Man City vs Newcastle highlights and reaction as Sterling, Laporte, Rodri and Foden send Blues ahead

Manchester City opened a three-point gap over Liverpool in the Premier League after finding their way to victory against Newcastle today.

City suffered a heartbreaking Champions League exit against Real Madrid on Wednesday but received a Premier League boost on Saturday when Liverpool could only draw with Tottenham. Liverpool were ahead of City in the table by a goal on goal difference, having played one game more, so City knew they could move three points ahead and try to improve their goal difference this post- noon.

Pep Guardiola was again without Kyle Walker and John Stones for this game. Walker limped off at Madrid and had an ice pack around his ankle, while Stones traveled but wasn’t fit enough to make the squad. Ruben Dias was substituted at half-time with an apparent injury.

On the pitch, however, City gave themselves a huge boost with a big win that gave them a three-point lead and a four-goal advantage on goal difference over Liverpool. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, before Aymeric Laporte headed home. Rodri scored a third after the break and two late, but the brilliance of a good result as Phil Foden and Sterling fired to make it five.

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Triple Wound Blow

It’s not good.

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Report: City overturn Liverpool’s goal advantage

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Pep: Everyone supports Liverpool

Guardiola with some catchy comments here about everyone in England wanting Liverpool to win the title.

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Guardiola proud of the players

Speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola said:

“Everything, exceptional and difficult long balls with Wood, Joelinton, the rhythm that they have. Perfect afternoon.

“What this team did, did you have any doubt [of their attitude]? I didn’t doubt it, absolutely not. We have matches every third game, sometimes action you can take out of a competition. Some doubt because they do not know this team yet. Neither win nor lose. How many years of being there every three days all the time. After ex-players talk about lack of character and personality. Not even play football, they don’t understand. One of the best groups I’ve ever coached in my life.”

“We had two difficult days, today we spoke for the first time, I said to have a perfect life in the perfect club. Our fans, when they are disappointed, do not behave as if they come here from day one in warm-ups and cheers They haven’t doubted us for many years Three points ahead, nine points to play, 4 goals clear on goal difference Another last Wednesday, another team from which we have suffered a lot in recent years since Nuno took over and now Bruno.”

On goal difference:

“We talk about it at half time. The important thing is to win, don’t play to score, play to play football. But when you have the chance to do so. They have a chance at 3-0, after having scored two goals. That’s a big difference.”

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Guardiola confirms Dias injury

And that doesn’t sound too good on Nathan Ake or Aymeric Laporte.

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The City’s Emotional Week Explained

Rodri and Jack Grealish spoke about City’s response to Real Madrid’s defeat.

Speaking to Sky, Rodri said:

“We show the personality we have after the defeat. Unbelievable for us, football is like that, we have to wake up. You have two titles to fight, you have to stay focused on the PL. We announce 1pt, now 3pt. We We have to keep thinking the same way. We lost in Madrid because football is like that. The personality we showed today after what happened was incredible.

“Emotional, it’s a vital victory. For us, the mood was not very high as you can see. Now we are lit from Friday, we wake up, we focus on the game. We We did an amazing job. That’s what champions do.”

Greish added:

“We knew it would be a pressure on us today, especially after what happened in the middle of the week. We have bounced back perfectly, stuck together as a team over the past few days, which was necessary. We have to try to finish strong season and we did that today.”

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Player ratings as De Bruyne are incredible

Ederson Pass of the game to Foden, then a good save from Wilson – 7

Joao Cancelo Ghostly presence at the far post every time City attacked – could have had three but settled for an assist for Sterling – 7

Ruben Dias Looked wide open at first but tightened it at a price as he was sent off at half time – 6

Aymeric Laporte A few mistakes early on, but made up for that with the vital second goal – 7

Oleks Zinchenko Great job on overlap and construction – has been great lately – 8

Read the full reviews here.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne controls the ball against Newcastle (Image: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista)

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Full time!

What a victory!

City are three points clear and have a superior goal difference to Liverpool. How things change in a few days.

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There is the fifth!!

It’s time!

Phil Foden does brilliantly, Jack Grealish has an assist and Raheem Sterling dispatches City in a five-goal win. It could be huge.

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Two minutes added

Time for another?

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Foden adds a fourth

Jack Grealish skins Keiran Tripper, feeds Aleks Zinchenko. The shot is not clean, but it is straight in the trajectory of Phil Foden, who deviates in fourth.

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Good defender Egan-Riley

CJ Egan-Riley’s first task is to hold Guimaraes close to his own goal and stay out of trouble.

His ball to Raheem Sterling tries to foul Matt Targett and the defender is cautioned.

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Laporte replaced

Another central defender leaves. Egan-Riley is sure, he can play full-back as well as right-back.

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CJ Egan-Riley arrives

The U23 captain will get another first-team outing in the knockout stages.

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Game management

The pace has slowed as City look to keep their three-goal lead intact. They have now scored more than Liverpool and have a better goal difference. Letting Newcastle back in there could have implications in the title race.

Callum Wilson comes out of nowhere in the one-on-one, but Ederson is vigilant to save well and hold that three-goal lead.

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Another change at Newcastle

Jacob Murphy replaces the ineffective Miguel Almiron.

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I messed up a bit

Everything has become a bit disjointed here, with fouls that have crept into the game. Kevin De Bruyne prevents Allan Saint-Maximin from escaping and accepts his yellow card.

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Newcastle players look beaten

The spirit is still there from the Newcastle fans, but their players seem to be very happy that this game is over now. City push forward in search of more goals and look more than capable of at least one more.

Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles vies with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (Photo: AFP/Getty)

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reserved burn

Lots of postures before a City corner which was delayed three times with various closes. Dan Burn receives a yellow card for bringing down Aymeric Laporte, but the ball was not in play so no penalty.

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Double change at Newcastle

Emil Krafth and Chris Wood are gone. Keiran Trippier and Callum Wilson return from injury and replace them.

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What savings!

Jack Grealish places the ball in the path of Aleks Zinchenko. The left-back steps into it, and it takes a brilliant save from Martin Dubravka to tip the bar.

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Look at Rodri’s head

He has been a goalscorer lately.

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Jesus replaced

It’s Gabriel Jesus who comes out, he didn’t stop running the whole match.

Foden is activated.

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Foden arrives

The last thing Newcastle will want to see.

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Rodri scores again!

De Bruyne with the corner, Rodri’s run to the near post is perfect, and he nods for another goal.

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Very wide for Newcastle

Allan Saint-Maximin uses his strength to create a shooting opportunity, but drags it wide.

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The city under control

Newcastle have been unable to get the ball from City so far in this half, meaning the defensive insecurities the home side displayed in the first half have yet to go away. manifested.

Both teams are still looking for a goal, only one of them has to manage without any ball.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne controls the ball against Newcastle (Image: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista)

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99 percent

Sky Sports have just shown a graph showing City had 99 per cent of possession in the first seven minutes of that second half. Wow.

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No chance taken

Fernandinho came on for Dias at half-time, and Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez all warmed up at the start of the second half. Guardiola clearly takes nothing to chance despite the scoreline.

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