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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Benitez praises Almiron after first Newcastle start

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Rafa Benitez has wanted Miguel Almiron at Newcastle United for a long time, and was effusive with praise for the Paraguayan after a game-changing display in his first Premier League start.

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Well, let’s clarify: Rafa was effusive with praise considering his reserved standard of praising.

The pesky and electric Almiron drew attention all day in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat of 10-man Huddersfield Town, who was down a man thanks to an Almiron-drawn foul.

Yeah, he was good. Here’s Benitez on Almiron, from two separate interviews:

“He did what we expected of him. He linked well with the other forwards. It was a great day for him and the fans.

“His contribution in terms of work rate was really good. He will be pleased with his performance and the fans will be too. He will give us a different characteristics and different options.”

Almiron was exceptional, all over the attacking half and a handful throughout the contest. Up next is another hard-fouling side in Burnley, and the Paraguayan will again be key to earning space for his teammates (and himself).

Almiron sizzles for Newcastle (video)

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  • Smith sent off, 10th minute
  • Rondon with goal, assist
  • Almiron makes first Premier League start
  • Newcastle four points clear of 18th

Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez scored as Newcastle United collected a cool three points with a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Huddersfield Town at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Newcastle and MLS record transfer Miguel Almiron was fantastic in his first Premier League start, doing everything but score including drawing a 20th minute red card from Tommy Smith.

Newcastle moves onto 28 points, four clear of the drop zone, while the visiting Terriers remain 14 points back of safety with 11 matches to play in their PL season.

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The team’s traded early chances, but Miguel Almiron nearly made himself an instant Newcastle hero when sprung 1v1 with Jonas Lossl. But his chip hit the post and Salomon Rondon’s rebound hit the same piece of iron.

Another Newcastle break led to a Fabian Schar shot directly to Lossl, who minutes later got a piece of Rondon’s in-tight effort on goal.

With Town under pressure, Tommy Smith saw straight red for a foul on Almiron.

The ex-Atlanta United man would get the next chance, with Lossl stopped his near-post effort.

Lossl then lost an Almiron shot between his legs and Chris Lowe cleared the effort.

Yedlin cued up Perez for another shot that Lossl tipped out for a corner, and Rondon’s diving attempt to head a as Huddersfield was happy to get to halftime down just a man and not a goal or three.

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Isaac Hayden‘s mistouch turned into a fine assist, as Rondon lashed past Lossl within 90 seconds of the match’s restart.

The Magpies doubled its advantage and started working on their goal differential when Perez completed a move started by an Almiron cross and moved ahead by Yedlin and Rondon.

Almiron almost cued Perez up for 3-0, but the Spaniard spun his shot just wide of the near post. Almiron was then stopped by Lossl before Longstaff hit the cross bar.

The Paraguayan import got wild applause when he was replaced by Christian Atsu with under 10 minutes to play.

Eales: Atlanta United ‘set the table’ for future MLS transfers to Premier League

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Atlanta United’s protracted negotiations with Newcastle United for Miguel Almiron turned out to give both sides what they want. Newcastle got a star young attacking midfielder, with Atlanta United turning a profit in a record transfer deal.

According to Atlanta United club president Darren Eales, the deal has set the table for future transfers out of MLS.

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“Clearly, Rafa (Benitez) wanted the player and they had done their homework,” Eales told the Newcastle Chronicle. “He was someone they had thought about. They had done their due diligence and thought ‘okay, we’re going to push the button on this one’.

“It was important for Miggy because it was his dream. It was important for the league, too, for that type of number. It is by far and away the record transfer fee for MLS. I think we have helped to set the table for future transfers.”

Almiron’s $27 million deal to Newcastle raises the value of all players coming out of MLS. With South Americans looking north and young Americans looking to move to Europe, European clubs are now beginning to see the Smerican market as a good proving ground for raw talent, and a cut-rate prices compared to Europe.

Almiron praises MLS as he settles in at Newcastle

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Miguel Almiron is settling in well at Newcastle United and is in line to make his Premier League debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Almiron, 24, became the most-expensive player in Newcastle’s history when he signed from Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United for $26 million on transfer Deadline Day, Jan. 31.

The Paraguayan international has a lot of pressure on his shoulders from Newcastle’s passionate fans and although there are doubts about Almiron translating his success from MLS to the Premier League, he is totally confident he will be a hit at St James’ Park.

“I think for some time now the MLS has been improving,” Almiron told the media as he spoke to them for the first time since arriving at Newcastle. “Every year you see more and more quality players come in. I think it’s a good sign and a positive thing for that league. There are big differences between the two leagues… and [the Premier League] is a tougher league to play in. But I think with the help of my team-mates in training and the manager, it’s something I think I’ll cope with, and they’ll help me along the way.”

Almiron — who says he is feeling fit after spending preseason with Atlanta before his January move — will add an extra spark to Newcastle’s attack, with his incisive runs, wand of a left foot and ability to track back as well as he surges forward.

Sure, it will be a huge step up from MLS to the Premier League, but he will now be given time to settle in and his manager has already said he is a long-term signing and not a lot is expected of Almiron for the final 13 games of this season.

“I aim to bring something to the group of players we’ve already got… My main aim at the moment is settling in and getting to know my team-mates,” Almiron said. “It’s been a hectic week with lots of things to sort out, but now I feel more settled. I’ve managed to put in some decent work already… I feel good in myself.”

Newcastle currently sit five points above the relegation zone with 13 games to go, and a bit of magic from Miggy will go a long way to the Magpies securing their PL status for at least another season.

What about that price tag?

“First and foremost I see it as an honor,” Almiron said. “It’s something that I try not to pay too much attention to. It’s something that it secondary when it’s compared to me helping the team. I want to bring something.”