Newcastle’s outstanding performance last season was undoubtedly the spectacular come from behind win against Manchester City at St James’ Park, which blew the Premier League title race wide open.

The match was Pep Guardiola’s 100th Premier League game in charge of Man City, and his side was expected to steamroll Newcastle on their march towards overhauling Liverpool in the title chase.

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When Aguero – who else – put the visitors ahead in the first minute, it seemed that the perceived scenario would come to fruition, as all the pre-match planning to play a tight compact game from Rafa Benitez, looked to be out of the window from the outset.

And had one of the pivotal moments gone their way, Guardiola’s side could have had a second, and that would have been lights out for Newcastle.

Aguero found the net from a quick Kevin de Bruyne free-kick, only to see referee Paul Tierney book the Belgian, having already told him to wait for the whistle.

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It proved to be something of a turning point, and in the second half, the Magpies crept back into the game, and got an equaliser in the 66th minute, when Salomon Rondon volleyed a shot into the turf, which then looped over the keeper.

Joyous scenes erupted inside the ground, and fans started to believe the unlikely might just happen.


Newcastle’s comeback was complete a short while later

Their belief became reality with 12 minutes to go, as Sean Longstaff pinched the ball off Fernandinho, and the Brazilian brought the local lad down in the box, giving Newcastle a penalty.

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A two minute delay ensued, as Man City keeper, Ederson, had treatment. But it did not affect Matt Ritchie’s composure, as he slammed the ball low to the keeper’s left, to see it nestle in the back of the Gallowgate End net.

It kick-started delirious scenes all around the ground, and was enough to see Newcastle complete an incredible turnaround.

Of course, eventually, Manchester City would still go on to leapfrog Liverpool to the title, but it looked much less likely after that monumental, cold January Tuesday night on Tyneside.

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