Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sergio Aguero performs down heroics after Manchester Metropolis…

Sergio Aguero performs down heroics after Manchester Metropolis…

They did so with patience, passing and perpetual possession.

However, the visit to the Etihad Stadium proved to be too much for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side, with the away side being blown away by a masterclass from Sergio Aguero.

Darlow was called into action twice in the final five minutes of the first half as he pulled off a superb save to his left to keep out De Bruyne from the edge of the box, before stopping Aguero's snapshot at his near post.

It was typical the Belgian forged the breakthrough.

Arsenal remain outside the top four but heartened manager Wenger said: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination.”.

Paul Tierney awarded a penalty to City in the 62nd minute when Raheem Sterling dove under a Javier Manquillo challenge, and Aguero placed a ideal penalty past a correctly guessing Darlow. While City fans poured on social media to make those claims, Sane has a lot of medals to pick up to come close to Giggs' trophy cabinet.

De Bruyne almost added a second shortly after, only for Karl Darlow to get down and tip his deflected effort wide.

Raheem Sterling scored an offside goal to complete a lightning counter attack, with David Silva's splendid pass denied an assist by the linesman's rightly raised flag. There's already a anxious buzz if the home side haven't scored before half time in matches - that will be amplified by the events of the last week.

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Perhaps they should have done.

The Argentina worldwide opened the scoring in the first-half with a fine header, leaving the hosts 1-0 up at the break. They had a series of corners. Manchester City is unbeaten at home and have scored 39 goals in their 11 home matches, with a streak of 10 consecutive home victories in the Premier League. Perhaps they should have done so earlier.

Would they bounce back?

However, arguably the best chance of the opening period fell to the visitors in the second minute, as Christian Atsu's cross fell kindly for Ciaran Clark, who shot straight at Ederson.

They nearly had another, Ederson twice denying Mohamed Diame after a barnstorming run. Thankfully, Liverpool found a way to defeat the savage beast, and maybe City will start to lose steam towards the end of the season.

Liverpool's relentless, energetic high pressing and sharp and decisive finishing exposed weaknesses in City's defence but it would be a major surprise if Newcastle were to even attempt to replicate such an approach, let alone upset Guardiola's men.

Guardiola admitted City had lost their composure in the second half after being rattled by Liverpool's relentless pressing and the ferocious Anfield atmosphere. It didn't get Newcastle a point on either occasion.

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