City Down Newcastle To Go 15 Points Clear
English Premier League Report: Newcastle United v Manchester City 27 December 2017
English Premier League
Result: Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City
Date: 27 December 2017
Venue: St. James’ Park
Manchester City moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night.
Keeping City at bay was always going to be a daunting task for Rafa Benitez’s men — and six minutes in, they were already left with hearts in mouths. Fernandinho whipped a delightful cross in from the left and Sergio Agüero met it at the far post, striking the frame of the goal.
10 minutes in, Pep Guardiola made his first substitution as Vincent Kompany went off, seemingly injured. Perhaps smelling blood, the Spaniard opted to bring on Gabriel Jesus in his place.
Sure enough, City continued to attack. In the 17th minute, Agüero met a Kevin de Bruyne free-kick with his head and forced a fine reaction save from Rob Elliot. Newcastle were arguably lucky not to have had Jacob Murphy sent off for the foul on Ilkay Gündogan that led to the set piece.
Agüero rattled the bar for the second time in the 30th minute with a powerful strike from well outside the box. By this time, it seemed only a matter of time before City broke the deadlock.
Indeed, it took them only one more minute. Raheem Sterling passed the ball to de Bruyne before bursting into the box to receive a lovely dink from the Belgian aimed back at him. From there, he squeezed the ball inside the near post.
Newcastle nearly grabbed a shock equaliser three minutes later as a result of Kyle Walker’s failure to clear the ball from a cross. However, Nicolás Otamendi scrambled Rolando Aarons’ chip off the line.
City maintained their dominance after the half-time break, heaping pressure on the Magpies’ defence.
De Bruyne rattled the post from distance at the 65 minute mark and Agüero pounced on the ball, slotting it into the net. However, the goal was disallowed for offside.
In the 75th minute, Dwight Gayle went down in the box looking for a penalty off Danilo, but was instead correctly handed a yellow card for diving by referee Andre Marriner.
The hosts pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the last few minutes, but Guardiola’s side held on for a victory which they thoroughly deserved — equalling the record of 11 consecutive away top flight wins.