Raheem Sterling scored twice against Crystal Palace to inspire Manchester City to a ninth straight Premier League win and send Pep Guardiola‚Äôs side to the top of the table ‚Äď if only for a few hours.
With title rivals Liverpool hosting Chelsea in the late kick-off, City moved one point clear at the summit after a dominant performance at Selhurst Park.
Sterling opened the scoring after Kevin de Bruyne‚Äôs beautifully weighted pass saw his team-mate outsprint Patrick van Aanholt before an exquisite finish beyond Vicente Guaita.
England winger Sterling‚Äôs instinctive finish after Leroy Sane‚Äôs pass doubled the lead before Palace, who are 11 points above the relegation zone, reduced the deficit through Luka Milivojevic‚Äôs late free-kick.
Raheem Sterling has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, two behind team-mate Sergio Aguero who is the league‚Äôs leading scorer.
Substitute Gabriel Jesus extended City‚Äôs lead with a smart finish to leave City one point clear of Liverpool with five games remaining.
However, Liverpool will return to the summit if they beat Chelsea later in the day.
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