Man City 4-2 Crystal Palace: Erling Haaland the hattrick hero for Citizens

Man City vs Palace
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Manchester City snatched all three points from Crystal Palace in a 4-2 victory on Saturday, at the Etihad Stadium. Man City wanted to continue adding points after a 3-3 draw against Newcastle United. Palace had been hopeful of extending their winning run, after a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa. After today’s result, Man City are in 1st place, with 10 points from 4 matches, while Palace sit in 13th, with 4 points from 4.

The Eagles started strongly in the first half, with an early calamitous own goal from John Stones in the 4th minute. Palace then scored once more and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Joachim Andersen in the 21st minute, to take a 2-0 lead into half time.

Cityzens started the second half with renewed vigour, when Bernardo Silva found the net at the 53 minute mark. Man City looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Erling Haaland, 62 minutes in to establish a 2-2. Man City looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a effort from Erling Haaland, 70 minutes in to establish a 3-2. They then scored again, increasing their advantage thanks to a hat trick effort from Erling Haaland, at 81 minutes with a final score of 4-2.

Substitutions for Man City included Julian Alvarez, Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Gomez and Cole Palmer for Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, repectively. Palace brought on Chris Richards, Will Hughes, Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta, to replace Tyrick Mitchell, Odsonne Edouard, Nathaniel Clyne and Jordan Ayew.

There were bookings for Phil Foden from Man City, and Jean-Philippe Mateta and Marc Guehi, for Palace.

Palace and Man City will next play at home to Brentford and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Technical card:
Manchester City:Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo (Ilkay Gundogan, min.61), Kevin De Bruyne (Cole Palmer, min.89), Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Erling Haaland (Sergio Gomez, min.84), Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez (Julian Alvarez, min.61)
Crystal Palace:Vicente Guaita, Nathaniel Clyne (Michael Olise, min.74), Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell (Chris Richards, min.57), Jordan Ayew (Jean-Philippe Mateta, min.74), Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheick Oumar Doucoure, Eberechi Eze and Odsonne Edouard (Will Hughes, min.67)
Stadium:the Etihad Stadium
Goals:John Stones (0-1, min. 4), Joachim Andersen (0-2, min. 21), Bernardo Silva (1-2, min. 53), Erling Haaland (2-2, min. 62), Erling Haaland (3-2, min. 70) and Erling Haaland (4-2, min. 81)