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Lazarus-like Yaya Toure runs the show as Man City close to within three of Liverpool

The Ivorian set up Edin Dzeko’s opener and chipped in with the second after a mazy run.

Samir Nasri helps Edin Dzeko celebrate his goal.
Samir Nasri helps Edin Dzeko celebrate his goal.
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Updated 18:10

Crystal Palace 0

Manchester City 2

MANCHESTER CITY DEFEATED Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park after Edin Dzeko headed home an early goal and Yayay Toure doubled their lead.

With just three minutes on the clock, Toure — back and fit for City — crossed for Dzeko to head the ball past Julian Speroni.

DZEKO Dzeko heads home.

The second goal was 90% Toure as he hared from his own half, exchanged two passes with teammates, and curled home.

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Palace have scored a platry 28 goals in 36 games this season and struggled to impose themselves in the second-half as City comfortably stroked the ball around. The best chance of the half fell to Dzeko but Speroni saved his deflected strike.

City’s win put them within three points of Liverpool after the Reds lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield this afternoon. Their goal difference is also a superior to the reds — +58 compared to +50.

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