GABRIEL JESUS and Davis Silva struck a quickfire double as Manchester City's stylish win put the pressure back on leaders Liverpool. Raheem Sterling c
GABRIEL JESUS and Davis Silva struck a quickfire double as Manchester City’s stylish win put the pressure back on leaders Liverpool.
Raheem Sterling chipped one of the passes of the season to tee up Silva’s killer clincher on 41 minutes at hard-grafting Crystal Palace, whose late rally of possession and chances proved in vain.
And although Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey made several superb saves, the best stop came near the end from City’s Ederson, defying Christian Benteke’s header with a flying tip-onto-the-bar.
Ederson, playing behind a makeshift back four, then foiled a thumping 18-yarder from Wilfried Zaha in stunning fashion.
But at the other end Jesus undermined his fine afternoon – after being called up in place of Sergio Aguero – by somehow failing to pass to Kevin Bruyne in front of goal, instead firing a shot that Hennessey blocked.
‘EDERSON WAS SUPERB’
Champions City are now five points behind Liverpool, who visit Manchester United on Sunday aiming to extend their perfect Premier League start to nine straight victories.
And City midfielder Fernandinho, who played at centre-back due to defensive injuries, hailed Ederson’s rare key role.
The Brazil enforcer told Sky Sports: “In the first half we scored two goals and controlled the game.
“But at the end of the game they brought on Benteke and he caused some problems for us. But Ederson was superb to make the saves.
“They started to play long balls and high balls for their tall players.
“But if we scored the goals from the chances we created it would have been a different game.”
And boss Guardiola told BBC’S Match of the Day: “After the international break to play here at Selhurst Park and create a lot of chances was good.
“We played well and created a lot of chances but didn’t score too many but we didn’t concede.
“We conceded chances at the end but Ederson made two incredible saves.
“They defend so deep and they have quality up front with Benteke for the long balls and Zaha as well.”