Full-time: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City

  • Sergio Aguero scored the opening goal, his 100th strike in the Premier League.
  • Vurnon Anita netted a brilliant equaliser in the first-half.
  • Newcastle remain in the relegation zone.
City players celebrate the opening goal
City players celebrate the opening goal Getty Images

Full-time: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City

A potentially valuable point for Newcastle, who produced a spirited display after City took the lead through Sergio Aguero. The second-half fizzled out in truth, but the Magpies certainly showed plenty of fight. A draw was a fair result in the end.


Rafa rolls the dice for the final time. Around two minutes left in this game.


There will be five minutes of added time.


Wijnaldum goes so close to scoring a season-changing goal. The Dutchman takes advantage of some lax defending and dribbles through on goal, but his right-footed shot is saved by Joe Hart and City survive.

The home fans were ready to explode, there.


This second half has been a bit of a damp squib, to be honest. But with the last few minutes, there is scope for a grandstand finish.

Kevin de Bruyne (centre) under pressure
Kevin de Bruyne under pressure Getty Images


Another substitution for City - Wilfried Bony replaces Jesus Navas, who has drifted out of the game.

Five minutes left at St James' Park now.


Rafael Benitez is a picture of tension down on the touchline. He is urging his players to run in every direction, moving his hands around like a madman. The Spaniard knows how crucial these next few moments could be.


Gini Wijnaldum is preparing to come on for Newcastle. Can the Dutchman make a hero of himself in the closing moments? We're about to find out.


Another good effort from City. Darlow does well to beat away a de Bruyne shot from distance and the Magpies survive.

The home crowd breathes a big sigh of relief. A goal either way could be crucial in the context of Newcastle's season.

Manuel Pellegrini watches on
Manuel Pellegrini watches on Getty Images


Another change for City... Fernandinho replaces Yaya Toure, who has been subdued for City tonight and may be playing one of his last games for the club. A few seasons ago, it would have been unheard of for Toure to be replaced with City chasing a winning goal.


There are just 20 minutes left at St James' Park now - the next goal could be the winner. Newcastle, fighting for the lives, will give anything for a match-clinching effort. They won't care how it comes, either.


Ah, here we go. Not before time, too. Raheem Sterling replaces Fabian Delph.


Another good chance for Agüero but Darlow makes the save and gathers at the second attempt. Newcastle survive once again, but only just.

Still no sign of Sterling - surely now is the perfect time to introduce the England man, with Newcastle bound to tire in the closing stages.

Aguero thinks he should have a penalty
Aguero thinks he should have a penalty Getty Images


Zabaleta comes to City's rescue, when it appears certain Newcastle will take the lead. Andros Townsend makes a neat break up the right side and chips the ball to the back post where Mitrovic was waiting to head home.

Thankfully for the away side, the Argentine timed his jump perfectly and managed to knock it behind for a corner. Rafa was waiting to celebrate...


Meanwhile, City are eyeing a change of their own and it's one we have been expecting. Raheem Sterling is going through a serious warm-up on the touchline.

He might replace Jesus Navas, who has picked up a little knock.


And he does... Rafa has seen enough.


Jesus Navas makes an incisive break down the right side and looks to have given City the lead. But the keeper makes a cracking save, pushing the ball just wide of the post. Navas can barely believe it.

It's all City for the moment, though. Rafael Benitez needs to make a tactical switch...

Fernando wins the ball back for City
Fernando wins the ball back for City Getty Images


City are piling on the pressure in the opening minutes of this half. They are launching wave after wave of attack, and the Newcastle defence is being stretched to its very limit.


City and Sergio Aguero have a huge penalty appeal waved away. The Argentine collected a cross from the right and turned in the box. Just as he loaded up to shoot at goal, he was tackle/fouled - depending on your viewpoint - by a Newcastle defender.

Aguero sits on the ground, staring at the floor. He's not happy with the ref.

Manuel Pellegrini on the touchline
Manuel Pellegrini on the touchline Getty Images


Cheick Tioté is needing treatment at the moment. He's gone down under a heavy challenge and might not be able to continue.

After some treatment from the physico, Tiote is back with us now.


We're under way in the second half. A potentially pivotal 45 minutes in Newcastle's history awaits.


Half-time: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City

A fascinating 45 minutes of football, that. City took the lead through the in-form Sergio Aguero and appeared to be coasting towards an easy victory in the early stages.

But out of nowhere, the Magpies got an equaliser through Vurnon Anita, who bagged a beautiful solo goal. It's all to play for the second half in this eye-catching contest.


Anita has gone into the ref's notebook, by the way. The Dutchman took out Aleksandar Kolarov as he looked to lead a counter-attack. That's called taking one for the team, because Kolarov had clear space ahead of him.

Darlow celebrates Newcastle\'s goal
Darlow celebrates Newcastle\'s goal Getty Images


There's no doubt that City are playing the better football for the most part, but Newcastle definitely pose a threat through the likes of Cisse and Perez. Kompany, Mangala et al. have certainly got a battle on their hands now.

Vurnon Anita finds the net
Vurnon Anita finds the net Getty Images