By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 0
Newcastle United 2 (Aarons 6, Sissoko 75)
Newcastle United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, dumping holders Manchester City out of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Aarons - returning from two months sidelined by a hamstring injury - got the visitors off to the perfect start with a superb individual effort, outpacing the City defence to slot home.
And Sissoko wrapped it up midway through the second period with a fine finish from a tight angle, just 11 minutes after his introduction.
The result was no less than Newcastle deserved for an outstanding performance which was dogged defensively - typified by a late Ryan Taylor block - and consistently dangerous on the break, with Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett also threatening.
And it was a third successive win for Alan Pardew's side, who are now in the last eight of the competition.
Yaya Toure had the first chance of the evening with less than five minutes on the clock.
After Ryan Taylor had pulled back David SIlva 20 yards out, the big Ivorian stepped up and curled the resulting free-kick over the wall but also over the bar.
And United made them pay, going straight up the other end and breaking the deadlock through teenager Aarons.
The wide man seized upon a loose ball out on the right following Taylor's challenge on Fernandinho, and promptly raced through the City defence before firing a low, angled strike into the far corner to send 3,000 travelling fans into delirium and stun the rest of the Etihad Stadium.
Buoyed by the goal, United went in search of number two. Taylor, making his first appearance in 26 months following successive cruciate ligament injuries, had the opportunity to net a trademark free-kick soon after, but the Tyne-Wear derby hero struck his effort into the wall.
City hit back and only a brilliant Rob Elliot save - clawing the ball away from almost point-blank range when Jovetic connected at the far post - kept the visitors' advantage in tact.
It was end to end stuff and Janmaat stung the palms of Willy Caballero with a fierce, rising drive, while at the other end Coloccini shanked a clearance against his own woodwork, trying to clear Kolarov's cross.
City were looking fragile defensively and Dummett almost exposed that on 32 minutes, meeting Taylor's deep corner completely unmarked at the far post, only to volley straight at Caballero from five yards.
Toure and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala both failed to find the target for City with half-time approaching, while in stoppage time, Adam Armstrong slid an effort agonisingly wide of the upright as United went into the break in front.
Sammy Ameobi was introduced at the interval in place of goalscorer Aarons but most of the early action in the second period was at the other end, as Manchester City applied some heavy pressure.
Kolarov whipped a dangerous cross through the six-yard box which was crying out for a touch, while an outstanding block from Dummett deflected Jovetic's strike away from danger.
Just past the hour mark Pardew made his final two changes of the evening - replacing Janmaat and Armstrong with Sissoko and Emmanuel Riviere.
And almost immediately United had a huge penalty shout waved away by referee Stuart Atwell.
Obertan was released in behind the home defence and as the wide man strode into the area, Kolarov challenged by sliding through the back of him. It looked a clear spot-kick but Mr Attwell waved away the Magpies' protests, much to the frustration of Pardew and his coaching staff.
However, that anger was short-lived as, in the 75th minute, Newcastle doubled their advantage.
When substitute Sissoko picked up the ball on the edge of the area there looked little on, but the midfield powerhouse bulldozed his way through the City defence before nonchalantly prodding a superb finish beyond Caballero.
With time running out, the hosts threw men forward in search of a route back into the game and should have got it when a pull-back found its way to Dzeko at the far post.
It was an a certain goal - a tap-in - but Taylor had other ideas, flinging himself heroically in the way to block the strike.
And that summed up United's night - a never-say-die attitude at both ends of the pitch, which got them everything they deserved, and ultimately a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Willy Caballero Bacary Sagna, Martin Demichelis, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (c) (Jesus Navas 59); James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, David Silva (Samir Nasri 9, Sergio Aguero 70); Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Dedryck Boyata, Fernando
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat (Moussa Sissoko 64), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong (Emmanuel Riviere 65), Rolando Aarons (Sammy Ameobi 46)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Bookings: Manchester City - Mangala (69), Aguero (74), Milner (84); Newcastle - Dummett (26), Ameobi (90)