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After a long injury: De Bruyne’s fairytale comeback against Newcastle

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After a long injury: De Bruyne’s fairytale comeback against Newcastle

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De Bruyne’s fairytale comeback against Newcastle

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Thieving joy: Pep Guardiola (left) took three points from Newcastle thanks to Kevin De Bruyne

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Almost five months after his last league game, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne only needed four minutes to score a goal. In stoppage time, the substitute Belgian even scored the winning goal. The Champions League winner is now threatened with a failure in goal.

Kevin De Bruyne led Manchester City to victory in the Premier League after his injury layoff. The Belgian national soccer player scored on Saturday in the 3-2 (1-2) win at Newcastle United shortly after coming on as a substitute to make it 2-2 and set up Oscar Bobb’s winning goal in stoppage time. With 43 points, Pep Guardiola’s team is second in the table, two points behind Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC. De Bruyne last played in the Premier League on August 11, 2023 and then had to take a long break due to a thigh injury.

Without superstar Erling Haaland, who was still ailing, Manchester City suffered another loss early on. Goalkeeper Ederson was injured right at the start during a rescue attempt. Former Bielefeld Stefan Ortega made his second appearance of the season in the Premiere League. City were not shocked by the injury – on the contrary. After a pass from Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva scored with a heel to give the visitors the lead (26th minute). Just three minutes later, the Portuguese goalscorer hit the crossbar.

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Newcastle United, who had lost twice to Borussia Dortmund in the group stage of the Champions League, also responded with a dream goal: Ex-Dortmunder Alexander Isak completed a perfect counterattack with a shot into the far corner to make it 1-1 (35th). Just two minutes later, Anthony Gordon had the same idea: with a shot into the far corner, he gave Ortega no chance and mercilessly exploited the weaknesses of the City defense.

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City pressed after the break, but it was the return of De Bruyne who made the difference. The Belgian scored just four and a half minutes after coming on as a substitute with a well-placed low shot to make it 2-2 (74′). The former Bundesliga professional from Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg was also involved in the winning goal. The 20-year-old Norwegian Bobb brilliantly converted a long ball from the midfielder and made it 3-2 (90th + 1).

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