Newcastle has advanced to the Premier League’s top with a stunning victory over Leicester City in the Champions League.
Joe Willock put the visitors ahead with a good ending. After a foul by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu‘s error.
Paul Dummett doubled the Magpies’ lead, climbing over Wesley Fofana past Kasper Schmeichel in the corner of Matt Ritchie. Before Callum, Wilson’s second-half wrapped up two points.
From a 4-0 down, the hosts had scored two goals ten minutes ago, with Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho giving the Magpies a late start.
The result moved Steve Bruce’s side to 13th place. With 12 points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham with four games.
Leicester, third, are five points adrift of fifth-placed West Ham. However, they have now played a different game.
“I have had always been quietly saying for weeks that we will only be ready when we bring back our top players. My staff has worked tirelessly to make sure we get to this position,” Bruce said.
“We answered it promptly. Generally, 39 points are enough. We are at an astonishing height of 13.
“We have not done that yet. But we have made great progress in the last few weeks.”
Leicester is afraid of a repeat of last season.
The evening got off to a bad start for Leicester when they got forced to change in the final minutes. Before starting the game, and things went downhill from there.
Albrighton started in place of Jonny Evans, who was limping down the tunnel. After sustaining injuries during a warm-up.
It was a bad sign of defense from the Foxes side, who have used the entire season so far within the top four.
“Jonny Evans is the backbone of our backline. And when he left the team, that was a big thing for us. However, we have to defend better,” Rodgers said.
Two attempts by Federico Fernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho were saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka early on.
Dubravka was beaten late in the second half, the first by Albrighton’s spectacular strike at the edge of the box. The goal got followed by a low effort in the lower right corner from Iheanacho.
Rodgers wants to avoid a rematch of 2019-20. When they miss out on a place in the Champions League on the final day, they have spent most of the season in the top four.
“We have made it very difficult for us. But it is still in our hands. We have to fight, and we are a united team,” Rodger added.
Leicester has had a difficult time this season, visiting second-placed Manchester United on Tuesday. And they are moving to fourth-placed Chelsea on May 18. Only three days after facing them in the FA Cup final.
Their last Premier League match is at home to Tottenham, the sixth, on May 23.
Magpies are on the verge of their fifth consecutive season.
The Magpies are on the verge of their fifth consecutive season in the Premier League.
Newcastle flew off the block at King Power Stadium and took advantage of the fox defense.
Their first real opportunity fell to Federico Fernandez, who approached with a head-to-head scratch for Jonjo Shelvey.
Shortly afterward, Allan Saint-Maximin got rejected from ten yards. Out on a beautiful train from Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester got warned, and it did not take long for them to get punished.
Soyuncu’s ingenuity backfired when Arsenal loanee Willock, who missed the final game of the Magpies. Due to his unfitness to play with his parents’ team.
He chased the Turkish defender’s wrong chance before ending his recovery and passing to Schmeichel. He has now scored four goals in a row.
Dummett’s first Premier League goal since January 2016 extended Newcastle’s lead. And Wilson put them in an undisclosed position, with two goals within nine and a half minutes.
A brilliant pass down the left from Matt Ritchie got the best of Timothy Castagne. After leaving, Wilson moving forward and circling Schmeichel to finish quickly.
His second came back from the post from ten yards out. But he measured before.