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Newcastle one point from safety after thumping Leicester

Published on: 07 May 2021

All 11 of Callum Wilson's Premier League goals for Newcastle have been scored in the second half

Newcastle moved to within one point of Premier League safety with an impressive win over Champions League-chasing Leicester City.

Joe Willock put the visitors ahead with a cool finish after pouncing on an error from Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Paul Dummett doubled the Magpies' lead, rising above Wesley Fofana to head past Kasper Schmeichel from Matt Ritchie's corner, before Callum Wilson's second-half double wrapped up the three points.

From 4-0 down, the hosts grabbed two goals inside the last 10 minutes through Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho to give the Magpies a late scare.

The result moves Steve Bruce's side up to 13th, 12 points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham who have four games left.

Leicester, in third, remain five points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham but have now played a game more.

Foxes fearing a repeat of last season Leicester City have spent the entire Premier League season so far inside the top four

The evening started badly for Leicester when they were forced into a last-minute change minutes before kick-off, and things only went downhill from there.

Albrighton started in place of Jonny Evans, who limped down the tunnel after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

Two goal-bound efforts from Federico Fernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho were saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the early stages.

Dubravka was eventually beaten late in the second half, first by Albrighton's impressive strike from the edge of the box, followed by a low effort into the bottom right corner from Iheanacho. However, by then the damage had been done.

Manager Brendan Rodgers must be desperate to avoid a repeat of 2019-20, when they missed out on a place in the Champions League on the final day having spent almost all the season in the top four.

They have a tough conclusion to this season, visiting second-placed Manchester United on Tuesday and then travelling to fourth-placed Chelsea on 18 May, three days after facing them in the FA Cup final.

Leicester's final Premier League game is at home to Tottenham, who are sixth, on 23 May.

More to follow.

Player of the match

WilsonCallum Wilson

with an average of 8.70

    LeicesterLeicester CityLeicester CityNewcastleNewcastle UnitedNewcastle United

Leicester CityAvgSquad number14Player nameIheanachoAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameSchmeichelAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameAlbrightonAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameTielemansAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameFofanaAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameVardyAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameAyoze PérezAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameNdidiAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameCastagneAverage rating


Squad number33Player nameThomasAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameMendyAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameMaddisonAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameRicardo PereiraAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameSöyüncüAverage rating


Newcastle UnitedAvgSquad number13Player nameWilsonAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameWillockAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameDubravkaAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameSaint-MaximinAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameDummettAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameRitchieAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameAlmirónAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameMurphyAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameFernándezAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameShelveyAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameKrafthAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameJoelintonAverage rating


Squad number36Player nameS LongstaffAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameHendrickAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 3-4-1-2

1Schmeichel27Castagne3Fofana4Söyüncü21Ricardo Pereira8Tielemans25Ndidi11Albrighton10Maddison14Iheanacho9Vardy

    1Schmeichel27Castagne3Fofana4Söyüncü21Ricardo PereiraSubstituted forThomasat 69'minutes8Tielemans25NdidiSubstituted forPérezat 63'minutes11Albrighton10MaddisonSubstituted forMendyat 77'minutes14IheanachoBooked at 72mins9Vardy




Formation 5-3-2


    1Dubravka23Murphy17KrafthBooked at 56mins18Fernández3Dummett11Ritchie28WillockSubstituted forS Longstaffat 77'minutes8Shelvey24AlmirónSubstituted forHendrickat 88'minutes13Wilson10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forJoelintonat 84'minutes


    2Clark7Carroll9Joelinton12Gayle15Lewis16Hendrick19Manquillo29Gillespie36S Longstaff

Referee:Darren EnglandMatch StatsHome TeamLeicesterAway TeamNewcastlePossessionHome69%Away31%ShotsHome25Away14Shots on TargetHome9Away6CornersHome9Away6FoulsHome12Away9Live TextPost update

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.

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Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.

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Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Fernández with a headed pass.

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Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.

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Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

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Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

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Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

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Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

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Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Emil Krafth (Newcastle United).

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.


Substitution, Newcastle United. Jeff Hendrick replaces Miguel Almirón.


Goal! Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

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Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

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Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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