After defeating Newcastle, Manchester City soared to second spot in Premier League, just two points behind leaders Liverpool

De Bruyne celebrates with Guardiola. — Reuters

Manchester City, fueled by the magical return of Kevin De Bruyne, orchestrated a late comeback to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory against Newcastle United. 

De Bruyne, making his first Premier League appearance since the season's kick-off due to a hamstring injury, entered the fray in the 69th minute. His presence on the field ignited a stunning turnaround that left the fans in awe.

The match had started with City taking an early lead through Bernardo Silva, displaying finesse with a 26th-minute back-heeled finish. However, Newcastle responded swiftly, with Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon netting goals to put them ahead. With the home team holding a 2-1 lead and City missing chances, the stage was set for De Bruyne's heroics.

In a five-minute span, the Belgian maestro showcased his brilliance. De Bruyne leveled the score with a trademark silky finish, showcasing his class and footballing acumen. The drama reached its pinnacle in stoppage time when De Bruyne's precision pass set up Oscar Bobb for his debut Premier League goal, securing the comeback win.

City's celebration at the final whistle not only marked the three points but also propelled them to the second spot in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Liverpool. The win highlighted City's determination to vie for their fourth consecutive title.

Pep Guardiola, despite having a squad filled with talent, acknowledged the irreplaceable role played by De Bruyne. The midfielder's return couldn't have been more timely, injecting fresh energy into City's pursuit of silverware. 

Bobb, the beneficiary of De Bruyne's crucial assist, expressed gratitude, recognizing De Bruyne as not only one of the Premier League's greatest players but also a genuinely nice person.

For Newcastle, the defeat marked their fourth successive setback, placing them in the 10th spot. As City's season gains momentum, Newcastle faces the daunting task of reversing their downward trajectory. 

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