- Joselu scores early
- Mahrez levels, 20′
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- Gray, Gayle trade goals
- Ayoze own goal the difference
An 87th minute own goal doomed the hosts as Leicester City’s fine form continued with a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Joselu and Dwight Gayle scored for Newcastle, which is now just two points clear of the drop zone.
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Matt Ritchie won a free kick in the first minute with a darting dribble, and the dangerous midfielder lorded over a chance from the right. Ben Chilwell headed it out for a corner, and Ritchie’s offer from the right was cleared by Leicester.
Dwight Gayle led Newcastle in front with a well-timed run down the left complete with a cutback for Joselu. The Spaniard didn’t have much to do but finish: 1-0.
Wilfried Ndidi and Demarai Gray both speculated in the first 20 minutes, but neither found the Newcastle frame.
Mahrez scored a fantastic goal to make it 1-1 in the 20th minute, walking past Isaac Hayden and ripping a left-footed effort beyond Darlow’s grasp.
Leicester controlled the the match until a horrific giveaway allowed Jacob Murphy a chance from the catbird seat. Kasper Schmeichel poked the ball out for a corner, and Leicester dealt with the set piece.
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Joselu headed a corner kick wide of the frame in the 52nd minute as Newcastle looked to retake control.
It was Leicester who’d next seize the lead, as Gray ripped a shot off Florian Lejeune‘s rear end and into the upper 90. 2-1 visitors, 60’.
Darlow stopped Mahrez’s 66th minute bid to expand Leicester’s lead.
Gayle made it 2-2 after a ping-ponging corner fell for him at the right. The 23-goal Championship man saw his right-footed rip deflect past Schmeichel.
The scorer nearly sent SJP into bedlam when he dragged a shot just wide of the far post in the 78th.
Substitute attacker Ayoze Perez put the ball in his own goal in a bid to break up a 4v2 from Leicester.