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Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool: Rafa frustrates former club

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Rafa Benitez took a point from his old pals Liverpool as the favorite Reds drew Newcastle United 1-1 on Sunday at St. James Park.

Liverpool rises seventh with 12 points, while Newcastle sits ninth with 10.

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Rafa remembered his Liverpool roots, and there was certainly a pro-Benitez buzz from all four corners of the stadium ahead of the match.

Mohamed Salah led a lightning counter and sprung Sadio Mane on goal with a fantastic pass, but Magpies keeper Rob Elliot ended up rescuing the ball after several bobbles through the 18.

Ex-Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey was back in Newcastle United’s lineup, and curled an early shot from outside the 18 into the arms of Simon Mignolet.

Shelvey cued Matt Ritchie up for a left-footed shot that wasn’t much of a problem for Mignolet.

The Reds grew into the game, and their fine attackers looked a cut above the Magpies back line (though Jamaal Lascelles stood tall at the back).

Liverpool’s mysterious finishing problems continued on a 23rd minute corner, with a post hit, a point-blank chance missed, and two more attempts off the mark.

But then, oh my, Coutinho. Given some room by Shelvey, Coutinho moved to his right and curled a near post shot past a flying Elliot and into the top corner.

Yet Newcastle leveled the score thanks to an outstanding through ball

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A Ciaran Clark error gave Sturridge an amazing chance that Elliot saved, and Salah put the rebound well over the goal.

Liverpool dodged a bullet when Sadio Mane’s raking of a boot on Joselu went unheeded, and then another when Joe Gomez just saw yellow after clattering into Christian Atsu.

The Magpies had a decent series of chances around the hour mark, but couldn’t quite orchestrate a quality final shot.

Jurgen Klopp attacked the game by tossing on Dominic Solanke and Roberto Firmino, while Newcastle’s introduction of Isaac Hayden showed a desire to see out a point.

Still 1-1 in the 84th minute, Klopp injected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The high-priced midfielder headed an Alberto Moreno cross over the frame in the 88th minute.

Dejan Lovren partially blocked a Mohamed Diame shot off a late corner.

Benitez peeved by block on Brighton’s clever set piece goal (video)

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Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens and Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez obviously feel quite different about the match-winning goal the Gulls nabbed off a set piece on Sunday.

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Both agree on one thing, though, there’s blocking involved in the play’s success.

“We’ve tried it a few times,” Stephens said. “I’m glad it paid off. We change the blocker each time.”

Benitez saw his club’s three-match winning streak end largely on the merit of that goal, and thinks a foul should’ve been spotted by Andre Marriner.

Ciaran Clark is partially and purposely blocked from moving toward Stephens at the back post, and also misses the ball after Stephens nods back across goal.

It’s a clever play which led to an important goal, but Benitez feels it was insidious and illegal.

“I am not happy with the way we conceded. It was a block, an illegal block. You cannot argue too much but it is very difficult to understand some things. They pushed my players.

What do you think? There’s not much in the block. At the same time, it’s hard to call it anything but a block.

PL roundup: Man Utd stays red hot; City wins controversially

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Both sides of Manchester saw victories in Premier League play on Saturday, though one in much easier fashion than the other.

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Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town continued its unbeaten run to start life in the Premier League, while Newcastle United exploded for its first win of the season by keeping West Ham amongst the ranks of the pointless.

All that and more in our PL roundup.


Manchester United 2-0 Leicester CityRECAP

Jose Mourinho’s men failed to hang a third successive four-spot on the scoreboard, but looked as dominant as the first two wins of the Premier League season. Romelu Lukaku had a penalty stopped before substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored to lift United to a 3-0 record.

United’s Romelu Lukaku fails to score a penalty shot past Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, who remarkably became the first Schmeichel to make a PK stop at Old Trafford. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester CityRECAP

Few were left entirely satisfied with the end of this one, even after Manchester City nipped all three points through Raheem Sterling‘s winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Bournemouth was angry with the foul that led up to the goal and Mike Dean’s time-keeping after five announced minutes of stoppage. Man City was furious after Sterling earned a second yellow card from Dean for celebrating with visiting fans.

And Sergio Aguero was dealing with an assault complaint from a steward, though City is reportedly “confident” there’s nothing to it.

Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham UnitedRECAP

Rafa Benitez‘s men got off the mat after an 0-2 start; Slaven Bilic‘s men are still laying on the ground, now 0-3.

That’s the verdict from Newcastle’s runaway with at St. James Park, as Joselu, Ciaran Clark, and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored to lead the Magpies to a much-needed three points.

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea CityRECAP

Frank De Boer‘s Eagles are now 0-2 after Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham and teammate Jordan Ayew buried goals for the visiting Welsh side.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Southampton RECAP

Both sides remain unbeaten on the season, though Saints probably had the better of play at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Watford 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion — RECAP

Miguel Britos’ vicious tackle of Anthony Knockaert sent Watford down a man for more than an hour, but Chris Hughton‘s men couldn’t get past Heurelho Gomes and the Hornets.

Still to come Sunday…
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Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United: Magpies soar

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  • Joselu scores 1st NUFC goal
  • Clark, Mitrovic score
  • West Ham now 0-3
  • Magpies nab first goals, win of season

Newcastle United poured misery on West Ham United’s slow start to the season in breaking out for a 3-0 win at St. James Park on Saturday.

Joselu, Ciaran Clark, and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Rafa Benitez‘s embattled Magpies, who posted their first win in any competition this season and first August win in three seasons.

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West Ham falls to 0-3, increasing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic.

Matt Ritchie was Man of the Match for the Magpies, the Scottish midfielder pulling the strings on multiple occasions.

The win helped Rafa Benitez became the fourth-fastest manager to 500 points in Premier League play

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Newcastle spent time in the West Ham end to start the match, but the first 15 minutes were more cagey than promising for either side.

Javier Hernandez was given a yellow card for an off-the-ball incident with Matt Ritchie, and Newcastle came close to breaking its season duck off the restart. Isaac Hayden blazed over the bar.

Andre Ayew injured himself on a slide tackle and cause a five-minute delay as the bloodied striker was given treatment and a new shirt.

The Magpies found their opener in attractive fashion. An incisive through ball from on-loan Borussia Dortmund man Mikel Merino helped Christian Atsu into the left of the box, and Joselu met the diminutive Ghanaian’s pass for a 1-0 lead.

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The Magpies buzzed into the second half, forcing Joe Hart into a solid save within the first two minutes.

Hernandez was warned over a 51st minute foul, but remained in the match and nearly leveled the match only to see Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark conspire to keep Newcastle’s clean sheet in tact.

Ritchie’s daring dribble ended with Hart slapping his shot away, eventually leading to an unsuccessful corner.

Clark made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute when he rose to head Ritchie’s cross home with authority.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had two good chances, heading the first over and stymied by Hart on the second.

He’d find the net when an Ayoze Perez flick left him 1v1 with Hart. Mitrovic froze the England keeper and rounded him for a tap-in. 3-0.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United: Mooy magic tops Magpies

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  • Town starts PL life 2-0
  • Newcastle 0-2
  • Mooy scores on lone attempt

In a game with very few chances, Aaron Mooy made his count as Huddersfield Town topped Newcastle United 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.

A match between two promoted sides looked very much like a second-tier affair aside from Mooy’s moment of brilliance just after halftime.

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A boisterous stadium greeted the teams, and Town’s support was at full throat only to see Newcastle get the first chance when Dwight Gayle played Ayoze Perez into the 18 and saw the Spaniard’s shot blocked.

Town’s Elias Kachunga cut Chancel Mbemba with a high challenge, but it failed to see a card unlike two similar sending offs in the league on Saturday.

A series of sloppy plays by Newcastle allowed Aaron Mooy to test Rob Elliot, but he didn’t get enough on his low attempt to best the diving keeper.

Town remained the better money for an opener, and Tom Ince laced a hard shot at Elliot off a Christian Atsu turnover well into Newcastle’s end.

Matt Richie nearly opened the scoring against the run of play in the 16th minute when he thumped a far post effort that Jonas Lossl pushed wide for a corner.

The Magpies settled into the match, though, and had the better of the play for the final 15-20 minutes of the first half.

A terrible giveaway from Mikel Merino allowed Town a prime chance to take the lead, but Chancel Mbemba made a terrific sliding tackle inside his 18 and the Magpies handled a pair of corners.

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Town took the lead in the 50th minute through Mooy, who worked a perfect 1-2 with Kachunga to curl home inside the far post from the paint of the 18-yard box.

That spurred Rafa Benitez to insert new signing Joselu for Gayle.

Quality chances remained at a premium when Merino played a long diagonal ball into the box for Javier Manquillo, but Lossl collected the pass back into the fray.

Atsu and Joselu traded passes before Lossl tipped Joselu’s low shot out for a corner. Ciaran Clark headed the ensuing corner to Perez who, alone in front of goal, blazed over the bar.

Joselu flicked another header into Lossl’s arms in the 84th minute.