English Premier League Report: Leicester City v Newcastle United 12

English Premier League Report: Leicester City v Newcastle United 12

Newcastle United secured a big 1-0 win at Leicester City to all but cement their Premier League status for another year.

The visiting fans did not have to wait long to see Newcastle take the lead though, as Ayoze Perez headed home a Matt Ritchie cross, for what was to be the only goal of the game in the first half.

Salomon Rondon came the closest in the opening stages after rattling the crossbar from a long-range free-kick.

But Leicester gradually gained control and Martin Dubravka had to make saves from Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes, both players exploiting gaps down Newcastle's right.

The Tigers threatened an equaliser on 79 minutes after Youri Tielemans played in Vardy, who failed to capitalise with a horrid first-time shot that flew over the top.

But Newcastle had a nervy finale and Javier Manquillo was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he appeared to tug Tielemans' arm in the box in the closing stages.

With 38 points on the board, Rafael Benitez has steered Newcastle to near-certain safety, although his future remains in doubt. They have been brilliant since we came in and this has been the first real disappointment for them.

Benitez's contract expires at the end of the season and he has compared talks with controversial club owner Mike Ashley to Brexit negotiations.


"It's hard to break down a team like that", said Rodgers.

Leicester stayed in seventh place, tied on points with Wolverhampton Wanderers having played two games more. His seven tackles were more than anyone else on the pitch recorded.

The last time Leicester won a Premier League game in which they trailed at half was in October 2015 against West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal with Miguel Almiron.

- This was Leicester City's eighth home league defeat of the campaign, their most in a Premier League season at the King Power Stadium since it opened in 2002.

They also looked the more threatening team every time they went forward, with Salomon Rondon the flawless target man as he allowed his teammates to work off him.

Perez was last season's leading scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, including eight in the league.

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