Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United: Red Devils no longer boring

4 Comments
  • Dummett equalizes in 90th minute
  • Rooney scores twice
  • Newcastle rally from behind twice

Newcastle United drew 3-3 with Manchester United at St James’ Park on Tuesday with the Magpies pegging back United in injury time to grab a point in a six-goal thriller.

Wayne Rooney put United 1-0 up and Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 but Georginio Wijnaldum made it 2-1 before the break and a Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty after half time made it 2-2 then a stunning last 10 minutes played out.

[ MORE: 3 things learned from pulsating draw ] 

First Rooney curled in a magnificent strike to make it 3-2 but Paul Dummett hammered home via a deflection as the clock ticked to 90 to grab Newcastle a deserved point and send the home fans wild.

With the point United moved to 34 points, while Newcastle move to 19 points.

[ RELATED: Watch full match replays ]

Rooney gave United the lead after nine minutes with a penalty kick following a handball from Chancel Mbemba in the box as his hands were in an unnatural position despite his back being turned. United’s skipper slotted home the kick with ease to make it 1-0 and Newcastle had shot themselves in the foot.

[ RELATED: Latest Premier League standings ]

Rooney had another chance to make it 2-0 but when clean through put his effort wice of Rob Elliot and the goal, then Newcastle had a big penalty appeal turned down as Lingard looked to have fouled Daryl Janmaat in the box but referee Mike Dean waved away the appeals.

In the 38th minute United made it 2-0 as they launched a lightning-quick counter which saw Rooney delicately play in Lingard who overlapped and slotted home to double the Red Devils’ lead.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

Before the break Fabricio Coloccini drilled a shot just over the bar and then the Magpies pulled a goal back as Coloccini’s clipped ball into the box towards Mitrovic was deflected off Marouane Fellaini‘s head and the onrushing Wijnaldum swept home. 2-1. Game on.

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

In the second half Newcastle came flying out of the traps and Moussa Sissoko turned Ashley Young inside out before forcing a good save from David De Gea at his near post as the Spaniard stood his ground well.

United continued to look dangerous on the counter and after a sweeping move Lingard popped up at the back post but sent his curling effort over the bar with the goal gaping.

They were made to rue that missed opportunity as a corner from the right saw Chris Smalling inexplicably pull Mitrovic’s shirt up over his head and a penalty was awarded which the Serbian striker slotted home. 2-2.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United (10) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 12, 2016 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wijnaldum had a goal disallowed after straying offside following a stray pass from Matteo Darmian being picked off. In the closing stages, despite Rooney breaking away and Coloccini denying him, Newcastle looked more likely to grab all three points but the game-winning moment arrived from their skipper.

Substitute Memphis Depay cut in from the left flank and his blocked shot found Rooney who curled home an unstoppable shot into the top corner for his second and United’s third of the game.

Late on Fellaini should have wrapped up the win but Elliot saved his header at point-blank range at the back post and then Newcastle equalized in the final minute of regulation as a cross found its way to Dummet on the edge of the box and his shot deflected off Smalling and flew into the corner. 3-3 and a breathtaking game ended with the points shared at St. James’ Park.

FA Cup: Chelsea survive trip to Hull, advance to 5th round (video)

Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images
Leave a comment

With their 2-1 victory away to EFL Championship side Hull City, Chelsea joined Leicester City, Sheffield United and Norwich City as Premier League sides to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

[ FA CUP ROUNDUP: West Ham bounced; Sheff Utd, Norwich advance ]

Frank Lampard‘s side got off to a flying start courtesy of Michy Batshuayi‘s deflected finish in the 6th minute, and the Blues were well on their way to a first half of total dominance.

Hull looked more prepared for a fight after halftime, but it mattered very little after Fikayo Tomori was gifted a free header two yards off the goal line. Ross Barkley‘s free kick was well placed at the back post and there was nothing that anyone could do to stop it.

[ MORE: Report: Spurs, Inter close to deal for Christian Eriksen ]

Hull pulled the game back to 2-1 in the 78th minute, and they were more than a little fortunate in how they managed to do so. Kamil Grosicki smacked a free kick with plenty of power and got the deflection of all deflections to wrong-foot Willy Caballero and find the back of the net.

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

FA Cup roundup: West Ham bounced; Sheff Utd, Norwich advance (video)

Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Leave a comment

A roundup of all of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round (early) action…

[ MORE: Saints hit Spurs late to force 4th-round replay ]

The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.

West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham were the lone Premier League side to be knocked out by a lower-division side on Saturday, as David Moyes‘ side failed to find the back of the net and were beaten 1-0 by EFL Championship leaders West Brom.

Conor Townsend scored the game’s only goal in the 9th minute, and though the Hammers controlled possession the rest of the way, they created very little in terms of scoring chances and finished the game with just three shots on target. West Brom finished the game with 10 men, but West Ham could do nothing with their 18-minute advantage following Semi Ajayi‘s second yellow card in the 72nd minute.

Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s dream season continued with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Championship side Millwall. Both goals came inside the final half-hour, but the Blades were unquestionably the better side even before breaking the deadlock.

That came in the 62nd minute, when Muhamed Besic placed a stunning curler inside the far post for 1-0. Not long before full-time, in the 84th, Oliver Norwood drove his effort hard and low and into the corner to make it 2-0.

Burnley 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich and Burnley were largely inseparable for the majority of Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor, save for a four-minute period early in the second half in which Norwich scored twice and booked their place in the fifth round.

Grant Hanley made it 1-0 in the 53rd and Josip Drmic added to the advantage in the 57th minute. Erik Pieters pulled Burnley back to within a goal in the 73rd, but that’s as close as the Clarets would get.

FA Cup fourth-round scoreboard

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur — FULL RECAP
Newcastle United 0-0 Oxford United
Portsmouth 4-2 Barnsley
Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City
Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

RB Leipzig beaten, Bundesliga title race thrown wide open

Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
Leave a comment

BERLIN (AP) Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig 2-0 to throw the title race wide open on Saturday.

[ MORE: Report: Spurs, Inter close to deal for Christian Eriksen ]

Frankfurt defender Almamy Toure scored a brilliant goal just after the break and Filip Kostic sealed the win in injury time to deal Leipzig its first defeat since a 2-1 loss at home to Freiburg in October.

Borussia Monchengladbach cut the gap at the top to two points with a 3-1 win at home over Mainz, thanks largely to goals in each half from French striker Alassane Plea.

Bayern Munich has the chance to cut the gap to one point with a win at home over Schalke in the late game.

[ FA CUP: Saints hit Spurs late to force 4th-round replay ]

Borussia Dortmund is just four points off the top after its 5-1 win over Cologne on Friday.

Also Saturday, Union Berlin defeated Augsburg 2-0 at home, Hertha Berlin came from behind to win 2-1 at Wolfsburg, and Paderborn moved off the bottom with a 2-0 win at Freiburg.

FA Cup: Saints hit Spurs late to force 4th-round replay

Steven Paston/PA via AP
Leave a comment

Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur played to a virtual stand-still for nearly 60 minutes before Jose Mourinho’s side broke through with a moment of true quality from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso, but finished right back where they started after Saints hit back late to force a replay in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

[ MORE: Report: Spurs, Inter close to deal for Christian Eriksen ]

Prior to that, Lo Celso put the ball in the back of the net and briefly thought it was he who had put Spurs ahead, but the Argentine was denied his third Spurs goal on the basis that the ball hit Son on its way through traffic, and the South Korean was in an offside position.

Spurs’ best chance of the first half chance came and went just minutes later, with Lucas Moura in disbelief and Angus Gunn the hero of the moment. Dele Alli played Lucas into open space inside the penalty area and, with the goal gaping to Gunn’s left and right, Lucas looked to place his right-footed shot inside the far post. Gunn was up to the challenge, though, and pulled off a sensational left-footed save from close range.

Seconds later, Saints had a surefire scoring chance and were denied in equally spectacular fashion. Danny Ings used his chest to control a free kick into the box and looped it goal-bound over the head of Hugo Lloris, only for Japhet Tanganga to make the last-second headed clearance in front of an open net.

[ MORE: Mourinho in favor of PL’s winter break, but says timing all wrong ]

Saints were the first to go ever so close to a goal in the second half. Michael Obafemi crossed from the right side and found Ings inside the six-yard box, where he redirected the ball ever so slightly, but not enough, to send it inches wide of Lloris’ right-hand post.

Following a spell that was all Saints to start the second half, Spurs broke the deadlock through Son in the 58th minute. Lo Celso drove through the heart of Southampton’s midfield before playing the ball to Son near the top of the 18-yard box. He took a touch to set up the shot and fired a left-footed arrow inside the far post.

The lead lasted just shy of 30 minutes, close but not quite over the finish line. With 87 minutes on the clock and a full head of steam over the preceding quarter-hour, Southampton got their hugely deserved equalizer. Sofiane Boufal arrived near the top of the box as Ings’ cut-back ball arrived and the Moroccan international hammered it home.

The two sides will meet again for their fourth-round replay in two weeks at the Tottenham Hotspur. The draw for the fifth round will be held on Monday at 2:20 p.m. ET, prior to kickoff of Bournemouth v. Arsenal.