This is how we saw the game today – as it happened.
Newcastle made a good start in the first five minutes or so, and had lots of of the ball and launched some good attacks. But then City started to come more into the game, and after 11 minutes Tim Krul made a nice save from Silva low to his left and held the ball well.
On 17 minutes as City were starting to press, Tim Krul made another decent stop from Aguero. But then on 20 minutes Krul was in no-mans land as he came out to his left for the ball, but didn’t get it, and it was Mike Williamson who hacked the ball away for a corner to save the situation.
On 27 minutes City had a free kick on the left, just outside the penalty box, but Tevez’ shot was well saved by the Newcastle goalkeeper low to his right.
On 29 minutes Newcastle broke quickly with Ben Arfa on the right wing, and the French winger gave the ball inside to Demba Ba, who tried his luck from 30 yards out with his left foot, but the ball went over the bar.
Then Perch fouled a player on the half way line, and he became the third Newcastle player to receive a yellow card, after Ben Arfa and Tiote had previously been booked.
On 34 minutes Demba Ba had a shot blocked and the ball was hit on the volley by Ben Arfa, who hit the ball with his right foot, but Joe Hart made a good save to his left.
Newcastle were coming more into the game now, and a Ben Arfa cross from the left was met well by Ba, but he headed the ball over from about 12 yards out.
Then a minute later Gareth Barry had a shot kicked off the line by Davide Santon, and that was the second game in a row the Italian had made a terrific goal line clearance.
The half time whistle blew and it was still 0-0, with the game evenly balanced, and both sides going close to scoring. Both sides needed the win today, so we should see both sides increasing the tempo in the second half.
Gutierrez became the 4th Newcastle player to go in the book, when Howard Webb gave Zabaleta a soft free kick, after he dived under what looked like a fair challenge from Jonas – but then Jonas kicked the ball away.
City had a free kick just outside the box, which Toure lined up to take, but he shot a foot over the bar, with Tim Krul covering. Manchester City were now pressing forward to try to get a goal, as a draw wouldn’t be much good to them.
Then after what looked like ping-pong in the Newcastle penalty area, Carlos Tevez had a half chance but shot well wide from a decent position. City players were starting to get a little edgy and after 55 minutes Carloz Tevez tried a shot from 25 yards out which was easily saved by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba beautifully brought the ball down just inside his own half, and tried to play Papiss Cisse through the middle, but his pass was off base.
Newcastle were giving a very tidy team performance, and they were just about holding the Manchester City forwards, who were starting to become just a little frustrated with things, which was good news for Newcastle.
After 62 minutes the games was still very finely balanced. It was ping-pong again in the Newcastle penalty area after 65 minutes, as Manchester City tried to get the ball into the net, but finally captain Fabricio Coloccini came away with the ball, to great applause from the home crowd.
City were starting to mount some terrific pressure on the Newcastle defense, and following a corner there was a foul by Lescott on Tim Krul, and that gave the Magpies a free kick and a little relief.
With 22 minutes to go Demba Ba made a good run on the left, but his shot was blocked and then cleared, as Newcastle were trying to mount quick counter-attacks as City had to press forward to get a goal.
Then on 70 minutes Mancsheter City went ahead.
Toure took the ball through and did a quick one two with Aguero, and he then guided the ball beautifully into the back of the net to put Manchester City 1-0 up. That was the all important first goal – and City got it.
After 74 minutes Shane Ferguson was brought on for James Perch, and Shola Ameobi for Ben Arfa, as Alan Pardew tried to get some thrust back into the Newcastle attack.
Then shortly after, Aguero was clean through but he put the ball just inches wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post – that could be an important miss by City.
On 78 minutes Papiss Cisse, who had not been in the game much at all, headed over from a right wing cross from Shola Ameobi.
Then on 82 minutes a right wing cross from a free kick came into Newcastle’s penalty area, and Toure headed wide, but the Ivorian should have done better.
Toure was through again on 84 minutes but Krul somehow stopped his shot, when it looked like he must score – and the ball went loose to Aguero who shot over the bar, but the TV replays showed it had touched Krul on the way, and it was a corner.
But then on 89 minutes any chance Newcastle had of drawing level went out of the window, when Clichy broke quickly down the left and Newcastle had been caught short at the back, and the Frenchman put the ball to Toure who was wide open a few yards out, and he swept the ball home.
Terrible defending from Newcastle but they couldn’t get enough players back in time.
After three minutes of injury time that was it – and Newcastle lost their final game 2-0, and it looks like Manchester city will be Premier League Champions.
It was a bridge too far for this gallant Newcastle side this afternoon, but the lads gave a very solid team performance against a top side – in fact the best team money can buy.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon: Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Manchester City: Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, David Silva; Sergio Aguero
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko