Brilliant Alvarez goal gives Man City edge over Newcastle

19 Aug 2023
Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Argentinian's first-half goal proves enough as champions continue dominance over Magpies

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Manchester City made it two wins from their opening two matches as they beat Newcastle United 1-0, although the victory was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested. 

The only goal at the Etihad Stadium came just after the half-hour through Julian Alvarez with the first shot on target to earn a 15th consecutive home league victory over Newcastle. 

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After taking a pass from Phil Foden, who starred in the playmaker role in the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne, Alvarez fired in from the edge of the area with a stunning shot. 

Man City dominated the opening half, although had no other clear-cut chances apart from Alvarez's goal.

The closest opportunity was a Erling Haaland shot that creeped past the far post. 

Newcastle started the second half with more ambition but were unable to test Ederson in the Man City goal. 

Haaland had more half-chances to add to his two goals from the opening night at Burnley, but was first well tackled by Fabian Schar before later shooting wide. When the Norwegian got a shot on target, Nick Pope stood tall and repelled it. 

Perhaps Newcastle’s best chance was when Bruno Guimaraes had a free shot at goal midway through the second half in a similar area from where Alvarez scored, but the Brazilian scuffed it wide.

Their only shot on target, a joint-low under Eddie Howe, came in the 70th minute, a tame effort from substitute Harvey Barnes.

They applied some pressure with around 10 minutes remaining but the champions saw it out to extend their perfect record to eight Premier League matches won when Alvarez has scored. 

The win was also City's 17th in a row at home in all competitions, a club record. 

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Double header on Sunday

Two matches take place on Sunday with all four sides looking for their first victory of the season.

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Aston Villa and Everton will both be hoping to banish last week's defeats as they lock horns in the first match of the afternoon.

Later West Ham United welcome Chelsea to the London Stadium in a contest where Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia could feature for the Blues after their respective transfers from Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton this week.

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