Joe Willock’s thunderous second-half aim earned Newcastle United a gritty 1-0 win over Chelsea at St James’ Park on Saturday and consolidated third place within the Premier League of their last fixture earlier than the World Cup.
Miguel Almiron minimize inside Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly and nudged the ball into the trail of the onrushing Willock, who unleashed a robust first-time effort that flew previous goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to bag his second league aim in as many video games.
After a fifth straight league win, Newcastle have 30 factors and sit two factors behind second-placed Manchester Metropolis whereas Chelsea are degree on 21 factors with Brighton & Hove Albion however behind them in eighth place, having performed a sport extra.
Newcastle had a penalty attraction turned down after defender Dan Burn’s cross hit Trevoh Chalobah’s flailing arm late within the first half whereas Chelsea ahead Armando Broja registered the one shot on track in an in any other case uneventful opening interval.
5 minutes after the restart, Newcastle got here near taking the lead when Joelinton stored alive Kieran Trippier’s cross however Chris Wooden was unable to attach and Mendy scrambled the ball away.
Almiron then minimize it again for Sean Longstaff, who blazed his effort over the bar, whereas Wooden was inches away from assembly Willock’s high quality cross a couple of minutes later as Newcastle pushed for an opener however lacked a medical edge.
Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher compelled a flying save from Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope within the 66th minute because the guests sprung into life, however any momentum they might have constructed from their greatest assault of the sport was worn out by Willock within the very subsequent minute.
Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis fell to their first residence defeat of the season on Saturday as Ivan Toney secured a shock 2-1 win for Brentford whereas Tottenham Hotspur recovered from going behind thrice to beat Leeds United 4-3.
Liverpool beat Southampton 3-1 as Darwin Nunez scored his first double for the workforce and Roberto Firmino additionally obtained on the scoresheet.
Everton supervisor Frank Lampard was put below renewed strain following a 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth whereas James Maddison scored in a 2-0 win for Leicester Metropolis at West Ham United however was then taken off in an damage scare two days after being named within the England squad for the World Cup.
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers sought to calm fears in regards to the midfielder’s health, stating he had taken him off as a precautionary measure. Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to maneuver off the underside of the standings.
Brentford striker Toney, who on Thursday was not noted of England’s squad for the World Cup, gave the west Londoners the lead within the sixteenth minute at Metropolis after which clinched all three factors with a 97th-minute winner after Phil Foden had equalised late within the first half.
“Chatting with some folks from the membership, that is most likely the only greatest ever end result, in opposition to one of many richest golf equipment on this planet and now we have one of many lowest budgets within the division,” stated Brentford coach Thomas Frank.
Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola had no complaints with the end result, including: “The very best workforce gained, we struggled from the start and we couldn’t take care of their lengthy balls.”
Tottenham once more confirmed their resilience in addition to their urge for food for late drama by beating Leeds due to objectives from Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur within the 81st and 83rd minute.
Leeds, who had crushed Bournemouth by a 4-3 scoreline the earlier week, took the lead by Crysencio Summerville whereas Rodrigo Moreno scored twice after Harry Kane after which Ben Davies had pulled Spurs degree.
Tottenham coach Antonio Conte had been below strain following the 2-1 residence defeat by Liverpool and the elimination from the League Cup by Nottingham Forest however his aspect prevailed with their newest stirring comeback, additionally coming from behind to beat Bournemouth and Olympique de Marseille earlier this month.
“My gamers confirmed me large character on this interval. In lots of video games we had been shedding after which we come again. Because of this I feel we confirmed nice character, nice will to not surrender and to imagine,” stated Conte.
Leeds coach Jesse Marsch added: “I’m gutted, I really feel like somebody has ripped my coronary heart out.”
Newcastle United had been in motion in opposition to Chelsea in a while Saturday whereas league leaders Arsenal go to Wolverhampton Wanderers with the prospect to extend their benefit over Metropolis to 5 factors.
Liverpool’s South American strikers Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino propelled the workforce to a 3-1 residence win over Southampton within the Premier League on Saturday of their last match earlier than the season pauses for the World Cup.
The victory took Liverpool into sixth place within the league standings on 22 factors after 14 matches though Brighton & Hove Albion can climb again above them after they play Aston Villa on Sunday. Southampton are nineteenth on 12 factors after 15 video games.
Firmino, who this week was not noted of Brazil’s squad for the World Cup, put Liverpool in entrance within the sixth minute by glancing an Andy Robertson free kick into the online.
Moments later Southampton replied with an identical effort, Che Adams rising to go in James Ward-Prowse’s set-piece supply and rating the membership’s first aim below new supervisor Nathan Jones.
Uruguay worldwide Nunez restored Liverpool’s lead within the twenty first minute by volleying residence a cross from 19-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliot.
The striker, who value Liverpool a complete of 95 million euros when he signed from Benfica in June, grabbed his second aim three minutes earlier than halftime, assembly one other cross from Robertson from shut vary.
Nunez was a handful for Southampton all afternoon, inflicting chaos within the air each time Liverpool despatched a ball into the field and linking up nicely together with his workforce mates, conjuring up an outrageous backheel to play in Firmino though the Brazilian was thwarted by Southampton keeper Gavin Bazunu.
The second half lacked the frenetic nature of the primary though Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker needed to make two good saves to protect his aspect’s two-goal cushion whereas Mohamed Salah spurned an amazing likelihood when he robbed possession and raced free into the realm solely to miscontrol the ball.