Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James Park in Newcastle, England, Sunday, Aug.21, 2022. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
In years to come, if Newcastle is contending for Premier League and Champions League titles as widely expected, the Saudi-funded team might look back on this game as the one when it truly arrived as a force in soccer.
And when Kieran Trippier curled a stunning free kick into the top corner to put a rampant Newcastle 3-1 ahead in the 54th minute, it looked as if City was going to slump to one of its heaviest Premier League losses under Pep Guardiola.
However, City is the defending champion for a reason and goals in the 60th by Erling Haaland and the 64th by Bernardo Silva — following a wondrous pass from Kevin De Bruyne — salvaged a point that will be gratefully accepted by Guardiola.