A vital win for the Magpies and Rafael Benitez as the Newcastle gaffer delivered a lifeline to his former club Liverpool. Manchester City firmly surrendered their Premier League Title to Liverpool after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle on Tuesday.
Manchester City were the favourites and the better side to keep on piling pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s team. But as it stands now the Citizens might be in contention for a second place spot. Manchester City are now four points behind the League leaders Liverpool and the latter still have a game in hand.
The noisy neighbours two defensive mishaps cost them their chance of winning the title for the second time in a row. Sergio Aguero gave the Champions an early edge. The Argentinian got the ball into the back of the net after only 24 seconds of the encounter at St James Park. But that wasn’t enough for Guardiola’s side to overcome the striving Newcastle side.
Moreover, Manchester City could have sealed a victory in the early stages of the encounter but Aguero’s second strike was disallowed.
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The home fans proved to be the 12 men when they rallied behind their team in the 66th minute. Isaac Hayden delivered a brilliant cross connecting with Salomon Rondon powerful header from 12 yards out.
The encounter turned sour for Manchester City in the 78th minute when the home side was awarded a penalty after Fernandinho fouled Sean Longstaff in the penalty area.
However, Newcastle Matt Ritchie waited for at least two minutes for the visitors’ goalkeeper Ederson to receive treatment. Thereafter Matt Ritchie fired a powerful penalty and landed the Newcastle side on the driving seat.
The Champions will be looking forward to grabbing all the three points as they face Unai Emery’s Arsenal on Saturday. Elsewhere their neighbours Manchester United salvaged a 2-2 draw against Burnley. And they are now two points behind Arsenal in the race for top four.