With a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, Phil Foden and substitute Bernardo Silva helped Manchester City keep the pressure on title rivals Arsenal. The outcome dealt another blow to Newcastle’s ambitions of finishing in the top four.
Eddie Howe’s team have just one victory in their previous eight league games. They are fifth in the standings with 41 points. City now has 58 points, five fewer than league-leading Arsenal, who defeated Bournemouth later on Saturday after coming from two goals down.
Phil Foden, the ever-so-reliable midfield magic, netted his fourth goal in three games across all competitions. Foden, who had been out earlier this season with a bothersome foot problem, gave City the lead in the fifteenth minute.
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The midfielder displayed exceptional control as he maneuvered past four Newcastle players and into the penalty area before his angled effort deflected off Sven Botman’s outstretched foot and past goalkeeper Nick Pope. As City look to catch up to Arsenal in the title race, Foden’s return to form has given them a much-needed boost.
In the second half, after coming off the bench in the 65th minute, Silva scored two minutes later with a precise finish past Pope following an Erling Haaland flick. The score made City the sixth team in the Premier League to achieve 1,000 goals at home.
Before Arsenal’s thrilling comeback 3-2 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates later on Saturday afternoon, the champions were briefly within two points of the Gunners at the top of the league thanks to Ederson’s 100th Premier League shutout.
But right now, the Premier League is poised to see a challenging battle between Pep & his protege Arteta. We have some exciting times coming up.