Newcastle dent Man City’s title hopes

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Salomon Rondon of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 29, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a massive blow after a 2-1 defeat to struggling Newcastle United.

The result means City would still be four points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool, who now have a game in hand.

The reigning Champions scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season – when Sergio Aguero pounced on David Silva’s header back across goal to finish from close range within 24 seconds.

It was the Argentine’s 15th goal in 13 Premier League appearances against Newcastle and his 17th of the season so far.

Many had thought the early lead would result in the demolishing of the Magpies considering the Citizens 22-game unbeaten run, but Benitez’s men masterminded one of the most epic comebacks of the campaign.

Aguero had the ball in the net again after 17 minutes, but it was ruled out by the referee, Paul Tierney, because De Bruyne had taken it before the whistle had been blown.

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David Silva should have doubled City’s lead just before half-time, but his header was cleared off the line by Florian Lejeune, and Sterling was inches away from converting Leroy Sane’s cross moments after the break.

Newcastle took the initiative and levelled the game in the 66th minute thanks to Salomon Rondon who hooked the ball past Ederson after City failed to clear the ball.

And 15 minutes later, the Magpies wrapped up the win when Fernandinho brought down 21-year-old Sean Longstaff.

Tierney immediately awarded a penalty, and Matt Ritchie made no mistake from the spot.