Manchester City back in the Title Race defeating Palace 2-0
by Nick D
Apr 27, 2014 7:49 PM EDT
Manchester City managed to end Crystal Palace's winning streak with a 2-0 victory. The return of Yaya Toure was the key to City's win and if he can stay healthy then City have a great chance to win the Premier League after Liverpool suffered a defeat to Chelsea that has opened up the title race once more.
Manchester City started the game perfectly as they took the lead only after 4 minutes of play. Palace were defending deep and this is always dangerous against a star studded City side. Yaya Toure was back after his injury against Liverpool and he would make an immediate impact to the game. He played in a perfect cross from just outside the top of the box towards the back post. Dzeko would make the run and get in between the two defenders and head the ball into the bottom left corner out of reach of the diving Speroni. 1-0 and City knew that they needed to win their remainder games to win the title.
Edin Dzeko scores his 22 goal of the season and opens the scoring in the 4th minute of the match
Palace now with a lot to do to get themselves back into the game, though their recent form of 5 wins shouldn't be taken lightly by the City players. City then slowed the tempo after the goal and they slowly allowed Crystal Palace to get more involved in the game. Pellegrini was off his seat and you could see him yelling instructions to his players to keep the pressure on Palace and take over the game. Though Palace were enjoying some more possession it was City that looked dangerous every time they pushed forward. Milner was causing problems down the right flank as he was getting into space and making the Palace defence work hard to contain him. Then Yaya Toure made it 2-0 for City as he broke well down the right side and made his way into the box. A fortunate bounce off the defender fell back to the strong midfielder, he would stop and then curl the ball past the defender and the keeper to double City's lead. Halftime followed shortly after that as City had a commanding lead going into the change rooms.
Yaya Toure returned after injury and was instrumental in their win scoring in the 43rd minute
City came out strong in the second half knowing that they could not afford to allow Palace a way back into this game. Early pressure on Palace was the key, then keep them off the ball and not allow the home side to break on the counter. City maintained their good play as the clock ticked over and Palace struggled to find a breakthrough. The strong midfield play was the final touch to City's win. They held possession well and managed to see the game out without conceding a goal. The final whistle blew and City know now that the title was theirs to lose. 3 wins would see them lift the title at the end of the season as they had a stronger goal difference then Liverpool and Chelsea. Though the next challenge for City is Everton which Pellegrini knows will not be an easy task.