Manchester City's league title hope has been slimmed down as Rafael Benitez’s men came from behind to seal a record 2-1 win on Tuesday.
It was Newcastle United’s first win against the Cityzens since September 2005, ending a run of 22 meetings without a win against them.
The Magpies were all physical under Benitez even though they were threatened by Sergio Agüero’s opening goal as early as in 24 seconds to the kick-off. The 1-0 lead was the earliest goal scored in this season's Premier League, and the fastest City have scored in a league game since Jesus Navas’s goal in 13 seconds against Tottenham in November 2013.
Pep Guardiola's side could not maintain their good start throughout, despite having 77% possessions.
The second half was full of drama with Salomon Rondon’s equalizer in the 66th minute brought confidence to the host team.
Newcastle put themselves on the rider’s seat as they kept their late momentum intact in front of the home crowd. The game changer came in the 80th minute when Matt Ritchie converted a spot kick into the winner after Fernandino committed a foul on Sean Longstaff inside the box.
Guardiola's men, who were still fresh from a 5-0 win against Burnley in the FA Cup, have now dropped 16 points in their 24 Premier League games this season.Their loss at St James’ Park means the gap between Liverpool is widened by four points.