West Ham rides early goals to beat Newcastle

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  • Rice scores early header
  • Noble converts penalty
  • West Ham move 9th, four back of 7th

Declan Rice and Mark Noble scored first half goals to lead West Ham United to a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United on Saturday at the London Stadium.

West Ham United has closed ground on Wolves in the race for 7th with the win.

Newcastle United remains six points clear of 18th place with nine matches to play.

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West Ham struck early through Rice, who lost Federico Fernandez while jockeying for position pre-corner and put a simple header past Martin Dubravka.

Ayoze Perez was offside for a 28th minute equalizer bid. Sean Longstaff then played a beautiful diagonal ball into the West Ham box to no avail.

West Ham earned a penalty, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was taken down in the box by Florian Lejeune. Noble went to the spot and finished well for 2-0.

Fabian Schar nearly turned a second chance off a corner kick into a goal in the fifth minute of first half stoppage, but it was blocked out for a corner and the Irons saw their lead into halftime.

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Perez’s shot across goal could’ve easily been 2-1, but it was too wayward to be a goal and too hard to meet a receiver.

Arthur Masuaku cued up Hernandez with a diagonal beauty, but the Mexican’s first touch wasn’t enough.

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No Kane punishment for Azpilicueta incident

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Harry Kane is not going to face any punishment for an incident with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta on Wednesday.

Kane was caught on camera moving his head toward Azpilicueta in a head butting motion, but the referee did not discipline the Spurs and England star.

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In many similar instances, players do not receive post-match repercussions because the referee saw the incident and didn’t address it on the field. That appears to be the case here.

Kane is one of the better behaved players in the league, but does have a bit of a nasty streak as evidenced by reckless tackles on Florian Lejeune and Raheem Sterling in recent seasons.

There are so many head-on incidents in the Premier League that are not disciplined. Perhaps there needs to be some clarity on what constitutes an infraction, because it seems like these “comings together” earn cards less and less in recent seasons.

Miserly Magpies leapfrog Clarets

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  • Dubravka gets 2nd straight clean sheet
  • Longstaff bags first PL goal
  • Burnley unbeaten run ends
  • Magpies sweep Clarets

Newcastle United leapfrogged Burnley with its latest home win, a 2-0 triumph at St. James’ Park on Tuesday.

Sean Longstaff scored his first Premier League goal and Fabian Schar nailed a Goal of the Month contender as Newcastle moved to 31 points and 13th place in the Premier League.

Burnley’s eight-match unbeaten league run is over, the Clarets suffering a first loss since Boxing Day versus Everton. Burnley is 14th with 30 points.

The Magpies won for the fourth time in six matches, the lone loss a 1-0 setback to Spurs. They’ve allowed just three goals in that span.

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Matt Ritchie continued a fine run of form by sending a left-footed cross around the Clarets defense, only for the ball to just evade the reach of Salomon Rondon.

Tom Heaton collected the ball when Florian Lejeune turned a Sean Longstaff cross toward goal in the 12th minute.

Schar put Newcastle ahead when he hammered a shot Upper 90, kissing the top of the left post on its way into the goal.

Burnley came close to leveling quickly, but Martin Dubravka saved Chris Wood‘s effort.

Newcastle doubled its lead before the break after Ritchie’s cross was tipped into the path of Longstaff, who took a touch before slotting across goal.

Burnley should have pulled within one before the break, but James Tarkowski very much looked like a center back in volleying over the frame from a half-dozen yards.

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Almiron blazed past Neil Taylor to get 1v1 with Heaton, but the goalkeeper stopped the nutmeg shot attempt.

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Newcastle comes back to stun Man City (video)

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  • Aguero scores 24 seconds into the game (video)
  • Rondon levels it late
  • Ritchie converts Longstaff-won PK for the win

Newcastle United came from behind to stun Manchester City 2-1 at St. James’ Park, as Rafa Benitez aided his old pals’ Liverpool in their bid to a win a first Premier League title.

Sergio Aguero scored inside of 30 seconds for Man City, but Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie scored in the second half for the Magpies.

City is four points behind first place Liverpool, who plays Wednesday, while Newcastle climbs 14th with 24 points. That’s five clear of the drop zone.

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It took less than a half-minute for Man City to go ahead, with David Silva‘s header of a Raheem Sterling cross falling for Aguero to poke home for a perfect start.

It was Aguero’s 15th career goal against Newcastle.

The Magpies didn’t wilt, though, as Christian Atsu saw a deflected shot land on the top of the goal.

Ex-City defender Florian Lejeune was at the heart of keeping the score line 2-0, heading a cross away from goal before blocking an ensuing shot.

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The Magpies stuck around thanks to the continued plucky defense prodded by Rafa Benitez.

Isaac Hayden headed a cross back into the mixer that Rondon finished for his sixth of the season.

And no one told a sleepy Fernandinho that Sean Longstaff was behind him, with the young Englishman taking the ball off the midfielder before being fouled in the box. Ederson guessed Matt Ritchie’s direction, but could not stop the Scot’s effort. 2-1.

Willian wins it for Chelsea v. Newcastle (video)

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  • Luiz sets up Pedro opener
  • Clark levels before half for Newcastle
  • Willian scores beauty off Hazard assist
  • Magpies drop into 18th

Stop us if you’ve read this one before: Chelsea has firmed up its Top Four credentials and Newcastle United is back in the drop zone.

Keep reading anyway, as the Blues got goals from Pedro and Willian in an entertaining 2-1 win over the Magpies on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Ciaran Clark scored for Newcastle, who is now a point back of Cardiff City and Southampton. The Magpies host the Bluebirds next weekend.

Chelsea now has a six-point advantage on fifth place Arsenal.

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Pedro made it 1-0 in the ninth minute, as David Luiz played the Spaniard over the top of the Newcastle defense. Ciaran Clark lost Pedro, who chipped Martin Dubravka with the Irish defender draped all over him.

There were not a ton more chances early, with Newcastle center back Florian Lejeune hitting a ball into the hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 27th.

A surprising rush saw a nice flick by Salomon Rondon spring Ayoze Perez on goal but the lunging Spaniard hit the ball wide of his countryman’s near post.

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Pedro almost regained the lead for Chelsea but was denied by Dubravka in the 47th minute.

Willian restored Chelsea’s lead with a goal that earned a collective gasp from the crowd, as he cut right to earn space past Yedlin for a shot that took a slight turn off Jamaal Lascelles‘ head on its way into goal.

Perez had calls for a penalty unheard, and Willian came close to scoring again at the other end as Chelsea warmed to its attack. Dubravka made the save, but Lascelles was injured in the event.

Rondon missed with a bid to head a Javier Manquillo cross past Arrizabalaga.

Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff earned a corner with a deflected shot deep in stoppage time. Ritchie’s service was played shot and wasted by Christian Atsu.