Newcastle 2 – Manchester City 1
Newcastle stunned the Premier League on Tuesday night by beating Man City 2-1 at St James’ Park.
Few would have predicted a Newcastle win after Sergio Aguero fired Man City ahead after just 24 seconds.
Matt Ritchie stepped up as the second half hero for the Toon as he dispatched a penalty past Ederson.
Previously, Salomon Rondon drew the Magpies level with a clinical finish in the 66th minute.
Liverpool’s massive bonus
Man City’s defeat left the Sky Blues four points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
Liverpool can extend that lead to seven points with a win over Leicester City at Anfield tonight.
If that happens, will Man City be able to stop Liverpool winning the title?
Kevin De Bruyne’s listening problem vs Newcastle
When Man City analyse the Newcastle match, one incident will surely stick out for the Sky Blues.
In the 16th minute Aguero had the ball in the Newcastle net for second time following a free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne.
However, not only was Aguero’s second goal was chalked off by referee Paul Tierney. But to add insult to injury, referee Tierney also booked De Bruyne.
So what happened?
The problem for De Bruyne is that ref Tierney seemed to indicate that the Belgian had to wait for the whistle before taking the set-play.
Did De Bruyne wait for the ref’s whistle? No, he didn’t.
As a result De Bruyne was booked for failed to heed the referee’s instructions.
But was the Man City star unfairly punished for his quick-thinking?
Should Kevin De Bruyne have been sent off vs Newcastle?
It’s difficult to understand how De Bruyne wasn’t sent off.
The Belgian was subbed out the match in the 65th minute for Bernardo Silva.
Pep Guardiola appeared to sub out De Bruyne in fear his midfielder would soon be sent off following a bad tackle on Ritchie.
De Bruyne’s foul on Ritchie was worthy of a booking. It was mistimed and late.
In a lucky turn for City, ref Tierney decided to keep his yellow card in his pocket on this occasion.
That’s saved De Bruyne from serving a one-match suspension.