Shelvey’s late stunner earns Newcastle as Man City drop points again

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Manchester City’s hopes of defending their Premier League title were dealt another blow when Jonjo Shelvey’s stunning late equaliser earned Newcastle a point at St James’ Park.

Pep Guardiola must have thought his side had won it when Kevin de Bruyne found the net in the 82nd minute with a brilliant long-range effort which went in off the crossbar. But with two minutes of normal time remaining substitute Christian Atsu pulled the ball back for his team-mate Shelvey, who beat the dive of Ederson with his strike.

That is now 13 points dropped by Pep Guardiola’s side who are eight behind Liverpool before the leaders host Brighton at 15:00 GMT. It all began well for City when they took the lead after an early period of dominance.

David Silva, sorely missed by the champions in their recent defeat against Liverpool, highlighted his worth with a deft backheel to find Raheem Sterling, who curled in for his 14th goal this season.

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