Manchester City 4-2 Crystal Palace: Erling Haaland hat-trick ensures champions fight back again

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Erling Haaland’s scored a hat-trick as Manchester City once again fought back from two down, beating Crystal Palace 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side fell two goals behind for the fourth time in six Premier League games but came back to beat Palace.

Eberechi Eze was involved in both goals as Palace raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a John Stones own goal and a Joachim Andersen header to leave a stunned City side stunned after the break.

But the outstanding Bernardo Silva started the comeback by halving the deficit just after half-time before Haaland took over, completing the turnaround with two poaching finishes and a clinical third for the champions.

City had a tough task early on as Eze’s free-kick deflected off Kyle Walker and found its way to Stones.

The visitors’ response was hardly emphatic and they found themselves two down in the 21st minute for the first time in the league since December 2010.

Another Eze set-piece – this time a corner – sent a powerful header into the bottom left-hand corner for Andersen, who easily evaded Walker.

Silva looked to be City’s biggest threat and unsurprisingly he was the one to score in the 53rd minute, cutting in from the right and seeing Jeffrey Schlupp volley past Guaita with a low strike.

City equalized just after the hour when Haaland beat his marker to head home Phil Foden’s cross from close range before knocking them home after 20 minutes.

He slipped past Guaita to complete his hat-trick and cap off a fine second-half display from City after brilliantly holding off the mark.

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