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Published: 22:01 | 19/4/16

Newcastle and City draw

Points shared at St James' Park

Newcastle hit back to draw 1-1 with Manchester City at St James' Park, a result which does little for either side's respective causes at opposite ends of the Barclays Premier League table.

Sergio Aguero became the second-quickest player to reach 100 Premier League goals after heading the visitors into an early lead before Vurnon Anita equalised for the home side shortly after the half hour mark.

Aguero reached the milestone in 147 games for City, a feat bettered only by Magpies legend Alan Shearer who achieved it in just 124 games.

However, his effort wasn't enough to secure a crucial three points for City who remain in third place, just one point ahead of Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester United with both sides having played a game less.

Newcastle remain in 19th, two points away from safety with just four games left.

The game started at a frantic pace and Papiss Cisse headed just over for Newcastle early on after good work down the left from Andros Townsend.

But City were ahead on 14 minutes when Aguero headed in Aleksandar Kolarov's floated free-kick for his 100th Premier League strike.

However, Newcastle can count themselves unlucky as replays indicated that the Argentinian striker was at least two yards offside when the ball was played.

It could have been even worse for Rafa Benitez's side as Kevin De Bruyne blazed wide from a good position a short time later after Jamaal Lascelles had gifted possession to the Belgian midfielder 30 yards from goal.

Moussa Sissoko then fluffed a great chance to level matters but shot weakly at City goalkeeper Joe Hart from the edge of the penalty area after a fine individual run from deep inside his own half.

But Newcastle were level just after the half hour mark when right-back Anita collected a cross-field pass out on the right before evading Kolarov's challenge and rifling a low shot in off the far post.

It was no more than the home side deserved as they were showing plenty of fight against their illustrious opponents.

The second half began at the same frantic pace as the first with chances at both ends.

First, Hart was forced to race off his line to clear the ball to prevent Sissoko from getting a shot away after the Frenchman had blocked down the returning Vincent Kompany's attempted clearance before Newcastle goalkeeper Kevin Darlow just managed to divert a Jesus Navas effort out for a corner.

Pablo Zabaleta did well to prevent Aleksandar Mitrovic from getting his head to Townsend's teasing cross six yards from goal, as he diverted the former England winger's delivery out for a corner just after the hour mark.

Aguero and De Bruyne then combined well before the latter stung Darlow's hands with a rasping shot. The rebound fell to substitute Raheem Sterling but he was unable to find the target and the danger was cleared.

City had another chance five minutes from time as the home defence struggled to clear their lines, but Kolarov was narrowly off target with his effort from the edge of the penalty area.

At the other end, Hart produced a fine reflex save to deny substitute Georginio Wijnaldum after the Dutchman had dispossessed Kolarov deep inside his own half, but neither side could find a winner and had to be content with a point apiece.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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