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FA Cup: Almiron stays hot, Newcastle cruise past Rochdale (video)

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Miguel Almiron only needed 12 months to get his first Newcastle United goal out of the way, but now that he has finally done so, the former Atlanta United star can’t stop scoring.

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The 25-year-old Paraguay international bagged a goal for his third straight game (and fourth in his last seven) as Newcastle hammered League One side Rochdale in the two sides’ FA Cup third-round replay at James’ Park on Tuesday.

Almiron’s opportunistic strike made it 3-0 in the 26th minute and capped off an irresistible opening period from the Magpies. Sometimes you can’t buy a goal for $1 billion, while other times the opposing goalkeeper passes the ball straight to you inside the penalty area.

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Eoghan O’Connell had made it 1-0 to the home side with an own goal in the 17th minute, followed by a second from Matthew Longstaff three minutes later. Joelinton tacked on a late insurance goal to complete his side’s scoring at 4-0 in the 80th minute. The clean sheet was soiled in the 86th minute, though, as M.J. Williams grabbed a late consolation goal to ruin an otherwise perfect night on Tyneside.

Steve Bruce‘s side is through to the fourth round, where they’ll host another League One side, Oxford United, on Jan. 25.

Newcastle takes point from Wolves through Almiron, Dubravka

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Miguel Almiron turned in a Man of the Match performance as Newcastle United took a surprise point from the Molineux in a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday.

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Leander Dendoncker scored off a set piece for Wolves, who fall eight points off the Top Four.

Newcastle moves onto 26 points, five off seventh place and six away from the Bottom Three.


Three things we learned

1. Traore, Almiron should compete in the decathalon: For 90 minutes, Newcastle’s Almiron and Wolves winger Adama Traore drove each other nuts on the flank. Matching each other for pace as if the points would be awarded to the victor, there were no better field players to be found at the Molineux.

2. Dubravka continues to deliver: Newcastle’s xG luck will again be off the charts. Midfielder Matty Longstaff had one of three goal line clearances for the Magpies, but goalkeeper Martin Dubrvka denied a pair of strong chances from Wolves with highlight reel stuff. The Slovakian No. 1 is one of Newcastle’s heroes.

3. Almiron finding his stride: Forget the three goals in five matches, Almiron is delivering an all-around game to back up the support he received during his 27-match goal drought. The former Atlanta United man completed five of five dribbles, won 10 of 13 challenges, and was credited with five tackles and two interceptions. He was the easy Man of the Match, and his goal was a beauty, too.


Miguel Almiron dribbled 40-plus yards to cut a shot toward goal, but a diving Rui Patricio saw it sail wide of the frame.

He got his goal two minutes later, Jetro Willems and Dwight Gayle working the ball down the left before the latter poked a ball onto the Paraguayan’s path for a fine finish.

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Paul Dummett added to Newcastle’s injury woes when he left after a dozen minutes for Florian Lejeune.

Wolves answered moments later, Dendoncker losing Federico Fernandez for a set piece goal with minimal defending at best.

Gayle then also left with an injury, Newcastle’s fifth first half injury change in 73 first half minutes across two matches.

The Magpies got another shining save from goalkeeper Martin Dubravka when Adama Traore picked out Raul Jimenez for a back post header.

Matty Longstaff provided another goal line clearance when Matt Doherty threatened goal in the 47th, and Dubravka denied Pedro Neto with a point blank save late on.

PL AT HALF: Mata’s sweet assist put Man Utd up; Chelsea, Everton lead

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We’ve seen eight goals in five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs across the Premier League, refreshed players giving refreshed performances.

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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United [STREAM]

Miguel Almiron gave the Magpies an early lead — WATCH HERE — but Leander Dendoncker answered quickly to put it level at the Molineux.

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley [STREAM]

Willian won a penalty that Jorginho converted, and Reece James set up Tammy Abraham for the Blues’ second goal at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United 1-0 Norwich City [STREAM]

A gorgeous, vintage Juan Mata pass found Marcus Rashford for the loan goal at Old Trafford.

Everton 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion [STREAM]

Richarlison is the man on the score sheet at Goodison Park, his eighth league goal of the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Southampton [STREAM]

Dennis Praet put the hosts ahead but it’s been all Saints since, with Stuart Armstrong leveling the score and Danny Ings twice hitting the frame of the goal.

WATCH: Almiron scores a peach of goal for Newcastle United

Miguel Almiron goal
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Wolves conceded another opener, this time at the Molineux (though they’d equalize before too long against Newcastle’s attention-free defense).

Miguel Almiron came out of the gates with fury to score his second Premier League goal.

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First, the ex-Atlanta United man dribbled 40-plus yards to cut a shot toward goal, but a diving Rui Patricio saw it sail wide of the frame.

He got his goal two minutes later, Jetro Willems and Dwight Gayle working the ball down the left before the latter poked a ball onto the Paraguayan’s path for a fine finish.

It’s a third goal in five matches across all competitions for the 25-year-old, who needed 27 matches with the Magpies to score his first.

Bruce raves about Almiron after Newcastle striker finally gets goal

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Steve Bruce celebrated Miguel Almiron’s match-winner so hard that he hurt himself.

The Newcastle United manager was as happy as anyone not named Almiron that the Paraguayan finally scored a Premier League goal on Saturday.

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The Magpies ran out 1-0 winners over Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, and Almiron’s cool side volley off an Andy Carroll flick did the trick.

That’s when Brucie hurt himself. From The Chronicle:

“I nearly did Jose Mourinho and my hip came out. I’m delighted. Everyone who has seen him play, as I have over 5 months, is delighted. He’s a good player, great pro, great lad and he’s very popular. You want people like that to succeed. He’s got it off his back.”

Bruce loved a lot about the goal and how it was constructed, and the playmaking veteran Geordie center forward was a bit part of it.

Newcastle’s manager says that the finally healthy Carroll is key to both the side’s on-field fate and the growth of record signing Joelinton.

And Bruce says he decided to give Almiron more of a role like the one he played for Tata Martino in MLS.

“Coming from a bit deeper helped,” said Bruce. “We have seen him play there, he played as number 10 for Atlanta for that. He’s no stranger to that role. It was his best performance for a while. It was a great cross from my center back Schar,  I don’t know what he’s doing there with five minutes to go. If Andy stays well he’s going to be a threat for us. He can teach Big Jo for us as well. It’s important for him to respond now as well.”

Newcastle will finish the weekend in ninth with 25 points, though the Magpies are through the soft spot of the schedule. They’ll next meet Manchester United, Everton, Leicester City, Wolves, and Chelsea.