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Relive Manchester City's 5-0 win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

City couldn’t have wished for a better start with David Silva drilling home a low shot with less than two minutes on the clock.

Raheem Sterling’s cross saw defender Martin Kelly weakly head clear, but only as far as Silva and the Spaniard made no mistake to score his 50th goal for the Blues from 10 yards out.

The away side nearly levelled through Christian Benteke but Willy Caballero pulled off a fantastic save to deny the Belgian striker.

Any hopes Sam Allardyce's men had of a comeback were all-but snuffed out by a stunning second goal by the Blues just three minutes after the restart.

Kevin De Bruyne shaped up for what looked as though would be a trademark whipped cross from the right, but instead he picked out Vincent Kompany just inside the box and the skipper lashed home a thunderous shot into the top corner, giving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey no chance.

The Blues were now slicing a despondent Palace apart at will, with De Bruyne striking the bar with a 20-yard free-kick, Fernandinho denied by Hennessey and Leroy Sane going also close.

But the home fans didn’t have to wait long for another goal as De Bruyne capped a superb display with a precision finish from the edge of the box that squeezed past Hennessey with just an hour played.

There was still time for City to add another couple of goals to their tally towards the end as first sub Pablo Zabaleta’s header picked out Sterling, who volleyed a low shot home from close range, and then Nicolas Otamendi spectacularly headed home a De Bruyne free-kick in added time to complete the rout.