In years to come, if Newcastle is contending for Premier League and Champions League titles as widely expected,
the Saudi-funded team might look back on this game as the one when it truly arrived as a force in soccer.
Few opponents have given Manchester City the kind of battering Newcastle dished out in the first half of a rip-roaring 3-3 draw on Sunday.
And when Kieran Trippier curled a stunning free kick into the top corner to put a rampant Newcastle 3-1 ahead in the 54th minute,
it looked as if City was going to slump to one of its heaviest Premier League losses under Pep Guardiola.
However, City is the defending champion for a reason and goals in the 60th by Erling Haaland and the 64th by Bernardo Silva
following a wondrous pass from Kevin De Bruyne — salvaged a point that will be gratefully accepted by Guardiola.
“We said before the game we wanted to go toe-to-toe with them and that's what we did,” Trippier said. “It just shows how far we've come.”
Indeed, this was a warning served by one of European soccer’s growing forces nearly a year into the reign of Saudi Arabia's Public