Pep Guardiola’s men may have just conceded the title to rivals Liverpool in the race for the English Premier League title.
Newcastle is the second team to beat Manchester City in over a month easing their own relegation woes and strengthening Liverpool’s bid for the title at the same time.
The match started off in typical Manchester City fashion, controlling possession and dominating the opposition right from the onset.
Raheem Sterling, who is increasingly becoming an instrumental figure for the boys in blue, right from kickoff shuttled down the right-hand side and looped a bending cross into the 18-yard box towards the far post.
Newcastle being Newcastle struggled to clear with their goalkeeper misjudging the flight of the ball and crashing into David Silva, gifting Sergio Aguero a very easy goal just after 24 seconds; a goal typifying why they are battling with relegation.
With Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez hinting at walking out on the club if not supported in this January transfer window we had a feeling things were just about moving from bad to worse, no one could have predicted what was to yet to come in this encounter.
After barely threatening after the goal and failing to impose their superiority, City was made to pay as Newcastle’s Big Venezuelan Salomon Rondon equalized for the toons.
Prior to the equalizer City once again had the ball in the back of the net only for the referee to pull play back as he did not whistle when the Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne took the free kick for Aguero to redirect past a helpless Dubravka.
De Bruyne went into the referee’s book for trying to be a bit too smart eventually taken off to prevent a second yellow after diving into some rash challenges.
Newcastle buoyed by their goal ventured forward with rare counter attacks as city committed men forward in search of that final say in the matchup.
A Cristian Atsu shot deflecting off John Stones and flying inches wide was a highlight of one of those forays into the city half.
City’s frailties at the back were on more than one occasion exposed by the pacy Ghanaian winger.
With City somewhat in control, Newcastle’s Fabian Schar had his work cut out for him, clearing a certain David Silva goal off the line and executing a beautifully timed tackle to deny a lively Sergio Aguero.
All hell broke loose for the city as the referee pointed to the penalty spot following a needless foul on Sean Longstaff by Samba boy Fernandinho.
Matt Ritchie took the penalty with great aplomb ultimately condemning Manchester City to the unlikeliest of defeats as the Red side of Manchester Rallied, coming from two goals down to secure a point.
By: Kwamena Afful Cleland/Univers Sports/univernewsroom.com