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Manchester City vs Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Stuart Attwell
8th May 2022 4:30 PM (BST)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘19' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘38' Aymeric Laporte
    • ‘61' Rodri
    • ‘90' Phil Foden
    • ‘90'+3' Raheem Sterling
  • 0 Newcastle United


Commentary By George Kelsey


An important three points 👏

That's everything from me following a five-star performance here at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's men mounted the perfect response to Wednesday's Champions League heartbreak, putting an in-form Newcastle side to the sword with goals from Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, Phil Foden and a Raheem Sterling brace.

As the boss mentioned, it's onto another 'final' away to Wolves on Wednesday as we aim to maintain our three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Until then, you can check out the best stats and reaction to our Newcastle victory below as well as over on and the official Man City app.


Guardiola on Sterling performance 💬

"Always I am happy with his response. Of course he is not happy when he doesn't play. That’s normal.

"What he has done in our time together with the numbers and stats is amazing."


Guardiola on defensive options 💬

"Ruben (Dias), Kyle (Walker) and John (Stones) are out until the end of the season. Next season they will be ready.

"In this situation it is not a problem. If Rodri has to play in that position it is not a problem, or if it’s someone from the academy.

"We have 13 players available for these players, even with the academy. When we do that everyone has to do more.

"It is not a problem. That’s what we did second half. Fernandinho played good against (Callum) Wilson. That’s what we have to do."


Guardiola on importance of home crowd 💬

"Sometimes I say to the players you have to play good to lift the fans to let the opponent know here is not a nice place to come.

"Today we didn’t need to do that. That means, because the people are not stupid, they know these guys do it every three days for five years like today.

"They deserve it. They are one of the best groups I have ever had in my life as a manager, even as a player.

"It is an important thee points after Liverpool and Tottenham, but anything can happen in football.

"If it can happen in 56 seconds in Madrid it can happen in three games."


Guardiola on response to Madrid defeat 💬

"Did you have any doubts? I am very pleased. (It was a) perfect afternoon.

"Before the start of the game I felt in our crowd that they were disappointed but not sad about who we are as a team and what we have done in the last five years every three days.

"Three more points. Three games left and one competition to play and big problems behind because we have just three defenders for these three games.

"We are going to try and do it. Now after what happened with Liverpool and with us today, Wednesday became a final.

"It is an absolute final and I am pretty sure we will prepare well to beat them."


Newcastle manager Eddie Howe on Joao Cancelo 🗣

"He’s one of the best full-backs in the world, playing in one of the best teams in the world.

"City are always interchanging and giving you problems in different areas, that happened all game and it’s why they are what they are.

"First half we struggled in the wide areas, but I’m reluctant to be too hard on my team at the moment."


We're in the driving seat 🗣

Jack Grealish insists we can't lose focus as this season's Premier League finale approaches...

"We just have to go out there and win every game ourselves.

"We’re in the driving seat, we can’t look at whats going on around us. 

"We just have to go and win every game.

"Fingers crossed, we have to go back and work hard as we have another huge game on Wednesday."


Newcastle boss Eddie Howe reaction 🗣

"City can do that to anybody, they're that good.

"The crowd were very good for them as well, it was a good atmosphere. 

"Individually we didn't get the details right today, conceded from two set plays which, when you think of all the ways they can score against you, that's a no-go.

"There's a huge gap between us and City or Liverpool, but I'd say there's the same gap between most clubs in the Premier League."


Rodrigo speaking to Sky Sports 🗣

"We showed the personality we have. It was incredible for us.

"Football is like this, you have to wake up. You have to stay focused on the Premier League.

"Now we are three points clear, but we’re still in the fight.

"The personalty we showed today is unbelievable. After what happened it was incredible."


Jack Grealish speaking to Sky Sports 🗣

"We always knew there was going to be pressure on us, especially after midweek (against Real Madrid). We bounced back perfectly.

"We stuck together as a unit which was needed. Now we need to try and end the season strongly.

"The main thing was going out there and getting the win.

"We played against a good Newcastle team who have been brilliant especially since January.

"Today was the perfect response and perfect performance."



The result we needed 🗣

Shaun Goater is providing his post-match thoughts over on Matchday Live 🎤 

"The confidence was always there, but this was the result and performance that we needed.

"It was a great display, a lot of goals, a lot of action.

"They’ll look around at each other and think ‘yep, we can take this over the line now’."


Steve Howey reaction 🗣

"Five might have been harsh on Newcastle, but that's why City are top of the league if you give them chances.

"Even when the game's won, they never stop going."



And Sterling's goal is the last act of a convincing City display.

The winger's brace, plus further goals from Laporte, Rodrigo and Foden mean we now hold a three-point advantage at the Premier League summit.

A brilliant afternoon's work 👏... stay tuned for plenty of post-match reaction and statistics!



Sterling's second, and it's the pick of the bunch!

Brilliant linkup between Grealish and Foden once again, as they carve open the Newcastle defence with a sumptuous one-two.

Grealish composes himself and knocks the ball into the path of Sterling who rifles home.



Foden fires home City's fourth!

It's all about Grealish in the build-up, as the winger races clear of Trippier down the left before cutting back to Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian fires towards goal, but his effort is latched onto by Foden, who guides home expertly.


Mature defending

Great defending from Egan-Riley, who brings the ball away from danger on his Premier League debut.

Newcastle had been camped on the edge of the City box for around 30 seconds, but diligent defensive work from Guardiola's men made sure they never had a proper sight of goal.



It looked like Foden was going to be presented with a clear sight of goal as Sterling's cutback finds the midfielder alone in the box.

But a fine recovering challenge from Lascelles is enough to put him off, and the ball trickles behind for a goal-kick.



A brilliant stop from Ederson to deny Wilson.

It's a neat one-two between the English forward and fellow substitute Murphy, allowing Newcastle's number nine to race in behind.

But our stopper is off his line in a flash to make the all-important block.


The pressure continues...

More incisive play from City between the lines, with Grealish finding Gundogan on the edge of the box.

The ball eventually falls to Cancelo, but his long-range effort is blocked.

Guardiola's men aren't letting up!


Captain fantastic

A brilliant recovering challenge from Fernandinho preserves the clean sheet!

Almiron had stolen possession in a dangerous area but before a Newcastle man can get his head on the cross our captain is there to head away the danger.


Burn in the book

Dan Burn is cautioned by Stuart Atwell after consistently manhandling Laporte as City prepare to take a corner.

It's understandable given our threat from set-pieces, but the referee deems the Newcastle defender's attempts to thwart Laporte a little too rough...


Great save

A brilliant reaction save from Dubravka to thwart Zinchenko!

The defender races onto Grealish's cutback and rifles a vicious effort towards goal from a tight angle, which is tipped over by the Newcastle stopper.



Grealish floats a dangerous ball into the box from the left which is headed up into the air by Burn.

Sterling puts Dubravka under pressure on his line and the goalkeeper flaps at the cross, but Newcastle manage to scramble it away.

A brilliant reaction from City after going three ahead.



It's not quite as spectacular as the usual Rodrigo vintage, but he won't care!

De Bruyne whips a vicious corner in at the near-post, and the Spaniard steals a yard on Longstaff and Joelinton to head home.

Daylight for City.


Saint-Maximin effort

Saint-Maximin does brilliantly to work the ball onto his right foot after being played in over the top by Bruno Guimaraes, but scuffs his effort wide of Ederson's near post.

Newcastle have seen very little of the ball in this second 45, but have looked a threat on the counter when they do gain possession.


High and wide

Bruno Guimaraes, who has been one of the visitors' best players, gets an ironic cheer from the City fans after blazing a long-range effort high and wide of the goal.

He holds his hands up to his teammates in apology after wasting possession in a decent area.


Defending in numbers

Grealish scampers away from Krafth and cuts back to Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian is crowded out before he can pull the trigger.

City are getting into good positions but the visitors are getting bodies behind the ball to frustrate us at every turn.

Allan Saint-Maximin wins a free-kick deep in the Newcastle half, allowing Dubravka to launch the ball forward.


Foul on Jesus

The ball is lumped into the City box from a free-kick, but play is stopped when Longstaff bundles into the back of Gabriel Jesus.

A chance for City to get our foot on the ball in these early stages of the second half.


Causing a Ster

Close from City in the early stages, as Sterling's deflected cross floats just wide of the far post.

The winger skipped away from Targett with an incredible turn of pace, and the Newcastle defender was lucky not to divert the ball into his own net as he tried to recover.


Steve Howey's half-time assessment 🗣

"It was only a matter of time until City broke them down.

"After the first goal, they’re getting a good few chances.

"There’s balls being crossed across the six yard box with players just millimetres from being on the end of them.

"If City continue this in the second half, it will be four or five."



A strong showing from City in the first half, with goals from Sterling and Laporte handing us a healthy advantage.

Same again in the second half, lads!


Slide rule

Two minutes of added time announced as City go close to a third.

Cancelo clips a delightful low ball across the face of goal which Jesus flings himself at, but the forward can't quite make contact.


Calming things down

Guardiola gives the universal 'calm down' signal from the touchline as Dubravka claims Zinchenko's cross on the City counter.

The chance stemmed from another brilliant run by De Bruyne, who slalomed his way through three Newcastle challenges before feeding the Ukrainian down the left.

The hosts are in control heading towards the break.



Laporte doubles our lead!

De Bruyne's corner finds Gundogan on the edge of the box, and his volley is too hot to handle for Dubravka.

Dias is in on the rebound and, before the Newcastle goalkeeper can recover, Laporte smashes home from close-range.

An important cushion for City ahead of half-time!


Close to a second

What a goal that would've been.

It's brilliant from Zinchenko, who dummies over the ball before latching on to De Bruyne's pass in behind the Newcastle defence.

The Ukrainian cuts back into the path of Gabriel Jesus, but the forward can't quite reach the cross to guide it home.


Bruno in the book

Yep, Bruno Guimaraes goes in the book for that challenge on Grealish. He can have no complaints looking at the replays.

Meanwhile, another brilliant De Bruyne ball finds Gabriel Jesus inside the area, but Krafth gets back just in time to clear.



Great effort from Gundogan, who knocks the ball out of his feet before rifling towards goal from 25 yards.

The strike whistles just wide of the post but had Dubravka scrambling...


Late challenge

Bruno Guimaraes clatters into Jack Grealish out on the left flank.

Referee Stuart Atwell plays the advantage, but you'd expect him to come back and book the Newcastle midfielder for that one...


Smart save

Great reactions from Dubravka at his near-post as Cancelo tries to sneak one in from Sterling's ball in behind.

The subsequent corner is headed clear by Joelinton.


Disallowed goal

Chris Wood thinks he's poked home the equaliser for the visitors, but the flag goes up for offside in the build-up.

The forward headed the ball down into the knee of Bruno Guimaraes, who was clearly offside.

A let off for City nonetheless.


Delightful De Bruyne

City are really hitting our groove now with De Bruyne once again at the centre of our attacking play.

This time he looks to curl a ball into the onrushing Gabriel Jesus, but Dubravka is alert to the danger.

A rendition of "stand up for the Champions" rings around the Etihad Stadium. The fans are pleased with what they've seen so far!



Sterling breaks the deadlock!

It's a brilliantly worked move from Pep Guardiola's men, with De Bruyne's cross headed back across goal by Cancelo into a promising position.

Sterling steals in behind Burn to meet the Portuguese's cutback and heads home his 11th Premier League goal of the season.




WOW - another big chance for City!

It's a brilliant ball over from De Bruyne after patient work down the left, with the Belgian's cross finding an unmarked Cancelo at the far post.

The defender meets the ball perfectly, but blazes wide of the near post!



So close from Laporte!

The defender wriggles free at a corner and meets De Bruyne's corner on the full, but his volley sails over the bar.


Newcastle threat

Big chance for the Magpies!

It looked like things were opening up nicely for the visitors just then as they broke down the right, with Joelinton in acres of space inside the area.

Saint-Maximin couldn't find the midfielder, but the ball is recycled and eventually leads to Wood heading towards the goal.

But the forward's header from a promising position is tame, and Ederson can comfortably collect.


Just wide

A first effort on goal from City as De Bruyne tries his luck from the free-kick.

But the Belgian's effort whistles wide of the near-post, and Newcastle can launch the ball forward from the goal-kick.


Causing a Ster

De Bruyne attacks the space in front of him before threading a ball through to Sterling.

The winger looks to cut inside Burn, but the defender does just enough to divert the ball back to Dubravka.

City still on top, with Grealish winning a free-kick right on the edge of the Newcastle box...


Strong start

Promising start from City as Raheem Sterling causes some trouble down the right.

The visitors are yet to venture out of their own half with the ball so far, with Pep Guardiola's men patiently stroking the ball around the pitch.


Here we go!

The teams make their way out at the Etihad Stadium to a brilliant reception.

The sun is blazing down onto the pitch while Blue Moon rings out around the terraces.

The perfect setting for an afternoon of football...


Given on Newcastle 🗣

Former City and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is down at pitchside and has looked ahead to today's game...

"Newcastle have got exciting players in forward positions. They’ll look to be solid and hit on the counter attack.

"Allan Saint-Maximin is a box of tricks. On his day and on his game it’s very difficult to defend against him.

"Joelinton has turned his career around at the club and they’ll cause problems at set-pieces."


Team talk 🗣

The players make their way back down the tunnel following the warm-ups for some final words of wisdom from Pep Guardiola.

A reminder that a win today would move City three points clear at the top of the Premier League table with as many matches left to play.


"The League is what you're judged on" 🗣

Andy Morrison is providing commentary of today's match with Alistair Mann over on the Man City app.

He believes our clash with Newcastle should be seen as an opportunity to bounce back from Wednesday's Champions League exit.

"I think it’s a massive bonus that we have a game so quick to put the Real Madrid defeat to bed.

"To win the Premier League is an incredible achievement and it's done over 38 games, that's what you’re judged on.

"To potentially win four titles in five years is phenomenal. We’ve got to be positive.

"Nothing has changed (after Liverpool's draw with Tottenham) - we need to win all of our games.

"Of course the two points dropped changes the dynamic slightly, but we still need to win every game."


Warm-ups 💪

Both sets of players are out limbering up, with Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden showing off their incredible first touches with some long passes across the pitch.

The starting XI are stretching out in a circle over on the far side of the pitch, while Ederson and Zack Steffen test out their reflexes against some shots from goalkeeper coach Xabier Mancisidor.

Kick-off in 30 minutes  🙌 


Nedum Onuoha on Newcastle set-up 📋

"I imagine Newcastle will be quite defensive, but they do have ball carriers like Saint-Maximin who can take it up when under pressure for a bit of a threat in behind.

"You’re not going to outplay City, but you do also need to make sure you don’t give the game away so I imagine they’ll come here and try to be solid.

"They’ve had that success recently, but it hasn’t necessarily come because they’ve had 60/70% possession in games.

"They’ll fight hard for each other, understand it’s probably not going to be their ball for 90 minutes but the mentality is there that it’s over their dead bodies that the ball goes into their goal."


Excitement building 🙌

Ederson, Zack Steffen and Scott Carson are out doing their pre-match warm-ups, stretching out over on the far side of the pitch in preparation.

Their Newcastle counterparts Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow meanwhile are practicing their distribution with some long-range kicks into the City half.


Pace out wide⚡️

Matchday Live guest Shaun Goater is backing Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish to make an impact this afternoon

"This team's got good pace and quality in wide positions.

"I think Sterling will be looking to get on the scoresheet. Grealish made a brilliant impact in midweek, again, he is starting to fit more and more into our way of playing.

"I’m really excited to see those two."

Don't forget, you can send a question to Shaun Goater or Steve Howey on WhatsApp: +447537186538.


"A very, very strong team"

Matchday Live special guest Steve Howey is delighted with the side that Pep Guardiola has opted for.

"It’s a very, very strong team. If you’re a Newcastle player and you’re looking at that team, you’re thinking the same.

"City have to bounce back, it was a bitter pill to swallow (against Real Madrid). But we have to dust that off and get back to your bread and butter.

"If that starting XI apply themselves properly then it should be a comfortable win."


Team news

City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), De Bruyne, Grealish, Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer


Nedum Onuoha on Newcastle 🗣

The former City defender says Eddie Howe has made a huge impact at the Magpies since being appointed manager in November.

"Eddie Howe has brought a sense of belief among the Newcastle players.

"They understand each other more as people so it’s not really a case of going to work anymore, they’re enjoying taking on those challenges together. I think they needed that at Newcastle.

"The ownership’s changed, the player group has changed a bit and the expectation has changed. There’s a manager there who is trying to bring everyone on board, try and make it feel more like a family situation and you’re hearing that from lots of people on and off the pitch over there.

"When you have that sort of environment it does become easier to play and then those players can show their qualities."


Head to head

The pre-game stats bode well for City...

 🔷 We've lost just one of our last 28 league games against Newcastle (W23 D4), with that defeat coming at St James’ Park in January 2019.

 🔷 The Magpies have never won a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L14), losing each of their last 12 visits to the stadium. Their last away win against Manchester City was at Maine Road in September 2000, with Alan Shearer scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory.

🔷 City have scored at least once in each of their last 26 Premier League games against Newcastle, the joint-longest run of one team scoring against another in the competition’s history (Arsenal v West Brom and Man Utd v Leicester also 26).


Grealish previews Newcastle 🗣

Jack Grealish says our Champions League defeat to Real Madrid has only served to make the players even more motivated to try and retain the Premier League title. 

Ahead of Newcastle's visit, he said: “We put that pressure on ourselves to constantly win trophies and the Club as a whole has done that over the last ten years especially. 

"Here at City, one thing that I have realised is you have so many games that come thick and fast, so many important games

“So, you don’t really have time to dwell on things. We just have to dust ourselves down and get back together as a unit which we have done in the last few days and get ready to go again.

“We have four important games coming up and we will give it our all in all of those games.

“Fingers crossed, we can end up lifting that (title) because the game the other night certainly gives us more of an edge to go and do that.”


Form Guide 📈

Two of the Premier League's in-form sides meet this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's men come into the game having lost just two of our last 16 matches across all competitions, while our Premier League record currently stands at just one defeat since the turn of the year.

After winning their previous four matches, Newcastle lost narrowly to Liverpool last weekend, but ten of their eleven league wins this season have come in 2022.

Something has to give this afternoon...


Get involved 📱

How are you feeling ahead of today's game?

Confident we can get the win? Expecting a tough test of our credentials? Let us know by using #ManCity.

Alternatively, you can ask our Matchday Live guests Shaun Goater and Steve Howey a question by sending a WhatsApp to: +447537186538.


Matchday Live

Our live matchday show - which is available on all official digital platforms - gets under way one hour ahead of kick-off, with Steve Howey and Shaun Goater in the studio for our clash with Newcastle.

The duo were synonymous with our rise back up the leagues in the early 2000s, and will offer their expert insight before, during and after the action.

Beyond the usual analysis, there'll also be plenty of time for some interesting and often hilarious anecdotes along the way!


City v Newcastle


Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League game against Newcastle United.

Pep Guardiola's men will be looking to bounce back from our heart-breaking Champions League exit with victory over the Magpies and have the added incentive of being able to move three points clear at the top of the table after Liverpool's draw with Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

But with four wins from their last five matches, the visitors aren't at the Etihad to simply make up the numbers...

Kick-off is at 16:30 (UK) and you can follow all the action right here. COME ON, CITY 💙 

Other games that day

  • Arsenal2
    Leeds United1
  • Norwich City0
    West Ham United4
  • Leicester City1
  • Aston Villa0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 35 +64 83
3 Chelsea 35 +39 67
4 Arsenal 35 +14 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +20 62
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 36 +11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 +1 50
9 Brighton and Hove Albion 36 -4 47
10 Crystal Palace 35 +4 44
11 Aston Villa 34 0 43
12 Brentford 36 -8 43
13 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
14 Leicester City 34 -7 42
15 Southampton 36 -20 40
16 Everton 34 -19 35
17 Burnley 35 -17 34
18 Leeds United 35 -35 34
19 Watford 35 -38 22
20 Norwich City 35 -53 21
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