Newcastle 2 – 1 Leicester

Bruno Guimaraes’ last-minute header netted a 2-1 victory for Newcastle over Leicester to ensure the Magpies’ Premier League survival in dramatic circumstances at St James’ Park.

Guimaraes had canceled out Ademola Lookman’s opener when he headed home from a first-half corner, and the Brazilian then grabbed the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time when he headed in substitute Joe Willock’s deflected cross to spark wild celebrations inside the stadium.

The late goal was a blow for the Foxes, who fielded a heavily rotated side after their Europa Conference League effort on Thursday and looked more likely to get the breakthrough in the second half, but it was a huge moment for the hosts.

Newcastle, already 10 points clear of the drop zone before kick-off, widened the gap to 12 points through Guimaraes’ header as 18th-placed Burnley drew 1-1 with West Ham in Sunday’s other Premier League game.

They are not yet mathematically sure, but thanks to the two-goal heroics of their £40m January signing from Lyon, Eddie Howe and his players are in a good shape to look forward to another season of top football. and maybe a better future too.

Full match report to follow…

And after?

Newcastle hosts Crystal Palace and Leicester travel to Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday at 7.45pm.

Sky Sports

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