Hal Robson-Kanu

Newcastle rallies to draw West Brom 2-2

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  • Baggies take 2-0 lead
  • Field scores first PL goal
  • Magpies score off two set pieces

A late West Brom own goal helped Newcastle United come back from a two-goal hole to draw 2-2 at the Hawthorns on Tuesday

Ciaran Clark scored Newcastle’s other goal after Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field staked the Baggies to a 2-0 lead.

The draw keeps West Brom winless since August, but it pulls the Baggies above Everton and into 16th place. Newcastle is three points and four places higher.

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A sleepy start to the match was brought to life when Salomon Rondon had a go from 30 yards that bounced off the top of the cross bar.

That unfortunately was not a harbinger of what was the come, and the match crawled through the first half hour.

Isaac Hayden recorded a rare shot on target for Newcastle when Ben Foster collected a bounding 35th minute shot through traffic.

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow rescued a looping header from Hal Robson-Kanu from the goal line.

Robson-Kanu would get his goal before the break, darting in front of Chancel Mbemba to nod Kieran Gibbs‘ cross over the line. The play was started by a fantastic Johnny Evans ball.

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Newcastle threatened with an early corner kick, but Ciaran Clark couldn’t turn Matt Ritchie‘s service on frame. A free kick followed, but was poorly executed.

The hosts went up 2-0 in the 56th minute through Field, who raced to the back post to meet typical service from crossing wizard Matty Phillips.

The Magpies tried to answer off a pair of corners, and this time Clark headed Ritchie’s corner home. It was 2-1 in the 59th.

Darlow stopped a Robson-Kanu shot four minutes later. At the other end, Ayoze Perez turned and fired and Foster collected the ball in the 80th.

James McClan fouled DeAndre Yedlin on the edge of the 18 in the 82nd minute after a fine pass from Jonjo Shelvey.

That foul cost the Baggies, as Ritchie’s free kick was backheeled into his own goal off Evans by Rondon.

Burnley 0-1 West Brom: Robson-Kanu scores, sent-off in win

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  • Robson-Kanu scores, sent off
  • Burnley outshoots WBA 18-8
  • Baggies complete just 100 passes

Hal Robson-Kanu‘s late goal helped West Bromwich Albion to a bit of smash-and-grab at Turf Moor, where the Baggies beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Robson-Kanu did his best Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring as a substitute and then getting a red card to doom his team to 10 men.

Tony Pulis almost out-did his stingy self, as West Brom completed 253 less passes than the hosts.

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Burnley was better early, middle, and late, as Sam Vokes cued up Johann Berg Gudmundsson for a shot that fizzed just wide, and then Gudmundsson was stopped by Foster moments later.

Matt Phillips helped set the table for Robson-Kanu’s goal, winning a 50-50 ball into the path of the Welsh striker.

Robson-Kanu then bodied the ball around some poor Burnley defending and then beat Tom Heaton on a ball he normally manages to handle well.

The striker was then sent-off in the 83rd minute for an elbow to the head Matt Lowton.

 

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Man City 3-1 West Brom: Pep’s men unbeaten in seven

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  • City strikes twice in 3 minutes
  • Toure nabs insurance marker
  • West Brom keeps struggling

A standard Pep Guardiola performance saw Manchester City essentially ensure UEFA Champions League qualification with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Gabiel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, and Yaya Toure helped City to a three-goal lead before Hal Robson-Kanu spoiled Wily Caballero’s clean sheet in the 87th minute.

Man City now has a three-point lead on fifth-place Arsenal, and holds a five-goal advantage in goal difference. A win or draw Sunday guarantee a places, as would anything but a big defeat and wins from Liverpool and Arsenal.

Once angling for sixth or seventh, West Brom is in ninth and could finish as low as 12th with a loss at Swansea City on Championship Sunday.

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De Bruyne cued Jesus up for a tap-in to open the scoring in the 27th minute, then lashed a shot home from outside the 18 to double the advantage two minutes later.

Next up was Toure, who traded passes with Sergio Aguero before capping Man City’s scoring in the 57th minute.

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VIDEO: Robson-Kanu scores stunning strike for West Brom

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Hal Robson-Kanu has regained the stunning form he showed for Wales at EURO 2016.

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The West Bromwich Albion striker rifled home a fine effort to put the Baggies 2-1 up at Southampton on New Year’s Eve, as e picked up the ball 25 yards out and smashed home an unstoppable effort.

Watch the video below to see the superb strike.

Georgia shocks Wales with 1-1 draw in World Cup qualification

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Gareth Bale struck just 10 minutes in, but Wales couldn’t find another way through and Tornike Okriashvili punched in a header just before the hour mark as Georgia stunned Wales in Cardiff 1-1 in World Cup qualification on Sunday.

Possession was just about 50-50, and Georgia actually out-shot Wales 16-13, although the two combined for just eight shots on target.

The visitors deserved their point, looking dangers for much of a spell early in the second-half before scoring. Just minutes after Georgia equalized, Wales boss Chris Coleman brought on lightning rod Hal Robson-Kanu looking to go back in front, but he was unable to provide a spark.

Bale came the closest to giving his side all three points, just finding the side-netting in the 86th minute in what surely would have been the game-winner. Robson-Kanu also came close just minutes before full-time but Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Loria had a great performance and was there to smother the chance.

The point is the first of the campaign for Georgia, sitting at 137th in the FIFA rankings, while it leaves Wales vulnerable at the top of the table, just a point ahead of both Serbia and Austria who square off with a 2:45 ET kick on Sunday in Belgrade.