In a match that reminded Pep Guardiola of the occasional overrated value of possession, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle team underwent a transformation in the second half with the introduction of Bruno Guimarães and Anthony Gordon. Their impact nullified Manchester City’s earlier dominance and paved the way for Alexander Isak’s match-winning goal in the second half. This victory not only earned Howe’s side a spot in the fourth round but also granted them the “Gulf derby” bragging rights, now held by Saudi Arabia.
Guardiola left Tyneside with some mild frustration regarding the officiating, which he believed didn’t adequately protect his City players. Furthermore, his mood wasn’t improved by the fact that the club failed to arrange a plane for the team’s return to Manchester, resulting in a tiring three-hour coach journey home. Despite these inconveniences, Guardiola appeared relatively composed about his team’s first defeat of the season.
In a Carabao Cup showdown that saw Manchester City facing off against Newcastle United, both teams made significant changes to their lineups compared to their weekend Premier League fixtures. This highly anticipated match was an opportunity for less-featured players to shine, and it certainly provided some intriguing moments.
First Half Dominance
The initial 45 minutes of the match witnessed Manchester City asserting their dominance, controlling the game’s tempo with an impressive 73% possession. Oscar Bobb, in particular, showcased his skills, driving the team forward and creating numerous opportunities. However, despite their clear dominance, City couldn’t find the back of the net, thanks to Nick Pope’s crucial saves.
Stefan Ortega Moreno’s Heroics
As the first half drew to a close, Newcastle United launched a counter-attack, and it seemed as if Jacob Murphy might break the deadlock. However, City’s goalkeeper, Stefan Ortega Moreno, displayed his exceptional shot-stopping abilities with a remarkable save. This ensured that both teams went into halftime level on the scoreboard, much to the surprise of City fans who had expected their team to be ahead.
Newcastle’s Second-Half Turnaround
The second half brought a change in the game’s dynamic. Newcastle made some impactful substitutions, and City found themselves under pressure. Errors in possession became more frequent, and City finally conceded a goal. Alexander Isak found the net following a low cross from Joelinton. The home team’s physical approach and the enthusiastic crowd support added to City’s challenges.
Tonight's winner! 😍🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/7B1kGdmI42— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 27, 2023
Fractious Affair and Yellow Cards
As the game intensified, the referee had to issue a flurry of yellow cards to keep the match from boiling over. Even Pep Guardiola, City’s manager, received a yellow card for his frustration. The physicality and aggression from both sides characterized the second half.
Manchester City’s Late Chances
Although City had fewer opportunities in the second half, Matheus Nunes came close to scoring, only to be denied by Tino Livramento’s well-timed challenge. Rico Lewis also fired a shot inches wide as City pushed for an equalizer. However, the home side held firm in the closing minutes.
Oscar Bobb Shines on Debut
One of the standout performers of the match was 20-year-old Norwegian Oscar Bobb, making his debut. Bobb displayed composure and skill in his attacking play. His ability to find space and provide excellent passes in tight spaces impressed spectators.
Outcome and Pep’s Reaction
Manchester City’s Carabao Cup adventure ended with this defeat, a challenging task against an in-form Newcastle United. Despite the loss, there were no significant injury concerns for City, and several players gained valuable playing time. Pep Guardiola acknowledged the team’s performance and Newcastle’s increased aggression in the second half.
Manchester City’s next fixture is in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, presenting another opportunity to bounce back.
Newcastle Secures Manchester United Clash as Isak Knocks City Out of Carabao Cup.
- Newcastle United XI: Pope, Livramento, Lascelles (c), Dummett (Schar 90+4), Targett, Hall (Gordon 46), L Miley (Guimarães 46 ), Tonali (Anderson 90), Murphy, Joelinton , Isak (Almiron 62)
- Manchester City XI: Ortega Moreno, Lewis, Akanji, Gvardiol, Ake (Nunes 68), Gomez, Phillips, Kovacic (Doku 68), Bobb, Grealish, Alvarez (Foden 73)
While Manchester City’s Carabao Cup journey ended prematurely with this loss to Newcastle United, the match provided moments of excitement, particularly in the first half. Oscar Bobb’s debut performance showcased a promising talent, and City now shifts its focus to the upcoming Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Full Fourth-Round Draw
- Mansfield vs. Port Vale
- Ipswich Town vs. Fulham
- Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
- Bournemouth vs. Liverpool
- Chelsea vs. Blackburn Rovers
- West Ham vs. Arsenal
- Everton vs. Burnley
- Exeter vs. Middlesbrough
These fixtures are scheduled to take place on October 31 and November 1.