Newcastle vs. Man City result, highlights & analysis as Haaland and Silva salvage draw in St James’ thriller

In new news, Erling Haaland ignited a second-half fight against Manchester City as Pep Guardiola played out a 3-3 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Kieran Trippier sent a brilliant free kick to give Newcastle a 3-1 lead at the start of the second half, with Ilke Gundogan taking the lead in the fifth minute.

Newcastle soon took over, with Alan Saint-Maximin scoring goals for Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson; John Stones sent the winger tumbling outside the box and Trippier did the rest, though Haaland worked Rodri’s 60th minute. Di and Bernardo Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne to restore equality.

Trippier was at the center of the play when VAR was red-carded for a challenge on De Bruyne before downgrading it to yellow.

Silva was making his first start of the season and scored for the second time in as many matches, crossing on the right for Gundogan. By the time Nick Pope made the first list of fine saves to fail De Bruyne with his shoes, it looked like the city was running out of things.

But Newcastle turned the tide as Saint-Maximin put up a shaky defense with the departure of Nathan Acke in the event of an injury. His cross was bundled home by Almiron, with VAR reversing the original offside call.

The winger then tore the Stones to set up Wilson, who took a fine touch around Ruben Dias and finished brilliantly. But there’s no reason to lose with Hollande, who previously gave the Pope a low shot against the post.

De Bruyne produced the next sublime moment when his perfectly weighted pass left Silva to complete the not-so-simple task of defeating the Pope. A cynical had jumped to the challenge, but his repression helped Newcastle see a worthy share of the spoils.

Guardiola has returned to one of his old Bayern Munich templates with the use of full-backs to Kyle Walker and Joao Cancello during the first two weeks of the season. Like most Guardiola gambits, it aims to secure superiority in central areas, with the added bonus of protection from counter-attacks.

They had nothing until the last half hour of the first half at St James’s Park. Newcastle’s physically and technically strong midfield was quick in transition with the message that Stones and Walker have been among the most consistent defenders in the Premier League over the past few seasons, feeding an on-song Saint-Maximin at every opportunity.

He was repeatedly ousted by Saint-Maximin, who reveled in City’s defensive disarray that Gareth Southgate’s impressive runs in major tournaments as England manager were based on his loyalty to his most reliable performers.

So Jordan Pickford may be sealed as the number one goalkeeper for the 2022 World Cup, but Pope is making an incredibly strong case. Scored three goals in time, but Pope was a confident and impressive presence.

Lined up for the city as Silva Bernardo underscores his importance
Silva was back in the City XI, having been described as a cold move for Barcelona during the week. As he went to work setting up Gundogan’s goal, we were reminded how Guardiola could afford to lose the player whose goal resulted in a draw.

Positioned on the right-hand side of the attack, Silva may have a role to play in this more advanced position this season, given his ability to press and the close season departures of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. With his invaluable creative contributions, Silva’s five tackles and 12 doubles tackles were both team high.

Given the results some of their fellow Premier League heavyweights have eliminated in August, City may be very happy to avoid a draw. Liverpool will face Manchester United on Monday, with neither side having a win so far. Earlier on Sunday, Chelsea suffered a 3-0 loss to Leeds at Land Road.

It will come as no surprise that City or Liverpool hit their stride and put together one of the season-breaking runs they have become famous for, but Arsenal are the only tree with a 100% record remaining . There’s a pleasant sense of randomness to the processes so far, something that may be magnified by the post-mid-season World Cup.

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