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Manchester City secure hard-fought 2-0 win over Newcastle United: Foden and Bernardo shine

Manchester City secure hard-fought 2-0 win over Newcastle United - Foden and Bernardo shine

Manchester City secured a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.

Foden opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a brilliant solo effort, cutting inside a group of static Newcastle defenders before firing the ball past Nick Pope. Bernardo Silva doubled City’s advantage in the second half, curling a shot past Pope from the edge of the box.

Despite Newcastle looking threatening going forward, they were unable to find a way past City’s defence. Erling Haaland had a frustrating first half, limited to a couple of half-chances, and was closely marked by a number of defenders.

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The referee allowed a number of enthusiastic challenges to go unpunished for both teams, making for a feisty encounter with stoppages and misplaced passes.

Erling Haaland, Rodri and Phil Foden celebrating Bernardo Silva's goal against Newcastle (Image by Man City)

Erling Haaland, Rodri and Phil Foden celebrating Bernardo Silva’s goal against Newcastle (Image by Man City)

City’s victory cut Arsenal’s lead at the top of the table to just two points, with the Gunners playing against Bournemouth later today.

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Phil Foden was named Man of the Match after his impressive performance, scoring his fourth goal in three games and showcasing his energy and inventiveness.

City’s next game is against Crystal Palace on March 11th, followed by the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Red Bull Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on March 14th.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 26 14 2 10 36 36 +0 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 26 10 9 7 49 41 +8 39
8 West Ham United 26 11 6 9 40 46 -6 39
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 5 10 40 40 +0 38
10 Newcastle United 26 11 4 11 54 45 +9 37
11 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
12 Fulham 26 9 5 12 36 42 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 7 12 31 44 -13 28
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 33 47 -14 28
15 Everton 26 8 7 11 28 34 -6 25
16 Brentford 26 7 4 15 37 48 -11 25
17 Nottingham Forest 26 6 6 14 34 48 -14 24
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 26 3 4 19 25 58 -33 13
20 Sheffield United 26 3 4 19 22 66 -44 13
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