Manchester City vs Newcastle United summary: score, goals, highlights | Premier League
Manchester City vs Newcastle United: As it happened
Manchester City secured an important win over Newcastle United with a fine first half strike from Julian Alvarez.
Pep Guardiola made changes to the team who beat Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, most notably Alvarez coming in for Cole Palmer on the right wing.
Palmer had been the scorer against Sevilla and it was Alvarez on the scoresheet this time, notching the only goal of the game. Midway through the first half the impressive Phil Foden darted into the Newcastle box before pulling the ball back to Alvarez, who was lurking on the edge of the box.
The Argentine forward took a touch, before rifling a right-footed effort past Nick Pope and into the top corner.
City, and Foden in particular, fashioned other half chances in the second half but neither side came particularly close to the back of the net.
The hosts were able to see out the win and the Etihad erupted in celebration on the final whistle as Manchester City began their home campaign with a hard-fought win.
City beat resolute Newcastle
The reigning champions made it two from two with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. City go level on points with Brighton & Hove Albion at the top of the table.
Akanji speaks to broadcasters after the game
"They are a great team and it wasn't easy."
"It wasn't easy after we played on Wednesday in Greece and the recovery was not easy. But we performed well today... I can't remember any clear chances for them, so I think we did well."
"Phil [Foden] is so good with his back to goal, in the half spaces, the way that he turns on the ball."
Guardiola gets one over on Howe, again
Very few managers can say that they have the edge over Pep Guardiola, and Eddie Howe is certainly not one of them. Pep's record at the Etihad really is something to behold.
They were not at their scintillating best against Newcastle but they looked assured in their victory. City keep on rolling after their UEFA Super Cup triumph on Wednesday.
Full time at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City see out the final stages to pick up a second win from two Premier League games this season.
That's their 17th consecutive victory at the Etihad Stadium. Pep's team go marching on.
Final moments now and a last chance for Newcastle to snatch a point.
Guardiola gesticulates wildly. Howe stands, hands in pockets, as the seconds tick away.
City play the fee kick out wide to Grealish on the left wing, who takes great joy in winning a throw-in by flicking the ball into the shins of a Newcastle defender.
The ball comes back in and Haaland does the exact same thing. If anything, it looked like he enjoys it even more.
City are looking more assured now and appear to have quelled the threat of a late Newcastle charge. They knock the ball around the midfield fairly comfortably.
Kovacic draws a foul from Guimares and City can use up a few more seconds.
The fourth official announces that there will be five minutes of added time at the Etihad Stadium.
Another opening for Foden, who has been the best player on the pitch tonight.
The ball is on his right foot this time and his shot from a narrow angle zips just wide of the Newcastle goal.
The ball is worked through to Foden on the right side of the Newcastle box. Walker sprints forward on an overlapping run but Foden cuts inside onto his left foot and fires at goal.
The effort is blocked, and Walker is furious.
City are looking to take the sting out of the game now, putting their foot on the ball whenever possible.
Newcastle need to try to push up the pitch and close the space. City defenders have too much time on the ball at the moment.
It's Newcastle who make a change.
Almiron is replaced by Livramento for the final minutes. He makes his debut for his new club.
Bizarrely, City have not yet made a single substitute.
They played in sweltering conditions on Wednesday and have had another tough proposition against Newcastle today. It doesn't look like anyone is being readied on the City bench.
Walker has the ball on the right wing for City and looks to slow the game down for his team. City lose the ball and Kovacic puts in a clumsy tackle in the middle of the pitch.
Newcastle win the free kick.
Into the last ten minutes now and it does feel like there's at least one more goal to come here.
Newcastle are pushing more players forward in search of an equaliser. City and only too willing to surge forward on the counter-attack when their forays forward break down.
A Newcastle attack breaks down and and Foden has acres to space to surge into. He looks to play in Haaland but Newcastle block the pass and they're back on the attack.
It's getting stretch now, gaps beginning to appear.
We're into the last 15 minutes of normal time and Newcastle are very much in the game here.
They haven't created many clear cut chances but they are starting to push forward now. Can they manufacture an opening in the final stages?
Grealish gets flattened by a non-nonsense challenge from Trippier.
City win a free kick close to the left touchline, midway into the Newcastle half. A chance to deliver for Foden and Grealish.
A powerful run from Almiron brings Newcastle forward but the move breaks down and City are back on the attack.
Rodri looks to play forward but the attack slows down and Newcastle get numbers back in position.
A glorious chance for Newcastle as Wilson pinches the ball off Rodri 35 yards from goal.
For a moment Newcastle looked to have a two-on-one against Dias but the City man managed to get in a vital block.
That was a major opening for Newcastle.
Wilson looks to be offering more of an out-ball for Newcastle, running the channels well and looking to stretch the City defence.
Two more subs for Newcastle as Anderson and Wilson come on, replacing Isak and Tonali.
Half chance for Newcastle as the ball lands with Bruno Guimares on the edge of the City box. He takes a poor touch and drags his shot wide.
Newcastle subs incoming...
It's that combination again, Foden finding Haaland in the Newcastle box.
This time it's on Haaland's right and he hits it low and hard. Pope sticks out a boot to block the effort.
City are finding gaps in the Newcastle defence a little more easily now.
Once again it's Foden who makes things happen, darting through the Newcastle midfield.
He feeds the ball through to Haaland, who cuts back onto his left. You expect the net to bulge but the Norwegian's left-footed effort trickles wide of the Newcastle goal.
Free kick to Newcastle is played short, only for Burn to clip the ball aimlessly forward for Ederson to claim.
A waste of an opportunity for the visitors.
Kovacic has been everywhere in the City midfield in the first hour, given a license to roam forward once Akanji drifts into the middle.
Newcastle are struggling to get to grips with the wandering Croatian.
Brilliant movement from Foden to make space for himself in the middle, poking the ball through for Haaland.
For a second it looks like he's in on goal but Schar puts in a brilliant saving tackle. The ball bobbles clear to safety.
Straight into the action, straight into the book.
It's an early yellow for the Newcastle substitute.
City are back on the ball and back on the attack. Rodri looks to slide in Haaland but Burn is there to cut out the pass.
Joelinton and Gordon are off, replaced by Sean Longstaff and Harvey Barnes.
It looks like the Newcastle midfielder sustained an injury in the process of that tackle. Subs incoming for newcastle now.
It's Newcastle midfielder Joelinton, who made the second tackle in the move, who picks up a booking.
Gordon's walking a tightrope now and it looks like he may soon be replaced by Barnes.
Big decision for the referee now after Anthony Gordon, who has already been booked, puts in a late challenge on Ruben Dias.
Let's see what happens...
Sweeper keeper Ederson is quick off his line to clear a long ball in behind.
Newcastle come forward again with Trippier on the right, who cross the ball from wide. It bounces around the City box until Gordon lashes the ball well over the crossbar.
Newcastle look to be starting a bit more on the front foot in the second half, looking to press City on the halfway line.
The visitors work the ball wide to Gordon on the left, who cut inside and lets fly. His effort striker his own man, Joelinton, and bounces out to safety.
Early booking for the Manchester City goalscorer.
Newcastle get us back underway
We're back at it for the second half!
The players are emerging from the tunnel for the second half.
Will Newcastle be tempted to make a change at the break? They have looked fairly solid at the back but haven't offered much attacking threat.
Eddie Howe has the likes of Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes to call upon in the second half. Both were introduced midway through the second half last week, and both got on the scoresheet.
Phil Foden the difference-maker for City
Manchester City will need someone to stand up in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne, and on tonight's evidence it looks like Phil Foden could be the man.
The 23-year-old has been at the centre of everything good for City so far and is finding gaps in between the Newcastle lines.
Alvarez and Foden celebrate breakthrough goal
Newcastle made it difficult for Manchester City in the opening 45 but the hosts are in the lead thanks to an emphatic strike from Julian Alvarez.
Julian Alvarez goal gives City the lead
It took a moment of quality to break the deadlock at the Etihad, and Julian Alvarez was the man to provide it.
Good play from Foden found Alvarez on the edge of the box and the Argentine fired expertly into the top corner. A brilliant finish that gave Pope no chance.
Half time at the Etihad
And that's all for the first half!
City have dominated the ball and found the breakthrough goal. Newcastle can take heart from a solid defensive display.
Guimares finds Almiron with a raking pass. Almiron plays it back to Tripper and the Englishman whips in a cross.
The balls lands at the feet of Gordon but he fails to get a strike away. City snuff out the opportunity and regain possession.
Newcastle enjoy a spell of possession to end the half, playing the ball nicely around the central third.
Can they fashion a late chance before the break?
We're going to have three minutes of added time at the Etihad Stadium.
Bursting run forward from Walker to tear across the pitch. He slips the ball to England teammate Grealish, who runs it to the byline and wins City a corner.
Newcastle clear the corner kick.
Pep Guardiola sits on a cooler on the touchline, right hand cradling his chin in a thoughtful pose.
The City boss is hard to please, but he must be pretty impressed with City's first half performance.
Ederson plays an incredible 60-yard pass out to Alvarez on the left wing. He squares the ball to Foden, who plays a neat through ball to Haaland.
It's on his left foot but Haaland drags his effort just wide of the Newcastle goal. A near miss for Newcastle.
Pep screams for a foul as Akanji is upended in the middle of the pitch, but the Swiss defender manages to sweep the ball out to Walker. Newcastle are looking a bit more ambitious as we approach the halftime break.
City clear the ball but Newcastle work it back to Gordon on the wing. The ball is deflected out of play.
Momentary pause for a VAR check for a potential Kovacic handball. Nothing doing, we move on.
A foray forward from Almiron brings his team up the pitch, relieving the pressure on the Toon defence for a moment.
Joelinton is fouled by Rodri in the middle of the pitch and Newcastle look to swing it into the box.
A City free kick falls to Kovacic on the edge of the box. Once again the Croatian midfielder lets fly from distance and once again a Newcastle defender is there to block the effort.
It was a brilliant goal from Manchester City.
Foden, who is growing in influence, skipped into the right side of the Newcastle box and managed to pull the ball back to Alvarez. The Argentine was lurking on the edge and, after taking a touch to set himself, fired a right-footed effort into the far top corner.
The hosts take a deserved lead.
GOOOOAAAAL! Julian Alvarez
And there's the break through!
A brilliant finish from the World Cup winner to smash the ball into the top corner from 18 yards. No chance for Pope in the Newcastle goal.
City are really posing some questions now as both Grealish and Kovacic have shots from the edge of the box blocked.
Newcastle defend resolutely, but City's pressure is building.
Good play from Foden who sets Grealish running into space on the left wing. He fires in a low cross but Haaland had peeled off to the back post, allowing Botman to boot the ball clear.
Rodri picks up the ball 35 yards from the Newcastle goal and floats a ball to Walker on the right wing. There's a little too much on the pass and Walker can't quite reach it, but there was space in behind there.
There's an interesting game of cat and mouse unfolding on the City right/Newcastle left.
Both Walker and Gordon are looking to push up high and disrupt the other's natural game, leaving some big gaps in the opening stages. Walker is a real threat going forward but that looks like it could be an area for Newcastle to exploit.
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)
The young Englishman gets the game's first booking for that tackle.
Dias is back on his feet and fine to continue.
Ruben Dias (Man City)
Gordan's challenge on the Portuguese defender is a little reckless, dragging his studs down the side of Dias' calf. The City man is down.
The ball's back with City now as the home crowd look to lift the intensity.
Grealish and Alvarez link up well on the left flank but Trippier is across to cover.
Isak gets the ball on the edge and holds it up well, under intense pressure. He works the ball to Joelinton but his right-footed shot is blocked by Akanji.
Rodri lobs a ball forward over the Newcastle defence and Trippier runs back to clear up the danger.
Twenty minutes in, Newcastle will probably be the happier of the two sides so far.
A bit of possession for Newcastle now, the first that they've had so far.
Guimares patrols just in front of the Newcastle backline, allowing Tonali and Joelinton to move further ahead and find pockets of space.
Newcastle get the ball up to Isak, who makes a brialliant turn in the middle of the pitch. He sends Gordan sweeping forward on the left and the Englishman sends in a tempting low cross.
No one there to connect for Newcastle, but a reminder of the quality that they have on the break.
Brilliant ball from Kovacic nearly set Haaland in on goal but it's a little ahead of him.
City are looking content just passing around the midfield, before trying to switch with a sudden direct pass. Hasn't quite come off yet, but they look dangerous.
Foden twists and turns in the box before laying it back to Akanji, ostensibly a defender but found lingering on the edge of the box. He fires well over.
Nearly an opening for Haaland as he nicks the ball off Newcastle on the edge of their own box. He exchanges a sharp one-two with Foden but can't quite latch on to the return pass.
Bit of a warning for Newcastle, there.
Newcastle United will be reasonably happy with the opening ten minutes at the Etihad, keeping City at arms length.
City have, of course, had the lion's share of possession, but Newcastle have looked organised in their defensive shape.
Grealish jinks in from the left wing and looks to fire in a shot with his right foot but England teammate Trippier is there to block his effort.
It looks like Dias and Gvardiol will form the central defensive duo when City are in possession, allowing Akanji to step into the midfield. Walker is playing high and wide on the right side.
Haaland looks to squeeze the ball through the Newcastle defence for the onrushing Foden, but Schar is there to block the pass. Fairly quiet on the pitch so far, but the City fans are in good voice.
We're back underway after a brief pause and Schar will indeed continue.
City are dominating possession in the early stages, with Foden playing close to Haaland in the central areas.
Schar (Newcastle United)
Early concern for the visitors as the big defender lands awkwardly after winning a header. Looks like he should be okay to continue.
And we're off!
The hosts kick off at the Etihad Stadium and get straight on the front foot with a long clearance from Ederson.
Decorations cleared and fireworks ceased, we're nearly ready for kick off between City and NEwcastle.
CIty to get us underway...
ICYMI: Man City vs Newcastle line ups
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol, Rodri, Kovacic, Foden, Alvarez, Grealish, Haaland.
Newcastle United starting XI: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Tonali, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Isak, Gordon.
Incredible roar in the Etihad Stadium as the Manchester City fans welcome their treble-winning side out for the first home game of the new season.
There's a huge 'TREBLE WINNERS' flag draped across the pitch and fireworks were lit as the team stepped out onto the turf. Just moments to go until kick-off now.
Pep gives Kovacic and Alvarez chances from the start
Two players with something to prove for City - Mateo Kovacic and Julian Alvarez - will be looking to cement their places in the starting XI this season. The Croatian arrived from Chelsea this summer and is tasked with replacing Ilkay Gundogan; Alvarez looked good in his first season but it yet to nail down a starting berth.
Newcastle's extraordinary Etihad record
Newcastle have recorded 14 consecutive defeats in recent fixtures at the Etihad Stadium and they face a strong Man City team again today.
Let's see if they can muster a famous win. Or even a point.
We're just minutes away from kick-off at the Etihad Stadium and the City faithful are in good voice.
A trio of City legends receive warm applause as they arrive on the turf with the three trophies won last season, culminating with Joe Corrigan with the Champions League trophy.
Kick off in five minutes...
Pep Guardiola ready for the challenge of Newcastle
"We saw how good Newcastle are against Aston Villa, in a short time they have put themselves at the level they want to be at.
"Their recruitment is fantastic so the quality is there… We are ready for a challenge and are happy to be home."
Treble trophies on display at the Etihad
Today is Man City's first home fixture of the season and it's the first chance for many of their match-going fans to see the trio of trophies that the club won in a historic 2022/23 campaign. City not only retained the Premier League title, they also added the FA Cup and the first Champions League in the club's history.
All three are on display at the Etihad today...
Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United
Elsewhere in the Premier League, City's local rivals Manchester United were beaten by a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur side. Both sides will be hoping to secure a top four spot this season but it is Spurs who took the three points at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium
Kick-off approaches at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City host Newcastle United in little over half an hour, in a game that will give a better sense of the quality of both sides. Both had fairly comfortable victories in their opening Premier League fixtures but now face a real test.
As reigning champions City will go into the game as favourites, but Newcastle are among the best teams in England at the moment. They qualified for the Champions League last season and have looked to push on with the signings of Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes. Can they put down a marker against the European champions?
Newcastle boss delighted with Sandro Tonali debut
"He's settled in really well. He seems to have made an instant connection with the supporters and it reminds me of Bruno [Guimareas] when he arrived. When you get the love of the fans, it elevates you to a place you're not sure you would get to without it."
City begin their 2023/24 campaign at the Etihad
For the first time this season, Manchester City are in action in front of their home crowd at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola has named an attacking line up for the visit of Newcastle United today.
Foden, Alvarez, Grealish and Haaland all start for City.
We'll have full live coverage of Manchester City vs Newcastle United right here, but viewers in the United States can also watch or stream the match online.
Here's everything you need to know...
And here's how Newcastle line up...
No changes for Newcastle United after a stunning 5-1 victory over Aston Villa last weekend. Eddie Howe's men are in good form and will will to continue that against City.
Here's the Man City team for tonight...
Julian Alvarez is added to the frontline in place of Cole Palmer, while Ruben Dias and Manuel Akanji form the central defensive pairing for City.
The Toon are in town
Newcastle United arrived at the Etihad Stadium moment ago ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City. Newcastle started their season with a 5-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend and look to have picked up where they left off in 2022/23.
Their big summer signing, Sandro Tonali, scored on his debut and has added real quality to the midfield.
Pep Guardiola rages against intense European football schedule
“When I did pre-season, I had 25 days to get ready for my first competitive match. Now they give you four or five days and look how many players are injured."
"They make you go to Asia or the United States to play against rivals or in derby games...and players suffer physically."
"The Champions League finishes then national teams play for two or three weeks. Next year, it’ll be the Club World Cup in the United States with 37 teams.
"Before it was the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League. It’s too much”.
Man City picked up Super League trophy on Wednesday
Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City added another prize to their bulging collection last week, defeating Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup. Kyle Walker, captain for the night, lifted the trophy after a hard-fought performance from Guardiola's men.
The game was played in sweltering conditions in Greece and players were given a water break at the midway point in both halves to help stave off dehydration. Will their midweek exploits affect them against Newcastle?
Can Alexander Isak be a difference-maker for Newcastle?
After an opening day thrashing of Aston Villa, Newcastle United will be confident as they head to Manchester City today. They secured Champions League qualification last season and have looked to strengthen in the summer transfer window.
They will also be looking for more from Alexander Isak, the club-record signing when he joined from Real Sociedad last year. Ahead of the trip to City, here's what Eddie Howe had to say on the Swedish striker.
We should have team news for Man City vs Newcastle in around half an hour. One of the big questions for Pep Guardiola will be how to replace Kevin de Bruyne, the mercurial midfielder who has been at the centre of City's recent successes.
Will Phil Foden or Bernardo Silva be dropped into the midfield, or will Pep think outside the box once again?
Here's what we know so far about De Bruyne's hamstring injury...
What time is Manchester City vs Newcastle?
With thanks to the social media team at Manchester City, here are the kick-off times wherever you are in the world.
For supporters in the United States, kick-off at the Etihad Stadium will be at 12:00 (PT) / 15:00 (ET).
Manchester City return to Premier League action after securing their first piece of silverware of the season mid-week. Pep Guardiola's side beat Sevilla on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in their history.
They went behind to the LaLiga side and struggled to break down their resolute defending. City needed a moment of magic from young winger Cole Palmer to drag themselves back into the tie, taking it to a penalty shoot out.
City scored all five of their spot kicks to lift the trophy. Can they carry that momentum into a tough clash with Newcastle? We're about to find out.
Hello and welcome to AS USA, where we'll be bringing you live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Newcastle United.
I'm Will Gittins and I'll be taking you through all the action from the Etihad Stadium.
Away we go...