Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the table as they produced one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the 19th minute before Aymeric Laporte doubled their advantage in the 38th minute. Rodri made it three in the 61st minute before Phil Foden scored the fourth in the 90th minute. Sterling rounded up the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time.
Man City: Ederson (7), Cancelo (8), Dias (7), Laporte (7), Zinchenko (8), Rodri (8), De Bruyne (9), Gundogan (8), Sterling (9), Jesus (7), Grealish (8).
Subs: Fernandinho (7), Foden (7), Egan-Riley (n/a).
Newcastle: Dubravka (4), Krafth (5), Lascelles (5), Burn (5), Targett (5), Longstaff (6), Joelinton (6), Guimaraes (6), Almiron (5), Wood (5), Saint-Maximin (6).
Subs: Wilson (5), Trippier (6), Murphy (6).
Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “Just before the start of the game, I felt the crowd were disappointed but not grumpy and upset about who we are as a team. Three more points and three left, one competition to play. Our destiny is in our hands, win our games and we will be there. We have just three defenders for these three games, but we will try to do it. Otherwise, I will have to play CJ [Egan-Riley] or Luke Mbete, but in this situation, it is not a problem. If Rodri has to play [at center-back he will]. We have the academy. We have 13 players plus the academy. It is what it is.”
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe: “Manchester City can do that to anyone, they are that good. I thought the crowd was very good for them, it was a very good atmosphere. We lost a runner for the first goal and we concede from two set-plays. When you consider all the ways they can score that is a no-no. Whenever you come here, you know you are going to concede chances. We had the first big chance of the game, unfortunately, we did not take it.”
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