Callum Wilson’s double stuns Leicester City & Leeds scupper Spurs UCL bid
EPL Matchday 35 of 38 – Friday, 7 May 2021
Leicester City 2 Newcastle 4 – King Power stadium
A brace from Callum Wilson helped Steve Bruce’s Magpies register a stunning 4-2 win against Leicester City away at the King Power stadium.
Newcastle came flying out of the blocks with Federico Fernandez coming close with a glancing a header from Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick and Kasper Schmeichel pulling off a sprawling save to deny Allan Saint-Maximin from 10 yards.
Joe Willock ultimately gave the visitors the expected lead in the 22nd minute when he pounced on an error from Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu and slammed home for his fourth goal from his last four outings.
Stung from being a goal down so early, Leicester tried hitting back but goalkeeper Martin Dubravka stood his ground, saving two goal-bound efforts from Federico Fernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Much against the run of play, the Magpies doubled the lead on 34 minutes when Paul Dummett rose above Wesley Fofana to meet Matt Ritchie’s corner and head past Kasper Schmeichel.
A brilliant pass down the left from Matt Ritchie eluded left-back Timothy Castagne to find Wilson who rounded keeper Schmeichel to complete an easy finish.
It turned into a rout for the hosts nine minutes later when the Newcastle striker found his twelfth goal of the season and second of the night when he slotted in from a rebound of the post from just ten yards.
Consolation goals for the Foxes came in the 80th and 87th minutes from Marc Albrighton’s with an impressive strike from the edge of the area, followed by a low effort into the bottom right corner from Kelechi Iheanacho but by then it was too late.
For 3rd placed Leicester, the 8th home defeat of the season dropped them to the fourth them with 63 points from their 35 games.
With the remaining fixtures against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur lined up, the threat of missing out on next season’s Champions League looks real.
On the other hand, Newcastle with Friday night’s critical win, seem well and truly out of danger being five places and 12 points away from relegation.
EPL Matchday 35 of 38 – Saturday, 8 May 2021
Leeds United 3 Tottenham 1 – Elland Road – Saturday, 8 May 2021
Leeds seriously dent Spurs Champions League chances
Marcelo Biesla’s Leeds United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Friday night to seriously dent the latter’s chances of finishing in the Top Four of the Premier League season.
In a pulsating match at Elland Road, the hosts went on to the scoresheet first through Stuart Dallas on just 13 minutes when the North Ireland midfielder pounced from close range on a Hugo Lloris reaction save to prevent Sergio Reguilon from scoring an own-goal.
The Peacocks’ joy lasted only 12 minutes as Dele Alli threaded a lovely through pass to Son Heung-min who finished brilliantly by squeezing a left-footed shot to the near post.
Leeds quickly looked to get back in front with Jack Harrison forcing a finger-tip save from Lloris.
Leeds nosed ahead a little before the interval in the 42nd minute through Patrick Bamford who tapped in Ezgjan Alioski’s cross for his 15th of the season.
Kane’s frustrating afternoon continued as he hit the bar from a free kick a little later.
Coach Ryan Mason took off Gareth Bale and Alli for Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela with 23 minutes of the match left, but the visitors could not find a way past a resilient Leeds defense.
Leeds remained on the ninth with 50 points despite the impressive win.
Results from other matches of Saturday, 8 May 2021
- Sheffield United 0 / Crystal Palace 2 – Christian Benteke 2m, Eberechi Eze 88m
- Liverpool 2 – Sadio Mane 31m, Thiago Alcantara 90m / Southampton 0
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