have beaten the champions in the league this season. Palace also ended City’s 18-game winning run in the league last season with a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park, an atmospheric ground that Guardiola has said is one of the toughest to visit.

As it was, City dominated the game and barely gave Palace a chance until Milivojevic scored to set up a tense finale.


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