Bernardo Silva came to Manchester City’s rescue as the Premier League champions fought back to take a point from a six-goal thriller at Newcastle.
Silva, starting for the first time in the league this season, secured a thrilling match in which the visitors won after five minutes, but trailed 3-1 after nine minutes of the second half, which ended 3-3.
Before kick-off, neither team had conceded a goal in the top flight this season and when Ilkay Gundogan popped the home team’s bubble in five minutes, it looked like the writing was on the wall.
But rather than opt for damage limitation, Newcastle, inspired by the individual brilliance of Allan Saint-Maximin, decided attacking was the best form of defense and after Miguel Almiron equalised, impressive results from Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier facing England boss Gareth Southgate. in a crowd of 52,258 they had the Magpies in Dreamland.
However, with another World Cup contender, Nick Pope, having already made a number of vital saves, it was a case of when, not if, the backlash would come, and he did so via a £51m summer signing. to Erling Haaland and Silva to set up a grandstand finish that, perhaps appropriately, failed to produce a winner.
Silva and Haaland had already combined ominously to allow Rodri to whistle a long-range shot over Pope’s crossbar when the midfielder had time and space to deliver a five-minute cross for Gundogan to control and fire past the helpless Pope.
The Magpies goalkeeper had to stop Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden with his legs in quick succession with the visitors completely dominating, although the hosts should have equalized when Saint-Maximin cut the ball back to Almiron, who parried his high shot.
Pope deflected De Bruyne’s free kick in the 20th minute, but opponent Ederson had to stop at full length to put Saint-Maximin out before substitute Ruben Dias deflected a Wilson attempt, though the respite proved temporary.
Saint-Maximin blasted past Kyle Walker and Rodri down the left to cross to the far post, where Almiron slid to convert the ball home, the offside flag that greeted their opening celebration overturned on review.
Joao Cancelo had to come to Ederson’s rescue after he rushed headlong from his line to take on Almiron and was easily rounded off, but was getting the ball out of his net once again six minutes before the break when Saint-Maximin cut inside and fed. to Wilson. , who touched the ball past Dias before sending it into the net with the outside of his right foot.
Haaland was unlucky not to drag the visitors down seven minutes after the restart when his shot went past Pope but bounced off a post foot, and his misery was compounded two minutes later when the home team extended. your advantage.
John Stones was penalized for bringing down the flying Saint-Maximin at 22 yards and Trippier’s free kick gave Ederson little chance.
Haaland brought City down from close range with 29 minutes remaining and should have used a second three minutes later, but Pope’s legs prevented him.
However, City agreed again seconds later when De Bruyne spotted Silva’s run with a perfect through ball and made no mistake.
Trippier’s afternoon seemed to have taken a significant turn for the worse when referee Jarred Gillett issued a red card for his cynical trip to De Bruyne, although the referee was advised to review the incident and duly reduced the penalty to a yellow.
Haaland could have won it with 12 minutes to go but he stabbed as the home fans collectively held their breath and although it was the visitors who finished stronger they ultimately had to settle for a point.