Manchester City moved to inside a degree of the Premier League prime 4 as they breezed to a 2-Zero win at house to Newcastle.
Objectives from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres sealed the routine victory on an evening the place Pep Guardiola’s facet missed a hatful of probabilities.
The breakthrough got here after 14 minutes as Gundogan completed from shut vary, latching onto Raheem Sterling’s cross after Joao Cancelo picked him out with an incisive by ball.
Steve Bruce’s facet supplied little within the match however goalkeeper Karl Darlow acquitted himself very nicely, hooking Kevin De Bruyne’s menacing cross from the left away from purpose, whereas additionally denying the Belgian on 37 minutes when clear by.
Torres scuffed an excellent likelihood to place City 2-Zero up ten minutes earlier than half time however made no mistake ten minutes after the break.
Cancelo performed a key function once more as he received the ball on the correct earlier than inflicting the Newcastle defence issues as he fizzed it throughout the field. Federico Fernandez intercepted however the ball fell straight to Torres, who slotted it house.
City looked for a 3rd with Bernardo Silva hitting the put up from a good angle after Sterling did not correctly join with one other Cancelo cross.
Cancelo’s crosses on the correct continued to threaten as he virtually discovered Torres, whereas substitute Sergio Aguero was denied nicely by Darlow because the Portugal worldwide picked out a teammate as soon as once more.
City are a degree behind native rivals Manchester United, who may solely handle a draw to Leicester earlier on Boxing Day.
It appeared like City have been going to complete the night simply behind Everton however a late purpose from Gylfi Sigurdsson secured a 1-Zero win at Sheffield United.
The Iceland worldwide drove Abdoulaye Doucoure’s neat lay-off into the nook of the web to place the Toffees second within the Premier League.
Each side exchanged a lot of probabilities, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin virtually scoring a spectacular purpose in opposition to his former membership, whereas Oliver Burke had an excellent alternative within the first half.
The consequence leaves the Blades nonetheless looking for their first league win of the season and ten factors off security.