2021-22 English Premier League
  • Raheem Sterling (19', 90'+3')
  • Aymeric Laporte (38')
  • Rodri (61')
  • Phil Foden (90')

Man City storm past Newcastle to close in on Premier League title

Have Man City put their UCL heartbreak behind them? (0:56)

Shaka Hislop believes that Man City's 5-0 victory over Newcastle shows that Pep Guardiola's side have forgotten about their Champions League heartbreak against Real Madrid. (0:56)

Manchester City consolidated their position at the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side bounced back from their Champions League exit on Wednesday with a dominant display, going ahead by two in the first half through Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte, before Rodri, Phil Foden and Sterling added three more goals after the break.

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City now only need seven points from their final three games to clinch a second Premier League title on the bounce, after title rivals Liverpool were held to a draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, which left the Reds three points adrift of the top spot.

"The margin between us and Liverpool is so tight and goal difference can happen," Guardiola said. "It was important we win.

"It was a perfect afternoon. If some people doubted us, they don't know this team. Three points, nine points to play for, four ahead on goal difference. Another final on Wednesday."

Newcastle should have gone ahead on eight minutes when Allan Saint-Maximin whipped cross into the box for Chris Wood, who only had Ederson to beat, but the New Zealand striker nodded the ball straight into the goalkeeper.

City then came close twice through Laporte and Joao Cancelo before Sterling opened the scoring on 19 minutes when a superb Ilkay Gundogan cross found Cancelo at the far post, who pulled the ball back for the England striker to nod in from close range.

Newcastle had the ball in the net just five minutes later when Wood bundled the ball over the line from a Jamaal Lascelles header, but the ball hit an offside Bruno Guimaraes in the process.

City doubled their lead on 38 minutes when Kevin de Bruyne's deep corner found Gundogan on the edge of the penalty area, who fired a shot at goal. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could not hold onto the ball, and defender Laporte jumped onto the rebound to smash it home from close range.

The hosts continued to dominate in the opening spell of the second half and were rewarded on 61 minutes when Rodri headed in from a de Bruyne corner, before Foden and Sterling sealed the victory late on.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has now lost all 10 of his Premier League meetings against Guardiola.

"We can't be too negative about today," Howe said. "We should view it as a way to come back next season stronger."

Newcastle are 13th with 43 points -- an incredible rise considering where they were when Howe took over -- and are already looking at strengthening in the summer.

"If we can be smart with what we do in the summer and keep the spirit we have in the squad, the future is very bright for the club," Howe said. "The aim when we came in was to stay in the Premier League at all costs."

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 28 +40 69
2 Manchester City 27 +42 61
3 Manchester United 26 +6 50
4 Tottenham Hotspur 28 +12 49
5 Newcastle United 26 +20 47
6 Liverpool 26 +18 42
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 +15 42
8 Brentford 27 +9 42
9 Fulham 27 +1 39
10 Chelsea 27 +1 38
11 Aston Villa 27 -4 38
12 Crystal Palace 28 -16 27
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -19 27
14 Leeds United 27 -9 26
15 Everton 28 -18 26
16 Nottingham Forest 27 -27 26
17 Leicester City 27 -9 25
18 West Ham United 26 -10 24
19 AFC Bournemouth 27 -29 24
20 Southampton 28 -23 23