Newcastle 2-3 Manchester City: thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Oscar Bobb

After taking the lead with a daring backheel in response to a right-wing cross from Kyle Walker in the 26th minute, Newcastle was able to respond with two goals in the next three minutes.

First, after taking advantage of a sweeping pass from Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak scored his fourth goal in four games, looping past Stefan Ortega, City’s backup goalkeeper, who had taken Ederson’s place due to injury.

Then, with Walker retreating, Anthony Gordon was freed down the left, and he magnificently curled into the bottom corner to send the home crowd into raptures.

Up until their star player De Bruyne resumed his injury recovery with a superb goal and a great assist for Bobb, City had only lost once in 72 Premier League games while taking the lead.

At the final siren, manager Pep Guardiola and the whole City team—including the substitutes—exuberantly celebrated as the defending champions relished their third straight league victory and sixth overall.

Particularly on defence, City has been far off the level that saw them win the Treble last season for a significant portion of this campaign.

These problems have resurfaced, raising concerns about the summer transfer window and some shoddy defending that allowed both Newcastle goals.

They also squandered several opportunities in this game, as seen by Julian Alvarez’s eight-yard miss on a prime opportunity while they were down.

But they have one of the greatest playwrights in the world—if not the best—in De Bruyne.

With his important equaliser in the 74th minute, he slipped neatly into space, and his well-placed low finish served as a reminder of his ability to change games.

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The 32-year-old was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and his last league game came against Burnley in August.

In the opening minute of added time, De Bruyne still had time to have a significant influence that was appropriate for the game. His pass behind Kieran Trippier to Bobb was just magnificent.

Oscar Bobb scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester City moved within two points of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with victory over Newcastle in a breathless encounter at St James’ Park.

The Norwegian, 20, latched on to a beautiful lofted cross from fellow substitute Kevin de Bruyne and showed excellent movement to take the ball past Martin Dubravka and into an empty net.

After slipping in from the left flank, the attacker displayed excellent tight control and finished the game with a goal to cap off an already outstanding campaign.

The Blues will now believe they are in a position to embark on one of their renowned title-winning runs as they have gotten closer to leaders Liverpool.

They have four of their next five league games at home against teams in the bottom half, where they were undefeated in 2023.

It’s unclear if custodian Ederson will be ready for those matches after being substituted in the eighth minute due to a collision with Sean Longstaff and City full-back Walker that resulted in an offside goal for Newcastle.

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