The hopes of retaining the Premier League title for Manchester City was blown as Newcastle United scored a remarkable 2 to 1 when over champions St. James Park on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
Manchester City seemed to not be their usual selves until after Sergio Aguero scored 24 seconds in appearing to set the pace for a victory to be at ease.
Newcastle fired back after half-time with a goal. Salomon Rondon got the goal and a penalty from Matt Ritchie. The 80th-minute penalty and the goal elevated them to rank 14th in the league.
This move brought an end to a fantastic start of the year for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s appeared ready to take their eighth match in a row for 2019, due to Aguero having the quickest goal scored in a Premier League match.
On Wednesday, Leicester City will host Liverpool with the intention of moving seven points ahead of Manchester City with the win.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola said, “Well, it was difficult so we knew we needed to win a lot of games because the advantage was not huge (before the match) but it’s still there and we have to continue,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
He went on to say Manchester City began with a plan to get most of the game, the team like the rhythm to execute our game, though the chances were there properly.
The well-laid plan for Newcastle was shredded immediately by Aguero who volleyed 15 goals in 13 league events against Newcastle responsibilities.
Written by Leon Murray
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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