Phil Foden shines as Man City eases past Newcastle

Phil Foden was the star of the show as Manchester City eased past Newcastle to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Foden scored 15 minutes into the game, slipping in from the right, fending off two challenges, and seeing his shot deflected in by Sven Botman.

Before City’s substitute Bernardo Silva scored to put the game beyond Newcastle’s reach midway through the second half, Newcastle had reacted strongly and was posing a significant threat.

The win means City moved to within two points of the Gunners, who play Bournemouth later on Saturday, while Newcastle remained fifth, four points behind Tottenham.

Although the setback was not what Magpies manager Eddie Howe had hoped for as his team sought to recover from last weekend’s Carabao Cup final loss, there were still several encouraging signs.

His side was on top when Haaland set up Silva to make it 2-0 from the edge of the area, with Joelinton going close and substitute Alexander Isak denied by an onrushing Ederson.

Newcastle, who has now won only one of their last eight league games, will benefit greatly from Isak’s return to fitness as they attempt to salvage their faltering season. Isak was particularly impressive whenever he was on the ball.

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