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Haaland Scores his First Premier League Hat-Trick as City Fight Till The End vs Crystal Palace

Haaland Scores his First Premier League Hat-Trick as City Fight Till The End vs Crystal Palace

Erling Haaland bagged a hat-trick as City came from two goals behind to defeat Crystal Palace 4-2 in an enthralling Premier League encounter.

The Etihad Stadium was stunned as the visitors raced into a two goal lead in the first half. But Pep Guardiola‘s men fought back after the interval with two quick goals from Bernardo Silva and Haaland. The striker was then in the right place at the right time to tap into an empty net with 20 minutes to go to put City ahead.

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The Norwegian capped off a ruthless display with his third goal of the afternoon after 81 minutes by racing clear, holding off the challenge of Joel Ward and then coolly slotting into the bottom corner to claim the match ball.

MAN OF THE MATCH: ERLING HAALAND

Haaland vs Crystal Palace

The Norwegian stole the show with his clinical second half display that proved the difference between winning and losing.

STAT ZONE

Only Sergio Aguero (six) has scored more goals in his first four Premier League appearances for City than Haaland (five).

WHAT IT MEANS

City, temporarily at least, top the Premier League on goal difference ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion. That could change if Arsenal beat Fulham in Saturday’s late kick-off.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Arsenal 34 24 5 5 82 26 +56 77
2 Liverpool 34 22 8 4 75 34 +41 74
3 Manchester City 32 22 7 3 76 32 +44 73
4 Aston Villa 34 20 6 8 71 50 +21 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 6 8 65 49 +16 60
6 Manchester United 33 16 5 12 51 50 +1 53
7 Newcastle United 33 15 5 13 69 54 +15 50
8 West Ham United 34 13 9 12 54 63 -9 48
9 Chelsea 32 13 8 11 61 57 +4 47
10 AFC Bournemouth 34 12 9 13 49 60 -11 45
11 Brighton & Hov… 32 11 11 10 52 50 +2 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 12 7 15 46 54 -8 43
13 Fulham 34 12 6 16 50 54 -4 42
14 Crystal Palace 34 10 9 15 44 56 -12 39
15 Brentford 34 9 8 17 52 59 -7 35
16 Everton 34 11 8 15 36 48 -12 33
17 Nottingham Forest 34 7 9 18 42 60 -18 26
18 Luton Town 34 6 7 21 47 75 -28 25
19 Burnley 34 5 8 21 37 69 -32 23
20 Sheffield United 34 3 7 24 33 92 -59 16
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