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 men found themselves trailing by two goals for the fourth time in six Premier League matches, but they stormed back to defeat Palace.
Eberechi Eze had a role in both goals as Palace raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to John Stones’ own goal and Joachim Andersen’s bullet header, leaving a blunt City side stunned at the interval.
But the excellent Bernardo Silva began the comeback by halving the deficit just after half-time before Haaland took over, completing the turnaround with a pair of poacher’s finishes and a third clinical strike for the champions.
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City had an uphill task early on, as Eze’s free-kick delivery deflected off Kyle Walker and found its way in off Stones.
The hosts’ response was hardly emphatic, and they found themselves two down by the 21st minute for the first time in the league since December 2010.
Another Eze set-piece – this time a corner – teed up a powerful header into the bottom-left corner from Andersen, who easily evaded Walker.
Silva looked City’s biggest threat and was unsurprisingly the one to pull a goal back in the 53rd minute, cutting in from the right and seeing a low strike flicked past Guaita by Jeffrey Schlupp.
City levelled just past the hour as Haaland beat his marker to head Phil Foden’s cross in from close range, before then putting them in front with a tap-in 20 minutes from time.
He slotted past Guaita to complete his hat-trick and cap a fine second-half City display after brilliantly holding off his marker.