Man City draw at Newcastle to further fall behind Liverpool in the title race

Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes were faltered once again as they twice blew a lead to 2-2 draw at Newcastle at lunchtime on Saturday.
City sought for a winner after Jetro Willems immediately equalized following Raheem Sterling’s first-half opener. They seemed to have found the winning goal they needed when Kevin De Bruyne’s sensational strike went past the goalkeeper eight minutes to go.
However, City’s defensive weakness was exposed as Jonjo Shelvey swept home a perfectly-worked free-kick six minutes later.
Guardiola was without injured Sergio Aguero, who has been ruled out for a couple of weeks, and City were not formidable in attack as they failed to take advantage of about 80 percent possession.
Sterling is City’s primary source of goals this season and was on target 22 minutes in after an excellent backheel from David Silva set him up for his 15th this season.
However, the lead was only for three minutes as the home side produced their moment of magic when Miguel Almiron teed up Willems to slot into the far corner.
Guardiola’s men finally began to work Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal in the final quarter when De Bruyne’s shot from a tight angle was parried away before Gabriel Jesus missed a huge chance to make his mark in Aguero’s absence.
Jesus was played through on goal by Silva, but his shot went straight at Dubravka before De Bruyne’s follow-up shot was blocked.
Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden came on from the bench in the final 20 minutes, and with his first touch, Bernardo wasted another glorious chance.
De Bruyne was the main attacking force for City and looked to have won the game when he chested down a clearance before smashing the ball past the goalkeeper.
Newcastle had barely had a single attack in the second half. Still, after Fernandinho conceded a needless foul, Christian Atsu picked out Shelvey unmarked on the edge of the box to slot home.
The visitor still had one more chance to all the points in the added minutes when De Bruyne picked out Sterling, but England international’s shot lacked the power to beat Dubravka.

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