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

Manchester City have opened up a three point gap over Liverpool in the Premier League after returning to winning ways against Newcastle today.

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

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

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

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City’s emotional week explained

Rodri and Jack Grealish have spoken about the City response to the Real Madrid defeat.

Speaking to Sky, Rodri said:

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

“Emotional, it’s a vital win. For us, the mood wasn’t very high as you can see. Now we’re switched on from Friday, we wake up, focus on the game. We’ve done unbelievable work. That’s what champions do.”

Grealish added:

“We knew it would be pressure on us today, especially after what happened in midweek. We bounced back perfectly, stuck together as a team in the last few days which was needed. We need to try to end the season strongly and we’ve done that today.”

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Player Ratings as De Bruyne incredible

Ederson Produced pass of the match to Foden, and then a fine save from Wilson – 7

Joao Cancelo Ghostly presence at the far post whenever City attacked – might have had three but was content with an assist for Sterling – 7

Ruben Dias Looked wide open in the early stages but tightened it up at a cost as he was forced off at half-time – 6

Aymeric Laporte Couple of early lapses but he made up for that with the vital second goal – 7

Oleks Zinchenko Some great work on the overlap and in the build-up – has been excellent recently – 8

Read the full ratings here.

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

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Manchester City5

Newcastle0

Premier League, Sunday 8th, 2022

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Full time!

What a win!

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

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There’s the fifth!!

There is time!

Phil Foden does brilliantly, Jack Grealish has an assist, and Raheem Sterling fires City into a five-goal win. That 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 isn’t clean, but it’s straight into the path of Phil Foden, who diverts in a fourth.

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Good defending Egan-Riley

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

His ball to Raheem Sterling tempts the foul from Matt Targett and the defender is booked.

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Laporte replaced

Another centre-back goes off. Egan-Riley is on, he can play at the back as well as right-back.

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CJ Egan-Riley coming on

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

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game management

The tempo has slowed right down as City look to keep their three-goal lead intact. They’ve now scored more than Liverpool and have a better goal difference. Letting Newcastle back into this could have title race implications.

Callum Wilson gets one-on-one out of nowhere, but Ederson is alert to save well and keep that lead at three goals.

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Another Newcastle changes

Jacob Murphy replaces the ineffective Miguel Almiron.

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Got a bit scrappy

It’s all gone a little scrappy here, with fouls creeping into the play. Kevin De Bruyne stops Allan Saint-Maximin from breaking away 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 look like they would be quite happy for this match to end now. City are streaming forward looking for more goals, and look like they are more than capable of at least one more.

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

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Burn booked

Lots of posturing ahead of a City corner that’s delayed three times with various coming together. Dan Burn gets a booking for bringing down Aymeric Laporte, but the ball wasn’t in play so no penalty.

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Double Newcastle changes

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

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What a save!

Jack Grealish lays the ball into the path of Aleks Zinchenko. The left-back puts his foot through it, and it takes a brilliant Martin Dubravka save to tip over the bar.

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Watch Rodri’s header

He’s turned into a goalscorer of late.

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Jesus replaced

It’s Gabriel Jesus to come off, he’s not stopped running all game.

Foden is on.

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Foden coming on

The last thing Newcastle will want to see.

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Rodri scores again!

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

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Well wide for Newcastle

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

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City in control

Newcastle haven’t been able to get the ball of City so far in this half, meaning the defensive uncertainties that the home side showed in the first half haven’t yet been on show.

Both teams are still looking for a goal, just one of them is having to make do without any of the ball.

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

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99 percent

Sky Sports have just shown a graphic that City have had 99 per cent of the possession in the opening seven minutes of this second half. wow.

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No chances taken

Fernandinho on for Dias at half-time, and Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez are all warming up as the second half begins. Guardiola clearly taking nothing to chance despite the scoreline.

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Nearly a third

First Gabriel Jesus twists and turns but can’t cut it back to Kevin De Bruyne, then Raheem Sterlnig twists and turns and his cross is deflected just wide. Could have gone anywhere.

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Back underway

Fernandinho slots in at the back and we’re underway again.

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City changes at half time

Ruben Dias looked to tweak something just before the break. He’s off and Fernandinho is coming on.

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Watch Laporte’s goal

Like a poacher.

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Half-time ratings

Ederson – No saves to make 6

Cancelo – Clever assist, two chances 7

Slides – Gone missing twice 5

The door – Replaying added time in Madrid, but good finish 7

Zinchenko – Two great overlaps 7

Rodri – Little too conservative 6

Gundogan – Created goal superbly 8

De Bruyne – Quite magnificent at times 9

Sterling – Threatening – and notched 8

Jesus – Doing the hardest job well 7

Grealish – Causing plenty of problems 7

Aymeric Laporte scores Manchester City’s second goal against Newcastle (Image: Offside via Getty)

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