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Leicester stumble in UEFA Champions League race after 2-4 loss to Newcastle

Callum Wilson scored a brace in the second half to add to two first half goals from Joe Willock and Paul Dummett. Albrighton and Iheancao scored late consolation goals for Leicester.

Callum Wilson scored a brace as Newcastle beat Leicester 4-2 at King Power stadium; Credit: Twitter/@NUFC
By Sreejith C R | May 8, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Callum Wilson scored a brace in the second half at the King Power stadium on Friday to help Newcastle take a giant leap towards safety. Joe Willock opened the scoring and Paul Dummett extended the lead in the first half. Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanach scored two late consolation goals for the home side. Brendan Rodgers’ side desperately needed to win this match to stay in the Champions League race. With Leciester’s loss, fourth placed Chelsea have a chance to overtake them with a win at Manchester City on Saturday. Newcastle United almost ensured their survival in the Premier League with the win.

Joe willock opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 22nd minute. Caglar Soyuncu’s carelessness lead to Willock stealing the ball from the defenders miss-control and the Englishman slotted the ball past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmiechel to make the score 1-0. Paul Dummett extended the lead in the 34th minute. The central defender rose above his marker Forfana to head in an in-swinging corner from the right flank.

Newcastle on the charge

Callum Wilson made it 3-0 for the away side in the 64th minute. Matt Richie’s long pass found Wilson’s run as the Leicester defense failed to cut the pass. The English striker calmly scored his 11th goal of the season. Nine minutes later, Wilson got his second of the night. Miguel Almiron’s through ball found Wilson inside the penalty box, he tried to curl the ball in with his right foot, but hit the post and came back to his path and finished it off in the follow up.

Leicester scored two late goals through Albrighton and Iheanacho. Albrighton drilled in a shot from just inside the penalty box in the 80th minute to make it 1-4 for Leicester. Seven minutes later, Iheanacho made it 2-4 for Leicester with a low drive from just inside the penalty area. Leicester’s defence was all over the place and mistakes at the back cost them the game. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had an excellent game. The Slovak denied the Leicester on a number of occasions to seal the three points for Newcastle.

After the win, Steve Bruce’s side are placed 13th in the points table with 39 points form 35 games. They are 12 points away from the relegation zone and almost ensured survival. The Foxes are placed third in the points table with 63 points from 35 games. They have a two-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea, who will play away to Man City on Saturday. Leicester will next play Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham in their remaining fixtures.



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