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.


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.