Sergio Aguero put Manchester City into a 1-0 lead – with less than 60 seconds on the clock.
There might not have been any surprises that it was Manchester City who took the lead – but the time it took was more staggering
Manchester City, beaten by second half goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie’s penalty, look dead and buried.
The Premier League table – four points off Liverpool and a game ahead – makes grim reading this morning.
This is a dreadful result for City.
To their credit, once they had recovered from Aguero’s ridiculous goal inside the opening minute, they deserved.
Rafa deserves the accolades as well because this is a remarkable victory against a club as powerful as City.
Pep’s players had been scoring for fun, smashing everybody to bits after that poor Christmas period.
They looked like they were due a few more here when Aguero scored in front of the Gallowgate straight from the kick-off.
After that this place had been a ticking timebomb.
Benitez, terrified of an absolute shooing at home to the champions, can claim another masterclass now.
They had fallen behind when Aguero scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season when he turned in David Silva’s improvised header.
That kind of start would put any team at ease, but do not gift an opener like that to a team with Manchester City’s resources.