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Rondon roars as opportunistic Newcastle tops Terriers

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  • Newcastle moves six clear of drop zone
  • Rondon finds winner from Manquillo
  • Terriers two points back of 17th

Salomon Rondon scored the lone goal as Newcastle United won its first match in four tries with a 1-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

It’s Rondon’s fourth goal in six games, as Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies move 14th. That’s six points ahead of 18th place, occupied by Huddersfield.

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A slow first quarter-hour, played in a downpour, ceded for a moment when Huddersfield Town keeper Jonas Lossl was injured reacting to a Christian Atsu dribble. Lossl stayed in the game.

Philip Billing went for goal on a long free kick, and the wet ball was poked over the goal by Martin Dubravka. A corner led to another corner, but nothing for the Terriers.

A quick free kick play for Newcastle led to Fabian Schar one-on-one with Lossl, but the keeper blocked the first effort and Schar passed the rebound to no avail.

Jamaal Lascelles saw yellow with an orangish high tackle on Laurent Depoitre in the 35th minute. Moments later, Terrence Kongolo’s tight angle rip was deflected, and collected by Dubravka.

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Both keepers made saves as Juninho Bacuna and Atsu traded low shots in the first 60 seconds of the second half.

Huddersfield had a good spell of possession, but Atsu again had the next dangerous moment as Lossl had to stop his first touch shot from close range.

Surprise! Newcastle took the lead completely against the run of play, stunning the John Smith’s Stadium when Ayoze Perez’s run down the right fed Javi Manquillo. The Spanish right back put an inch-perfect pass that Lossl couldn’t reach before Rondon.

Shearer rips Newcastle backs Yedlin, Manquillo

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Newcastle United legend and Match of the Day analyst Alan Shearer was not having the Magpies’ 3-0 home loss to Watford on Saturday.

Shearer laid into the Magpies defense, which was without captain Jamaal Lascelles, and laid scathing criticism on fullbacks Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin.

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It was especially brutal for Yedlin, who was noted by name and by side.

From The Newcastle Chronicle:

“Time and time again it happened. Watford picked up their ball, looked to their left-hand side and it was so, so open.

“The third goal is an embarrassment for Newcastle United. Have a look at Yedlin and Manquillo and where they end up.

“They both don’t bother at all, to even attempt to get back in.”

Here’s the goal in question. We’re not just buying American here, but Yedlin — who wasn’t good on the day — is coming back from a foray up field; Manquillo is the one who fails to stay with Gray while NUFC center back Florian Lejeune allows dangerous Richarlison the room to cross:

Liverpool continues pillaging of Atletico with Manquillo signing

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With first-team regulars Diego Costa, Filipe, David Villa, and Adrian already gone, Liverpool has pilfered Atletico Madrid’s youth pile.

20-year-old right-back and Atletico academy product Javier Manquillo has joined the Reds on a two-year loan with The Guardian reporting the deal has an option to buy for about $8.4 million.

Manquillo has made regular appearances for the Spanish U-21 side recently, but could only muster three La Liga appearances and one in the Champions League for Atletico.

Part of that was due to an ugly spinal injury he suffered as a result of an aerial challenge with Cristiano Ronaldo in which he landed on his head and bent his neck backwards.

“From a personal point of view it was a disappointing year for me,” Manquillo told Liverpool’s official website following the transfer. “I was unlucky with injury, but for the group as a whole it was a brilliant year. We managed to achieve things that from the outset appeared almost impossible, so let’s hope that I find something similar here; a team that has the highest aspirations and can win as much as possible.”

Liverpool has been a major player in the transfer market, with Manquillo their seventh signing of the summer following acquisitions such as Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, and Dejan Lovren.

“When they tell you Liverpool want to sign you, I think like any player, you are going to be absolutely amazed and you don’t think of anything else than going straight there,” Manquillo said.

Glen Johnson currently mans the right-back position and Liverpool also has young Englishman Jon Flanagan, but at just 20 years of age, Manquillo has time to make an impact at Anfield.

The youngster began his youth career at Real Madrid before moving across town to Atletico at the age of 13.