Full-time: Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

  • Dominant Manchester City extend their lead at the Premier League summit to 15 points after deservedly sealing an 18th consecutive top-flight victory at St James' Park
  • Raheem Sterling's 17th goal of the season proves to be decisive as he cleverly steers home an exquisite pass from Kevin De Bruyne shortly past the half-hour mark
  • Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne both hit the woodwork, while the former has a goal disallowed for offside
  • Rolando Aarons sees an effort cleared off the line and substitute Dwight Gayle heads wide as Newcastle slump to a fifth successive home defeat
  • Rafael Benitez's side remain 15th and just one point above the relegation zone
  • Visitors lose captain Vincent Kompany to another injury blow after just 11 minutes
Raheem Sterling

That is it from me for now, thanks for following along. IBTimes UK will be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of a London derby between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

Until then, farewell.


Newcastle's attacking flurries were all too brief and their second-half rally came too late. Benitez can have no complaints regarding a fifth successive home defeat that sees them remain 15th and only one point above the relegation zone.

The Magpies face City again on 20 January, but before then comes three potentially critical meetings with Brighton, Stoke and Swansea. The takeover and added investment cannot come soon enough.


City were not at their clinical best tonight, but fully merited the three points after a typically dominant display. An incredible 18th consecutive Premier League victory sees them extend their advantage at the top-flight summit to 15 points ahead of a final 2017 outing at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Another win at Selhurst Park would see them equal the mark of 19 in a row secured by Guardiola's Bayern Munich team back in 2013-14. They are absolutely coasting towards the title, although Kompany's latest setback, if serious, will surely hasten the need for further defensive reinforcements.



Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City


Sane is under pressure with his back to goal but a push from Yedlin kills Newcastle's momentum.


Into three minutes of second-half stoppage time. Shelvey misses the target with a hopeful 20-yard strike.


Merino switches play out to Atsu, who beats Sterling all ends up before teeing up fellow substitute Gayle for a glancing header that drifts agonisingly wide of Ederson's right-hand post.

That was a great chance.

Dwight Gayle


Gundogan's shot sails high and wide after positive interplay with Jesus. Into the final five minutes at St James' Park and, despite City's dominance, there is still just one goal separating these two teams.


Gayle sees a shot blocked by Mangala before Atsu is caught offside. Guardiola introduces Sane in place of Bernardo Silva.


Atsu looks to lay on a late equaliser for Shelvey but Sterling hacks the ball away.

Will City be made to pay for their profligacy?


A change apiece now as Mangala - wearing a mask to a protect a broken nose - replaces Aguero, whose impressive scoring run against Newcastle comes to an end after two shots against the post and a goal ruled out for offside.

Benitez also withdraws Mbemba in favour of Merino.


Walker loses possession for City just outside his own penalty area and Gayle seizes on the loose ball before going down under minimal contact from Danilo, who was trying to avoid any collision.

He wants a penalty, but instead receives a yellow card for simulation. That looked like the correct decision.

Dwight Gayle


Benitez's second change after 71 minutes sees Aarons make way for Atsu.


Wily defending from Danilo, who stops Aarons in his tracks and buys a free-kick off the 22-year-old.


Ederson easily gathers Mbemba's header after Sterling fouls Murphy and City earn another corner when Jamaal Lascelles inexplicably heads a poor Aguero cross out for a corner.


Diame gives the ball away again and Danilo sets up De Bruyne for a long-range drive that is deflected against the post.

Aguero turns the rebound home but is quickly flagged offside. Still 1-0 with 25 minutes remaining.


"Jose's cracking up" and "park the car Man United" are the chants coming from the away fans in reference to Mourinho's recent claims that the £300m he has spent on new signings at Old Trafford is not enough to compete.



After warming up for several minutes, Gayle comes on in place of Joselu.

Can he provide lifeless Newcastle with any sort of a spark and liven up this subdued home crowd?


De Bruyne's passing has been unerringly accurate tonight but his shooting has unusually left a lot to be desired.

He wastes a glorious chance to put this one-sided affair firmly to bed, dragging a left-footed strike well wide after an incisive give-and-go with Jesus.


Gundogan dispossesses Diame and tries to guide a low right-footed shot into the bottom corner. Elliot dives and pushes the ball clear with both hands.


Sterling skips through the middle of Murphy and Yedlin before producing a cross-cum-shot that is prodded wide by Aguero on the stretch.


The second half is upon us. No further changes from Guardiola at the interval, while Benitez is evidently happy to stand pat for now.