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Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
BBC Football Daily: Alan Shearer on Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Man City

Newcastle recovered from Sergio Aguero's controversial goal to earn a valuable draw with Manchester City.

Aguero was offside when he headed in Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick.

Vurnon Anita equalised with a low curling shot before Magpies keeper Karl Darlow excellently saved Jesus Navas and Kevin de Bruyne strikes.

City keeper Joe Hart saved from Georginio Wijnaldum late on to ensure Newcastle remain in the bottom three, just behind Sunderland and Norwich.

The England keeper's block denied the home side a winner which would have lifted them out of the relegation places.

Newcastle are now one point and a place behind Sunderland and two adrift of the Canaries, who lie just outside the drop zone.

Is Newcastle fight too late?

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Alan Shearer believes Newcastle would have been assured of survival had they appointed manager Rafael Benitez earlier and the Spaniard has certainly added some steel and discipline to the Magpies.

United had not beaten City in their last 18 league games, losing the last 12, although they did at least go into Tuesday's match of the back of a 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.

The home fans might have feared the worst when Aguero's goal was allowed to stand but their team responded with the type of character and commitment they have been lacking for much of the campaign.

Andros Townsend's work-rate and desire on the right set the example to his team-mates and the ovation he received when substituted showed how the Magpies faithful appreciated his efforts.

Centre-back Jamaal Lascelles, who recently criticised the "heart" of the Newcastle players, also stood out with his commanding performance.

Whether Benitez can now maintain his side's improvement and steer them to safety in their final four games - which are against Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham - remains to be seen.

Newcastle's goal started with Chancel Mbemba (18) and also involved Andros Townsend (25), Ayoze Perez (17), Moussa Sissoko (7) before Vurnon Anita (8) evaded an Aleksandar Kolarov (11) challenge to score
Newcastle's goal started with Mbemba (18) and also involved Townsend (25), Perez (17), Sissoko (7) before Anita (8) evaded a Kolarov (11) challenge to score

Did City have one eye on the Champions League semi-final?

Benitez was hoping the visitors would be distracted by the first leg of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid next Tuesday.

However, City have yet to secure a top-four spot to book a place in Europe's top competition next season and, while they were not at their best, they certainly applied plenty of pressure.

Aguero's goal made him the second fastest player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League, behind Shearer, and City's failure to build on that had plenty to do with the resolve of Newcastle.

The Argentine's goal was allowed to stand but such an error could be changed at 2018 World Cup in Russia with Fifa president Gianni Infantino hoping video referees will help officials with "game-changing" decisions at the tournament.

Sergio Aguero heads in for Manchester City at Newcastle
Sergio Aguero is the second fastest player to score 100 Premier League goals

Kompany rusty on his return

The visitors had the boost of having centre-back Vincent Kompany back after six games out with a calf injury, but he looked rusty on his return.

The Belgium international gave the ball away to Sissoko before Hart came to his rescue by rushing out to clear, while Kompany was also booked for a late challenge on the Newcastle midfielder.

"The hardest part of coming back from injury is getting back to the level of the Premier League," said Kompany. "The more games you play the better you will feel. Overall, it was a positive day."

Winger Raheem Sterling came on as a substitute to make his comeback after five games but could not inspire his side to a winner as they remain third.

Man of the match - Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez (left) and centre-back Jamaal Lascelles
Alan Shearer thought Lascelles "dominated" and was "brilliant" against Manchester City

'We have to keep believing'

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "The fans appreciate the effort of the players. Everybody is trying to do everything to stay up.

"Hopefully we have momentum, but we cannot have influence on other teams' games. We have to keep believing and hopefully win the next game.

"I said when I came that it is an intimidating place for other teams. That is what we are looking for and that is what we have."

Newcastle have more belief now - Rafael Benitez

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "I am happy. We started winning the game but we could not have the control after that. We knew that it was very tough.

"The officials have nothing to do with the result. I didn't see the team with the energy from Saturday, but we play after three days at the end of the season and it is not easy for the team to recover."

Manchester City 'just trying to add points' - Pellegrini

Pundit analysis

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer: "The one thing that stood out for me was the atmosphere. The crowd's reaction towards the players where they gave them a round of applause. There's a little bit of hope now when there wasn't a few weeks ago."

The stats you need to know

  • Newcastle United have won none of the last 19 Premier League meetings against Manchester City (D3 L16).
  • The Magpies have been beaten just once in their last seven league games at St James' Park (W3 D3).
  • Sergio Aguero has now scored 100 Premier League goals in just 147 appearances - only Alan Shearer (124 apps) reached this milestone in fewer games.
  • Aguero has scored more Premier League goals versus Newcastle than any other team (11).
  • Sergio Aguero is the first South American to score 100 goals in Premier League history.
  • Vurnon Anita scored his first Premier League goal since March 2014, ending a run of 53 games without one.

What next?

Manchester City host Stoke on Saturday (12:45 BST), prior to playing Real Madrid next Tuesday.

Newcastle's relegation battle takes them to play manager Rafael Benitez's former club Liverpool on Saturday (15:00).



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 8AnitaBooked at 43mins
  • 18Mbemba
  • 15Lascelles
  • 3Dummett
  • 24Tioté
  • 4Colback
  • 25TownsendSubstituted forWijnaldumat 81'minutes
  • 7SissokoBooked at 90mins
  • 17PérezBooked at 56minsSubstituted forAaronsat 90+2'minutes
  • 9CisséSubstituted forMitrovicat 55'minutes


  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 10de Jong
  • 12Shelvey
  • 16Aarons
  • 23Saivet
  • 41Woodman
  • 45Mitrovic

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4KompanyBooked at 67mins
  • 20MangalaBooked at 89mins
  • 11Kolarov
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forFernandinhoat 73'minutes
  • 6Reges
  • 15NavasSubstituted forBonyat 84'minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 18DelphSubstituted forSterlingat 68'minutes
  • 10Agüero


  • 7Sterling
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Demichelis
  • 30Otamendi
  • 72Iheanacho
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester City 1.

  3. Booking

    Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Rolando Aarons replaces Ayoze Pérez.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  12. Booking

    Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

  14. Post update

    Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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5Man Utd33168940301056
6West Ham331314654421253
14West Brom331010133140-940
16Crystal Palace34109153643-739
20Aston Villa3437242365-4216
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