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Manchester City ensured that they will be top of the league at Christmas after they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. City and Dias were gifted the first goal after a miscommunication between Ciaran Clark and Martin Dubravka. Joao Cancelo and Riyadh Mahrez scored for the league leaders in the 27th minute and 63rd minute before Raheem Sterling secured the three points in the 86th minute.

Player Ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Clark (4), Lascelles (5), Ritchie (6), Murphy (6), Hayden (6), Willock (6), Joelinton (7), Fraser (6), Almiron (6), Wilson (6)
Subs used: Saint-Maximin (6), Longstaff (6)

Man City: Ederson (7), Cancelo (9), Dias (8), Laporte (8), Zinchenko (7), De Bruyne (7), Rodri (7), Silva (8), Mahrez (7), Sterling (7), Jesus (7)
Subs used: Palmer (6), Fernandinho (6)

Man of the match: Joao Cancelo

Managers Reaction

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “We shot ourselves in the foot. It was a big frustration. If there’s one team in world football you don’t want to chase the game against it’s Manchester City and to do it so early made our task doubly difficult. I thought the rest of the first half, bar their second goal, was a really disciplined performance.”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “It was a good result but not a good performance. The first half was one of the poorest we have had this season. We were not there. We didn’t play in the rhythm we should play. Everyone gave more touches and lost the ball. We were lucky to score in the first few minutes. It was a misunderstanding from the Newcastle defenders and the second goal is a brilliant action from Cancelo – that made the difference.”

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