Manchester City sunk Crystal Palace during the run-in for Premier League title.
Despite Manchester City dominating possession in the opening exchanges, it would be the hosts that claimed the first opportunity of the game, Luka Milivojevic sending an effort way over the bar.
Raheem Sterling should have put his side ahead after 9 minutes following some fine dribbling from the ever so impressive David Silva, but the Englishman was unable to convert unmarked from six yards out.
Sterling was at hand again six minutes later, though, with City breaking the Palace attack, the ball quickly found the feet of creative don Kevin De Bruyne whose perfectly weighted ball through ball opened up an opportunity for Sterling to finish into the top corner of Guaita’s net.
Palace showed signs of the spirit that had won them all three points at the Etihad earlier in the season, but ultimately their efforts came to nothing, Wilfried Zaha unlucky not to finish off a promising looking move after linking up with Christian Benteke.
Unfortunately, the host’s wastefulness was punished just past the hour mark by another Raheem Sterling goal, who was in the right place at the right time to dispatch Sane’s miscued shot.
Benteke came close to finding a way back into the game when he acrobatically unleashed a shot down the middle of the goal, though Ederson able to collect with relative ease.
Mr Dead-ball Specialist Luka Milivojevic gave his side a lifeline with ten minutes left on the clock after rifling home a free-kick, but their late surge, unfortunately, came to nothing. Kevin De Bruyne collecting his second assist of the game when releasing substitute Gabriel Jesus.
Having put in such a staunch defensive display (not reflected in the scoreline, we admit) it is hard to look past Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the unsung hero.
What a player this man has become. The winger-turned-right-back was in inspired form again on Sunday making a number of key tackles to keep an onrushing Manchester City at bay – for the most part. When the Sky Blues are in that kind of mood, teams can often fall behind by more than three goals, so it is a real credit to the young Englishman that he helped guard his sides pride in such comprehensive fashion.
Decent running in attack, quality work in defensive; knew his role and performed it with unrivalled maturity and guile. Palace would do well to keep him next season.
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