- Manchester City shared the spoils with Newcastle United in an enthralling outing at St James' Park on Sunday
- Both sides went into matchday three of the 2022-23 Premier League without conceding a goal in their opening games but ceded their impeccable record for a thrilling 3-3 draw
- City had brushed aside Newcastle with an aggregate score of 9-0 last season but a much-improved Magpies ensured they docked points of the Premier League champions
Defending champions Manchester City clawed from 3-1 down to share the spoils with Newcastle United in an entertaining game staged at St James' Park on Sunday, August 21.
It was the visitors that struck first through Gundogan but were trailing at halftime with Almiron and Wilson handing a deserved lead to the Magpies.
A fun-filled second half saw Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva cancel out Newcastle's lead after Trippier stretched the lead.
In typical fashion, Manchester City commenced the game on the front foot with midfielder Rodri missing narrowly when his strike went over the crossbar by a whisker.
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The defending champions will up the ante and the breakthrough came via skipper Ilkay Gundogan who received a precise lofted cross from Bernardo Silva before slotting home with a snapshot to put City in the lead after just five minutes.
Pep's charges, fuelled by Gundogan's opening goal, peppered the goal area of Newcastle with goalkeeper Nick Pope repelling efforts from tormentor-in-chief Kevin DeBruyne and Phil Foden with brilliant saves.
However, the Magpies will build on the gallant display from their custodian as they began to fashion decent chances with winger Allan Saint-Maximin using his quick pace and trickery to cause havoc to the City defence.
The 25-year-old would eventually get the ball at the back of the net only to be correctly chopped off for offside.
But it won't matter in a couple of minutes when the Frenchman served a tailor-measured pass to Almiron, who made no mistake to grab a well-deserved equalizer two minutes before the half-hour mark.
From then on the pendulum swung as the Magpies completed the turnaround when England international Callum Wilson sent St James' Park into euphoria with his volley six minutes before halftime.
City came out all guns blazing after recess and summer signing Erling Haaland tested Nick Pope with a ferocious strike from the edge of the box, with the English goalie coming out on top once again.
But it was the home side that extended their lead via a Beckham-esque freekick from Kieran Trippier - a technically stunning goal by all standards.
The reigning English champions will rally from 3-1 down to level the score within a space of three minutes with Haaland scoring from close range and Bernardo Silva getting on the scoresheet after a defence-splitting pass from DeBruyne.
Trippier would get himself in trouble with a cynical tackle but his blushes will be spared by the Video Assistant Referee as the initial red card flashed by referee Jarred Gillet was reversed by the technology.
The incident killed the momentum of the game as both sides could not find another goal as both settled for a 3-3 draw after a lengthy additional time.
Newcastle seek outlandish success against Premier League champions Man City
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have begun their title defence with back-to-back league wins, while their hosts, Newcastle United are also unbeaten after two outings in the Premier League.
On the other side, Newcastle United are one of just two sides not to have conceded a goal after two matches in the English top-flight - winning one and splitting the points in a positive start to the campaign.
Eddie Howe’s team failed to register a single shot on goal and struggled to create any meaningful threat against Brighton and will have to dig deep in order to fashion an upset that seems outlandish against a well-drilled City scoring at sixes and sevens.
Source: Sports Brief News