Manchester City piled the pressure on fellow Premier League title contenders Liverpool by claiming all three points against Crystal Palace.
The Citizens' chances of winning the Premier League were boosted before their encounter against Tony Pulis' side due to Liverpool's 2-0 defeat against Chelsea.
Liverpool's loss meant Manchester City were six points behind the current leaders of the Premier League with two games in hand.
Manchester City knew exactly what they had to do and they did not disappoint.
Crystal Palace were unable to deal with the commanding presence of Yaya Toure in midfield and the aerial threat of Edin Dzeko.
And it was Dzeko who put Manchester City in front. The Bosnian international leapt above Crystal Palace's defence to nod the ball past the helpless Julian Speroni.
Palace, who guaranteed their safety against West Ham last Saturday, never really troubled Manchester City's stern back-line.
The game was practically put to bed before the interval as Manchester City scored their second just before half-time through Toure.
Manchester City's powerful Ivorian international burst into the penalty box before curling the ball into the back of the net after shrugging off a challenge from Damien Delaney.
His performance showed why he is among the contenders to win the PFA Player's of the Year award later tonight and is a shoo-in to be included in this season's team of the year.
Pulis threw on Glenn Murray, Thomas Ince and Dwight Gayle to try and claw back the 2-0 deficit, however it was a bridge too far for the Eagles.
Manchester City are now breathing on Liverpool's necks. Win their last three games and the Premier League title could be heading to the Etihad Stadium rather than Anfield.
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