De Bruyne Inspires Manchester City's Remarkable 3-2 Comeback
In a remarkable comeback, Kevin De Bruyne delivered a match-winning performance during his first Premier League appearance since August. Manchester City overturned a deficit to beat Newcastle United 3-2 in an enthralling contest.
City found themselves trailing at halftime after Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon swiftly responded to Bernardo Silva's exquisite opener. However, De Bruyne, coming off the bench, not only equalized but also provided the assist for Oscar Bobb to secure all three points with a stoppage-time goal, marking his first Premier League goal.
This victory marked Manchester City's third consecutive win, placing the reigning champions just two points behind league leaders Liverpool, having played the same number of matches.
The match commenced dramatically, with Sean Longstaff seemingly scoring for Newcastle in the second minute, only for the goal to be disallowed due to offside in the build-up. Notably, the incident resulted in City's goalkeeper Ederson sustaining an injury after colliding with teammate Kyle Walker. Despite initially playing on, Ederson was eventually replaced by Stefan Ortega.
Both teams created opportunities, with Miguel Almiron's cutback narrowly missing Isak, while Silva's attempt for City sailed over the crossbar. City took a deserved lead in the 26th minute when Walker's low cross was skillfully flicked in by Silva.
Newcastle responded eight minutes later as Isak capitalized on a brilliant Bruno Guimaraes pass, curling a precise strike beyond Ortega into the top right-hand corner. The home side seized the lead two minutes afterward when Gordon emulated Isak's finish, curling a powerful shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
The match continued to be intense, with Isak testing Ortega and Julian Alvarez being denied twice by Martin Dubravka. Kevin De Bruyne's entrance in the 69th minute proved to be the turning point, ultimately leading City to a thrilling comeback victory.