Sunday, January 12, 2014


Mobbed: The Bosnian striker is congratulated by his team-mates after finding the back of the net

Two goals from Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo in the two half of the match moved Manchester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League, temporarily with a controversial 2-0 victory at Newcastle.
A well taken 30 yard equaliser from Ivorian, Cheick Tiote was ruled out controverially by by referee Mike Jones for offside.

The Ivory Coast international blasted home from distance, but after speaking to assistant Stephen Child, Jones ruled out the goal - to the fury of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who later became involved in an angry touchline spat with opposite number Manuel Pellegrini.

Not happy: Pardew doesn't hold back as argues with Pellegrini shortly before half-time

Manchester City took the lead in just eight minutes to go ahead when David Silva played Kolarov in behind Yanga-Mbiwa and his driven cross was thumped home by Dzeko.
Deadly: Dzeko runs off to celebrate his early goal at St James' Park as Krul clutches the ball
It could have been worse for the Magpies with the in-form Negredo just failing to connect with another Kolarov cross in front of goal and then looping a 15th-minute header on to the roof of Tim Krul's net.

But with Yohan Cabaye, who had started in a number 10 role behind lone striker Loic Remy, dropping deeper, the home side took a foothold in the game and gradually stemmed the tide.

Defender Steven Taylor stabbed a Cabaye corner wide, and the French international forced a fine 33rd-minute save from England keeper Joe Hart with a rasping shot from a near-impossible angle.

But the resulting corner brought controversy as Newcastle thought they had dragged themselves back into the game.

The ball was cleared to Tiote on the edge of the box and he unleashed the sweetest of left-foot strikes which left Hart rooted to the spot as it screamed into the back of the net.
Perfect strike: Cheick Tiote arrows the ball beyond City goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the corner of the goal but his effort is ruled out for offside
The midfielder, whose last goal for the club was a spectacular long-range equaliser in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in February 2011, set off on a joyous run, unaware that Jones was consulting his assistant.
Premature celebrations: Tiote celebrates his strike with his team-mates and the Newcastle bench before seeing it ruled out

Replays confirmed that Yoan Gouffran was one of three players in an offside position, and the pair decided the Frenchman was interfering with play, a view not shared by the vast majority of the 49,423 spectators inside St James' Park.
Ruled out: Assistant referee Stephen Child (right) indicates that Tiote's effort is offside because of Yoan Gouffran's position
In the way: Gouffran, who is in an offside position, ducks out of the way of Tiote's shot as Hart watches the ball fly into the net

Pardew was certainly of that persuasion and he and Pellegrini were involved in a heated exchange as the whistle approached.

Strong words: Pardew confronts referee Mike Jones about Tiote's disallowed goal as both teams head down the St James' Park tunnel
Buoyed by a sense of injustice, the Magpies returned in determined mood and Vurnon Anita forced a 48th-minute save from Hart before Remy was presented with a glorious opportunity to level.

Red hot: Negredo celebrates his late goal with City's travelling supporters
However, Negredo made sure City would displace Chelsea - 2-0 victors at Hull yesterday - deep into the 95th-minute, despite Krul blocking his initial effort.

Source: DailyMail

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