Newcastle United did it again.
Both came from center back Florian Lejeune — who had not scored in 41 Premier League appearances — and one of them was a bicycle kick. Shoulder shrug emoji.
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The goals came in the third and fourth minutes of stoppage time in a match Everton absolutely dominated in building a 2-0 lead.
“When we scored Mike Dean said there are 40 seconds left and you’re thinking ‘Can we score in 40 seconds?’ We rode our luck certainly but they never gave up,” Bruce said, later adding, “It’s a wacky game that’s for sure, but it’s great. It just shows you shouldn’t leave a game early.”
Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles admitted that Everton deserved a win on the day, calling it “probably one of the weirdest game I’ve been involved in.”
Given Newcastle’s xG- and logic-defying year, he shoould substitue “season” for “game” there.
By the way, here’s Lejeune’s incredible first goal. Remember, he’s a center back with no PL goals when this happens.
Not bad for a centerback 😳 pic.twitter.com/aXyh7Jq6RB
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 21, 2020