On Saturday night, Newcastle lost out to run away league leaders Manchester City by three goals to one in a one-sided affair.
Newcastle had the first opportunity two minutes in when Christian Atsu crossed along the box but the header was cleared away. 15 minutes later Man City had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed for offside, Raheem Sterling got on the end of a low cross and poked it past Karl Darlow but the flag had been raised. A few minutes later; Sterling tried his luck again but it was a routine save for Darlow. But with 10 minutes until halftime, Man City broke the deadlock. Kevin De Bruyne played in a powerful cross which Sergio Aguero just got a hair on. Darlow pulled out another good save when De Bruyne shot from range.
With around 30 minutes to go, Man City got a penalty when Sterling went down in the box (a very soft penalty in my opinion) which Aguero dispatched with ease. Newcastle were handed a lifeline, Jacob Murphy ran clear on goal and chipped the ball past Ederson. A smaller mountain to climb, but still a mountain. On 75 minutes, Aguero shot from a very tight angle but Darlow had his angles covered. Mo Diame tried his luck after surging into the box and blasting a shot at Ederson. Man City weren’t showing any signs of letting up when Aguero laid off to De Bruyne who just shot wide. Then the final nail in the coffin came when Leroy Sane beat four players with ease and passed to Aguero who tucked it away. Final score: 3-1 to the home side.
There’s often not many positives from a 3-1 loss but the main positive is that Newcastle’s goal difference is somewhat intact. Many teams have came to the Etihad and lost by 4/5 goals so losing by 2 goals isn’t the end of the world.
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