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Calvert-Lewin, Everton outlast entertaining Newcastle

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice to give Carlo Ancelotti a second-straight win as Everton boss following a 2-1 defeat of Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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The two sides combined for 42 shots, 14 on target, in an entertaining draw.

Fabian Schar scored for Newcastle, who will feel aggrieved to only have a point.

Tenth-place Everton joins Newcastle on 25 points, ahead on goal differential.


Three things we learned

1. Ancelotti’s men weather the storm: Newcastle was all over the Toffees after Calvert-Lewin put them ahead, and Jordan Pickford helped them get to halftime. Ancelotti saw his team defend well enough while ahead, then right after conceding, and again after reclaiming the lead. It will be the most encouraging part of his day.

2. Magpies let down by lapses: Both goals weren’t wonders, but the Newcastle defending on the break for Calvert-Lewin’s winner was abhorrent. Fabian Schar, otherwise strong, totally lost track of the Englishman’s clever run and it was a straight-forward finish for 2-1.

3. Calvert-Lewin a powerful pest: Everton’s two-goal man was a menace to give him three goals in two matches under Ancelotti. His physical, on-edge play got the benefit of the doubt from referee Lee Mason, and he scored on two of this three shot attempts while adding five key passes to his stat sheet.

Man of the Match: Calvert-Lewin.


Everton was all over the Magpies early, but it’s goal came off a questionable foul on Miguel Almiron. The ensuing free kick was blocked and service then deflected to Calvert-Lewin for the opener.

Joelinton forced Jordan Pickford into a prone save as the hosts found their footing in the 18th minute. Jonjo Shelvey then dragged a 28th minute shot wide from 30 yards.

Jetro Willems set up Miguel Almiron for a blast off the post, and Andy Carroll had the ball in the goal but was offside. Carroll then came close to nodding home before Isaac Hayden blazed over the goal. Closer.

The Magpies were now in firm control of the ball, and Pickford made a fine save of Fabian Schar. Florian Lejeune curled over the bar as Everton needed the halftime whistle.

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Schar’s goal was a fine finish, but the hard work was done by Carroll’s knockdown.

Carroll stung a shot to Pickford minutes later, the hosts looking for more. It was Everton who next had the all in the goal, but Holgate was offside.

Everton reclaimed the lead on a counter attack, Richarlison steering a pass through the box for Calvert-Lewin to slide home.

Watch Live: Newcastle v. Everton headlines 10am ET games

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Three Premier League games take center stage on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET as the festive fixtures continue.

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Newcastle host Everton, Crystal Palace head to Southampton and Watford host Aston Villa in a massive relegation scrap.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for the three games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


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Thrilling comeback pushes Newcastle past Everton (video)

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  • Calvert-Lewin with goal, assist
  • Ritchie sees penalty saved
  • Rondon, Perez bring Magpies back
  • Rondon offside on Perez winner

Ayoze Perez had a goal and an assist as Newcastle United came from two down to beat Everton 3-2 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

It was a day to forget for referee Lee Mason and crew, who did not send off Jordan Pickford for an early foul in the box but then missed an offside Rondon on Newcastle’s winner.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison scored for Everton, who now sits 11th and is just three points ahead of the Magpies.

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Some choice opportunities for Ayoze Perez and the Magpies nevertheless relented to a beautiful bit of teamwork from Everton, as Bernardo and Lucas Digne combined to set up Calvert-Lewin’s well-turned header for a 1-0 lead.

Newcastle seemed set to restore the deadlock when ex-Sunderland keeper Pickford’s second error of the night allowed Matt Ritchie a chance from the spot, but the English backstop made a terrific denial.

More critically, Pickford was not sent off for football tackling Salomon Rondon on the foul in question.

Then Everton made it 2-0 when Richarlison was on the scene to punch an Andre Gomes-inspired rebound into the frame.

Pickford then made a terrific stop on Perez as the match approached halftime.

Rondon flicked off a charging Pickford in the 57th, but the goalkeeper was bailed out when the ball bounded wide of the far post.

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The second half brought entertainment, with Bernard very lively for Everton.

The Magpies were the ones to hit the score sheet, Rondon and Perez working a 1v2 of sorts before the Venezuelan hammered a left-footed strike past the reach of Pickford.

Ritchie then sent a pinpoint cross that Paul Dummett flicked over the frame with Rondon and Perez waiting behind him. Fine margins.

Then Pickford couldn’t handle Miguel Almiron’s vicious rip from 30 yards, and Perez poked in the rebound to make it 2-2.

Pickford then made a very good save on Paul Dummett from a corner kick situation, but he could do nothing when a flick into the box saw Rondon set up Perez for a deserved third goal.

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Compact Newcastle scraps point at Everton

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  • Everton has near 4/5 possession
  • Rondon puts Newcastle ahead
  • Richarlison equalizes in tight

Salomon Rondon and Richarlison traded first half goals, and Newcastle United parked the bus to collect a point in a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The points gives Newcastle 13 on the season, and the Magpies will remain 14th. Everton goes to 23 points, eight points off the Top Four.

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Everton was all over the ball in the first 15 minutes, but Newcastle scored on the counter in the 19th.

Jacob Murphy zipped down the left side of the field and aimed for the far post, where Rondon took advantage of Yerry Mina‘s inability to get a foot on the clearance.

Gylfi Sigurdsson looked to have an answer from point blank range in the 36th minute but saw his effort blocked out for a corner.

The Magpies were playing with fire, and Richarlison had the Toffees answer two minutes later when he cleaned up a back post mess following a corner kick.

Everton dominated possession for most of the second half, but Jordan Pickford had to make an outstanding save on Christian Atsu in the 87th minute to keep it level. The same keeper stopped the same shooter moments later.

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Carabao Cup: Nottingham Forest stuns Newcastle, Everton rolls

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A smaller slate of action took place on Wednesday as the Carabao Cup continued, but there was no shortage of drama as yet another Premier League side was knocked out of the competition.

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Although Everton and Watford both reached the third round of the competition, Newcastle wasn’t as fortune against their Championship opponent.

Nottingham Forest found a way through for a 3-1 victory over Newcastle behind Matty Cash and Gil Dias’ stoppage-time strikes.

Salomon Rondon had brought Newcastle level at 1-1 just as stoppage time began with a brilliant far-post finish, but Cash restored the lead for Forest just minutes later to prevent a penalty shootout.

Rafa Benitez‘s group mustered just one shot on target during the match, after Forest managed to stifle the PL side throughout, but Rondon’s chance was converted.

Meanwhile, the Toffees benefitted from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin goals to get past Championship side Rotherham, 3-1, while Watford scored twice in the second half to defeat Reading.


Wednesday’s Carabao Cup results

Everton 3-1 Rotherham
Millwall 3-2 Plymouth
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Newcastle
Reading 0-2 Watford