LONDON (AFP) - Manchester city eased lower back to the top of the ideal League as Raheem Sterling struck two times to beat Crystal Palace three-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The English champions circulate a factor ahead of Liverpool, who host Chelsea at Anfield later on Sunday, with five video games remaining for both sides.

Sterling had already overlooked a wonderful hazard before opening the scoring on 15 mins as metropolis hardly ever looked stricken in spite of having failed to beat Palace on their preceding conferences.

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any other cool Sterling finish appeared to have ended the sport as a competition 27 mins from time.

but, Pep Guardiola s men had to see out a worried finale to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool when Luka Milivojevic s free-kick gave Palace desire of a dramatic comeback.

as a substitute, metropolis broke to seal the 3 points on the counter-attack when the remarkable Kevin de Bruyne teed up Gabriel Jesus to make it 3-1.

The journey to south London kicked off a huge week for metropolis with Tottenham to go to the Etihad two times inside the next six days for the second one leg of their Champions League region-very last and a vital highest quality League clash with implications for both the title and pinnacle four race.

metropolis have to overturn a 1-zero first leg deficit in opposition to Spurs to development to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday. But, Guardiola s beginning line-up seemed stronger than the only he named in defeat to Mauricio Pochettino s men in midweek.

Captain Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, De Bruyne and Leroy Sane lower back amongst 4 adjustments and city speedy settled into general manipulate of the sport.

Sterling have to have opened the scoring on eleven mins when after a affected person build-up, David Silva were given to the via-line and picked out the england global who by some means sliced wide with an open goal at his mercy from near variety.

After a similar sitter at Burnley final season, Guardiola fast hooked Sterling in his frustration.

however, Sterling confirmed his adulthood and why he is a contender for participant of the yr awards by means of redeeming himself in emphatic fashion simply four minutes later.

a unprecedented Palace foray forward left them uncovered on the returned and De Bruyne s sensational thru ball allowed Sterling to break clean before side-footing the ball high past Vicente Guaita.

Palace inflicted town s simplest home league defeat of the season with a surprise 3-2 victory in December thank you in element to a surprise strike from Andros Townsend.

however the hosts have been camped of their own half of and unable to spring a counter-assault for the pace of Townsend or Wilfried Zaha as city enjoyed over 75 percent possession within the first 45 minutes.

Guaita made a smart prevent at his near put up to save you Sane killing the game as a contest after a slick solo run and the Spanish goalkeeper additionally performed his part in a goalmouth scramble that Palace in some way escaped unharmed from in first-1/2 stoppage time.

A comparable pattern persisted after the break and metropolis in the end struck the killer blow simply after the hour mark whilst Sane s driven pass become turned domestic at the again post by Sterling.

city nonetheless needed to continue to exist a nervy finale after Milivojevic s free-kick from the brink of the container decreased the deficit to two-1 nine mins from time.

however they withstood an aerial bombardment and made the game secure when substitute Jesus took his time earlier than beating Guaita at his close to publish.