Manchester City edged past Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal as the title race intensifies.
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Pep Guardiola’s side were hungry and keen throughout as Phil Foden scored in the first half and Bernardo Silva jumped off the bench to add another in the second half.
Newcastle had great chances in both halves but Eddie Howe’s side have won just once in their last eight Premier League games, scoring just three goals.
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The win moves Man City up to 58 points while Newcastle stays on 41 points.
Goal-shy Newcastle being eaten up by hungry Man City
This game summed up where Newcastle and Manchester City are right now. Newcastle have run out of breath – and goals in particular – for an important part of the season, while Man City are just cranking up a few notches, as they love to do in the spring. Newcastle created great chances but Longstaff, Wilson and Joelinton failed to convert and have scored just three goals in their last eight PL games. That’s not enough if you want to qualify for Europe. Man City weren’t at their best but they started tackling and were full of energy when Phil Foden, fidgeting like an electric eel, summed up their desire. Pep Guardiola gushed about City’s mindset in midweek and said he loves what he’s seen of them in training. This team knows what to do at this stage of the season to get the wins it needs. Newcastle have yet to learn how to do that.
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Phil Foden: Scored a great goal and been at the center of everything the good city did.
Jack Grealish: On the other wing, he sliced inward and gave Dan Burn a hot outing.
Rodri: Great midfield performance because he always seemed to have time on the ball and won it back so many times.
Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday 11 March while Newcastle host Wolves the following day.
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FULL-TIME – Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle: In the end, an easy win for City. Newcastle had some great chances but they just couldn’t finish. City is now shifting through the gears.
It all starts when Erling Haaland and Dan Burn compete and players from both teams move up. It was all about Jack Grealish going down under a challenge from Burn. Everyone is smiling now that things are calming down a bit. Haaland and Burn booked. keep playing
GOALLLL! Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle – Directly off the bench and Bernardo Silva gives Manchester City a 2-0 lead just two minutes and 12 seconds after coming on. Brilliant finish after great play from Grealish and Haaland to set him up on the edge of the box. Just when it looked like Newcastle would equalize, City doubled their lead. The Etihad erupts chanting the name of Bernardo Silva. Just over 20 minutes and that should be it.
CHANCE! A great opportunity and it was one of the substitutes, Willock, who whipped up a delicious cross that Joelinton somehow failed to convert. Then Isak is denied by Ederson and Ake is clarified.
Triple Sub for Newcastle with Saint-Maximin, Isak and Willock for Gordon, Wilson and Longstaff.
If we sum up the second half so far in one word: scratchy. I’ll leave it at that.
The second half is on and Man City dominates possession. Newcastle struggle to string passes together.
HALFTIME – Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle: City dominated for much of the first half and looked great on the break, but Newcastle also had some great chances. Exciting second half ahead.
CHANCE! Great chance for Newcastle at the other end as Trippier’s ball comes in and Callum Wilson has a free kick six yards away but he knocks him off the foot and he can’t believe it. Newcastle missed a great chance to equalize.
CLOSE! Erling Haaland heads just wide after a nice game change from Kyle Walker to Kevin de Bruyne and he selected Haaland with an excellent cross. Haaland was only put off by Botman.
Bruno Guimaraes is injured on the ground and it looks like he could struggle with that ankle problem again. He is being treated and is still on the pitch. Newcastle have calmed down a bit now.
City now has that swagger about them as they continue to search far out for Foden and Grealish. These two cause a lot of trouble for Trippier and Burn. They were so dangerous on the counterattack.
On the other end, Nathan Ake hits Sean Longstaff with a big block. Everything goes on now.
TORL! Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle – What a Phil Foden goal. Incredible run inside and brilliant control when his deflected shot goes in. He’s in great shape. Nice bait run by Kevin de Bruyne to create the space too.
CHANCE! Anthony Gordon is brought on target but misses his shot at the crucial moment. Kyle Walker pressured him. Big chance for Newcastle to take the lead.
A couple of sloppy passes from Kevin de Bruyne early on (never thought I would type that) and Newcastle snapping into tackles, pushing up and making it very difficult for City to get going.
CLOSE! With just 56 seconds on the clock and City launch a brilliant counterattack as Grealish selects Gundogan perfectly but his header goes just over the bar.
BEGIN! We’re on our way as the announcer announces that City are the reigning Premier League champions. Just in case you need a reminder.
A big game to start at the Etihad this weekend when Man City host Newcastle! Can City catch up to just two points on Arsenal? Or will Newcastle bounce back from their League Cup final defeat with a big win? This is going to be exciting…
Major storylines and in-form players to watch
Erling Haaland continues to score while Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden all looked very sharp as they were rotated into the line-up in recent games. Defensively there are problems to be solved and with some key players absent through injury, Guardiola knows his side will give up a couple of great chances per game. Now it’s about being clinical on the other end, which isn’t usually a problem for City.
Newcastle have won once in their last seven Premier League games and are currently outside the top four. Eddie Howe’s side have been so focused on winning the League Cup that their Premier League form has waned, but they should getting back on track now and scoring more goals is their main goal. Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak are tasked with ennobling chances.
Manchester City team news, injuries, line-up
OUT: Benjamin Mendy (Suspension – MORE)
🔵 TEAM NEWS 🔵
XI | Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan (C), Foden, Grealish, Haaland
SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Laporte, Alvarez, Bernardo, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/DVUylaQqd1
– Manchester City (@ManCity) March 4, 2023
Newcastle team news, injuries, line-up
OUT: Emil Krafth (knee), Ryan Fraser (unknown), Fabian Schar (concussion)
HOW, NEWCASTLE! 👊#MCINEW pic.twitter.com/KVBh1PjlP6
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 4, 2023