Newcastle gun down Manchester City at St. James Park in brilliant fashion as a well converted penalty from Matt Richie put down the curtain for the night and leave City four points behind Liverpool who have a game in hand.
As much as we love to praise Matt Richie for his brilliant play during the match and most importantly, the winning goal, some quarters of fans mostly those of the Reds believe that they should be more grateful to Rafa Benitez.
A win for the Magpies under the Spanish gaffer has given his former side, Liverpool an advantage to make away with the league trophy – one they would be grateful for.
However this fixture should have been an easy win for City in retrospect. Infact, stats show Newcastle as favourite opposition for star striker, Aguero. As recent as the 2015 season, the Argentine put five past the magpies with four of them coming in the second half.
This match didn’t look like it was going to be any different either with the Argentine netting a goal just inside 24 seconds making it the fastest goal recorded in the league this season. Can we have a repeat of the 2015 fixture?
Newcastle just few minutes after gave away a set piece with Matt Richie the culprit. Kevin de Bruyne quickly whipped the ball in before Sergio Aguero redirected it into the net only for it to be disallowed. KDB didn’t wait to hear the whistle. Match referee, Paul Tierney wasn’t having any of it as he booked the Belgian.
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The Magpies surely had a busy day at the office with Fabian Schar needing to make a timely tackle to prevent Aguero from taking a shot at goal and also clearing a David Silva header off the line.
Christian Atsu was consistently on the heels of the Citizens as his lightning pace continuously gave Pep a bit of a headache with Newcastle beginning to fight their way back into the game. It paid off soon after when Salomon Rondon took a nice right footed shot bouncing just in front of Ederson and finding its way into the net.
Matt Ritchie then doubled the lead later on to down City and gut their title hopes. I get the sense of feeling that Rafa Benitez just handed Liverpool the trophy, as a win for the reds will make them leap seven points over second-placed Manchester City
Newcastle 2-1 Manchester City it ended