Man City 4-2 Crystal Palace: Erling Haaland hat-trick saves City's blushes
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates their sides fourth goal and their hat trickduring the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A second half hattrick from Erling Haaland and a strike from Bernardo Silva extended Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season.

Manchester City moved to the top of the table albeit potentially temporarily with Arsenal playing later this evening.

It is the second time in their last two games that City have been forced to come from behind to claim points, something Pep Guardiola will not be wanting to make a habit of. 

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Crystal Palace found themselves two goals to the good at half-time following a John Stones own goal and a powerful Joachim Andersen header. 

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It looked like Manchester City's woes against Palace were going to continue, with the South London side going into the day three games unbeaten against the current champions. 

However, a deflected Bernardo Silva strike just ten minutes into the second half started the comeback for city, Silva's 50th goal for the club.

From then on it was the Erling Haaland show, he has now scored in three of his last four league appearances.

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The first, a fine header from a curling cross sent into the box by Phil Foden.

Haaland's second goal was less glamourous as John Stones atoned for his own goal by laying the ball off to the Norway international to tap in from three-yards out. 

Finally, just ten minutes from full time, City's new man completed his hattrick with a well taken goal, holding off Joachim Andersen as he latched on to an Ilkay Gundogan through ball to put the game to bed.

The victory means that Manchester City continue their unbeaten start to the season and with two winnable games for the Citizens in the next seven days, fans will be eager to see the fine form continue. 

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Who else? The new man in Manchester has certainly lived up to the hype so far in his Premier League career with goal contributions in all of his league appearances so far. 

Last season, Manchester City were two down to Crystal Palace and fell to defeat at the Etihad. Many pundits blamed this loss on a lack of striker in City's squad. 

Today, Haaland netted a decisive hattrick and showed everybody exactly why these claims were right and the difference he made today cannot be understated. 

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