Manchester City put in one of their worst performances of the season just when they had the chance to really crank up the pressure on Liverpool.
A win tonight would have closed the gap to a single point and when Sergio Aguero scored in just 24 seconds, it looked like City could romp to a victory.
It was not to be, as the Blues were incredibly poor by their standards and Newcastle staged a huge comeback to beat City in the Premier League for the first since since 2005.
Here’s how we rated the team on a night when their title hopes suffered a hammer blow.
Ederson – 6
Nothing he could have done about either goal and his passing was very accurate, as always.
Kyle Walker – 5
Walker had his moments going forward today and his moments looking defensively suspect and sloppy with the ball. Can we please have last season’s Kyle Walker back?
John Stones – 6
The back two were not too shabby today despite the score line and Stones was generally calm and composed.
Aymeric Laporte – 6
One or two uncharacteristically sloppy moments aside, Laporte was reasonably decent and cleaned up in some potentially awkward situations at the back.
Danilo – 4.5
Danilo has been City’s best full-back of late but tonight was one he’ll want to forget. Very sloppy and error prone, he handed Perez a chance on a silver plate in the first half that the Spaniard couldn’t take.
Fernandinho – 6
One of City’s better players in general, but his rating comes down because of the careless penalty he conceded. It was a rare moment where Fernandinho looked like an aging midfielder, with his reactions lacking that extra bit of sharpness they usually have. Besides that, he was pretty good in the midfield however.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5 (Man of the Match)
Even though he was hauled off with 25 minutes to go, De Bruyne was City’s best player. He put in a lot of defensive work, one side of his game that can be overlooked, making 5 successful tackles – more than any other City player. Some of his passes were fantastic and one of them in the first half created a goal that was ruled out when the referee curiously judged KDB to have taken it too fast, and booked him. Pep had to take him off after he almost received a second yellow card.
David Silva – 6
Always made himself available for the ball and set up Aguero’s early goal, but he was disappointing in spells and below his best.
Raheem Sterling – 5.5
Like most of the attacking players, Sterling was surprisingly ineffective on a night we expected the ‘SAS’ to terrorise the Newcastle back line. He was involved in the first goal, but did little beyond that.
Leroy Sané – 5
Leroy showed some promising signs but like Raheem, couldn’t make a major impact on the game. Perhaps Sterling should have gotten on the end of a nice cross into the box by Sané. Taken off when City needed a winner and Pep probably wanted him back on when City were chasing an equaliser.
Sergio Aguero – 5.5
Scored the fastest Premier League goal of the season, a perfect start to the match for Kun. Unfortunately he was pretty poor after that with his first touch letting him down. He seemed angry at himself late in the game when he received the ball in the box but couldn’t control it. Continued his fine scoring form against the Magpies but his overall performance wasn’t good.
Bernardo Silva – 5
His introduction promised some new, inventive ideas as Pep looked to spice up City’s attack, but like the other attacking players, he was underwhelming.
Gabriel Jesus – 5
Guardiola threw him on in hope of a goal after his great form of late, but he too could make no difference.
Ilkay Gundogan – N/A
A late replacement for Danilo, his first act was to take a free kick near the edge of Newcastle’s box… which he sent straight into the wall. City’s night summed up.