Man City continue resurgence with yet another win over Newcastle

Date published: Saturday 26th December 2020 9:51

Manchester City moved up to fifth in the table by extending their outstanding run of results against Newcastle with a 2-0 win.

City went into the game having won their last 11 meetings with Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League. It was a fairly comfortable night for them as they extended that run to 12.

City did not make a lightning fast start to the game, but broke through Newcastle in the 14th minute to get ahead with their first chance of the game.

Raheem Sterling did well to keep the ball away from a couple of defenders in the box, before putting it on a plate for Ilkay Gundogan. The midfielder finished first time to open the scoring.

City nearly doubled their lead soon after when Karl Darlow had to tip over a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

Their next chance came when Ferran Torres raced through the Newcastle lines, but his shot was weak.

Torres makes it two

Torres was able to double the lead in the second half, though. Joao Cancelo dispossessed Miguel Almiron on the corner of the box, before sending the ball infield.

Federico Fernandez could not clear his lines, leaving Torres with a relatively simple finish.

Newcastle just about survived another scare when Cancelo created again. The ball deflected off Sterling and into the path of Bernardo Silva, who could only hit the post.

It was then up to Darlow to come to the rescue as he somehow kept out an effort from Sergio Aguero, on for Torres as a substitute, from close range.

The damage had already been done, though, and City held on to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games. After an indifferent start to the season, they have now risen to their highest position in the table so far this term – keeping five clean sheets in the six league games since their last defeat.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are without a win in their last four games – and face the daunting task of hosting champions Liverpool next.

 

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