Manchester City demolish Newcastle in 5-0 victory
Manchester City demolishes Newcastle United in 5-0 victory to set a new Premier League goalscoring record at the Etihad Stadium.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez put the game to game to bed in the first 20 minutes, with a second-half Silva stunner and a late Raheem Sterling effort adding to a Federico Fernandez own goal as City strolled to a 5-0 win.
Pep Guardiola brought Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, and John Stones into the side after their 1-0 defeat against Southampton, making five changes altogether. City has now made 125 changes to their starting line-up this season – more than any other team.
With Newcastle searching for a third consecutive Premier League away win for the first time since 2001, Steve Bruce opted for six changes to the team that drew to West Ham last time out, an injured Allan Saint-Maximin the notable absentee.
It took City just 10 minutes to break the deadlock after a totally dominant opening. Foden and Silva combined down the left before the Spaniard cut back to Jesus, who somehow found acres of space to slot home from close-range.
The hosts were 2-0 up before the first-half drinks break, de Bruyne providing his 18th Premier League assist of the season, squaring the ball for Riyad Mahrez to stroke home on his left.
It was Newcastle who next scored, though in their own net – a goal that summed up the evening. Jesus danced into the box, but in possessing the attacker, Matt Ritchie diverted his clearance straight into Fernandez and past a helpless Martin Dubravka.
Guardiola’s side wasn’t done there, however. Silva turned creator to scorer with a sublime free-kick. He bent it round the wall as de Bruyne watched on. Perhaps his final goal at the Etihad; will certainly be missed.
City moved nine points clear of Chelsea in second with the win, but League form is not the priority for Guardiola anymore. They face an FA Cup clash against Arsenal in just 10 days’ time, with Real Madrid to come in the Champions League in August. The Spaniard will be pleased by a momentum-building performance, however.
Any result would have been a bonus for Newcastle, with Premier League safety already all-but secured. The opening 20 minutes, in particular, will have infuriated Bruce, however. But with Liverpool losing by the same margin in the last match at the Etihad, he can’t be too disheartened.