x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 3

Yaya Toure helped Manchester City stay in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester United by sealing a hard-fought win at Newcastle United.

Javi Garcia and David Silva of Manchester City celebrate Manchester City's second goal against Newcastle United. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Javi Garcia and David Silva of Manchester City celebrate Manchester City's second goal against Newcastle United. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

MANCHESTER // Manchester City defender Kolo Toure stressed the importance of the 3-1 victory at Newcastle United following the derby defeat against rivals Manchester United last weekend.

“It was really important to react after the loss against United,” he told Sky Sports 2. “For us it was about coming here to get three points. It’s not easy to come here and play against Newcastle. We showed great character – we were really strong.”

City took the lead in magnificently constructed style with 10 minutes gone when a Yaya Toure pass split the home defence and Samir Nasri unselfishly squared for Sergio Aguero to slide the ball into the empty net.

City doubled their lead with six minutes of the half remaining as Javi Garcia met Silva’s left-wing corner with a header.

Yaya, who scored City’s vthird goal after Demba Ba had given Newcastle hope with his 11th league goal of the season, said: “We needed a result today. I think we deserved to win because we played well.”

City manager Roberto Mancini said the absence of Mario Balotelli was not a signal his career at the club was over but because he needed to train.

Asked if the Italian still had a future at City, Mancini said: “Yes. Why not?

“He was at home only because he needs to work.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: “I was happy with a lot of things we did. We opened them up on a lot of occasions. But they are a good side. Their best players played well today.

“I was proud of my players in the second half. We came out with intent.”

Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse after Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov became involved in a heated exchange with a spectator at St James’ Park.

Northumbria Police confirmed they had received a complaint in the wake of City’s 3-1 victory.

A spokesman said: “Northumbria Police has received a report of racist language having been used at the St James’ Park stadium during the Newcastle United v Manchester City match today.

“Northumbria Police takes such allegations extremely seriously and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.”

It is understood 27-year-old Serbia international Kolarov became involved in a lengthy exchange with a supporter carrying an Albania flag as he warmed up on the sideline during the game.

There is a long history of tension between Serbia and Albania, particularly over the disputed Kosovo region.

Neither club was commenting on the matter yesterday, although it is understood that Kolarov will be spoken to by police next week.

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