Newcastle all but secured their Premier League status as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend. Ademola Lookman opened the scoring in the 30th minute before Bruno Guimaraes equalized in the 30th minute. Just when it looked like both teams would share the points, Guimaraes scored the match-winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal the three points for the hosts.
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (7), Schar (7), Burn (7), Targett (7), Shelvey (7), Joelinton (7), Guimaraes (8), Almiron (7), Saint-Maximin (6), Wood (6).
Subs: Willock (7), Murphy (6), Gayle (6).
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Justin (7), Amartey (6), Soyuncu (6), Thomas (6), Mendy (6), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Tielemans (6), Lookman (7), Perez (7), Daka (6).
Subs: Maddison (6), Barnes (6), Iheanacho (6).
Man of the match: Bruno Guimaraes
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “My emotions are very high after that. To score so late in the game was a massive, massive lift for everybody. I thought Leicester had control of the game but we had the best chances and our defensive resilience in the second half was excellent. We hung in there and made it difficult for them to penetrate us and we got rewarded for that with the counter-attacking goal at the end.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports: “It was very tough to take. We were the much better team and controlled most of the game. We scored a very good goal and had lots of moments in the game. Physically we were excellent considering we played Thursday. The message always is ‘if you control the ball, you control the game’. For some reason, right at the end, we decided to gift it away and they had a breakaway. It was very harsh on us. We started the game fantastically in the first 25 minutes. We were a little bit lost with the passing which gave them a lift, they got the goal, but then we controlled again, particularly in the second half where we moved them around the field and got into some excellent areas.”
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