A goal from Bruno Guimaraes in second-half stoppage time earned Newcastle a dramatic 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
The Foxes opened the scoring through Ademola Lookman in the 19th minute, before Guimaraes levelled things up before half-time. Things appeared to be heading for a draw before the Brazilian popped up right at the death to earn the Magpies the victory.
After an even start, Leicester’s work on the training ground paid off when Lookman finished off a clever set piece routine. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall drilled his corner to the front post and a clever flick from former Magpie Ayoze Perez sent the ball into the path of Lookman, who squeezed a shot under Martin Dubravka from close range.
Newcastle then levelled from a set piece of their own. Leicester failed to win the first header from a corner, and after Kasper Schmeichel failed to secure the ball, Guimaraes prodded the ball from between the Dane’s legs and into the back of the net.
Referee Jarred Gillett initially ruled the goal out for a foul, but he changed his mind after an on-pitch VAR review. Incredibly, it was the 17th time Leicester had conceded from a set piece in the Premier League this season.
Just before the break Dewsbury-Hall tried his luck from outside the box, but his strike was held by Dubravka in what was the final goalmouth action of the first half.
In the opening throws of the second period chances were at a premium, with Dewsbury-Hall and Joelinton both curling efforts just wide before the hour.
This lack of clear-cut chances continued throughout the second half, with Leicester dominating possession but being repelled by a well-organised grid of black and white shirts.
The Foxes did finally force an opening five minutes from time with Dewsbury-Hall bursting into the area and crossing for Kelechi Iheanacho, who saw his shot smothered by Dubravka.
Newcastle then grabbed a dramatic winner. With the four minutes of planned stoppage time already played, the Magpies cut through Leicester with a cutting counter-attack down the left flank and Guimaraes was there in the box to crash the ball home from a Joe Willock cross.
Here are your player ratings for both sides…
Newcastle vs Leicester player ratings
Martin Dubravka (GK) – 5/10 – Will be disappointed to have not kept Lookman’s shot out, having made contact with it. Fine otherwise.
Emil Krafth (RB) – 7/10 – Made one vital intervention to prevent Leicester shooting on goal.
Fabian Schar (CB) – 6/10 – Nearly had his pocket picked by Daka, which summed up his unconvincing display on the ball. Not bad defensively.
Dan Burn (CB) – 6/10 – A threat from set pieces. Some of his long passing was a bit aimless, but there could be few complaints about his defending.
Matt Targett (LB) – 7/10 – Dealt well with the dual threat of Perez and Justin. Started the counter-attack which led to the winner.
Bruno Guimaraes (CM) – 8/10 – Scored the least glamorous goal of his career but they all count. So impressive on the ball, a cut above everyone else on the pitch really. Times his run perfectly to score the winner.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 6/10 – Started slowly but grew into the game and spread the play with some raking passes.
Joelinton (CM) – 7/10 – A midfield maestro. He produced in both directions and his late runs into the box caused Leicester problems.
Miguel Almiron (RW) – 4/10 – Work rate was there but he failed to make anything happen on the ball.
Chris Wood (ST) – 3/10 – It was all a bit static. When he doesn’t score, he offers very little. Only 16 touches in his near 70 minutes on the pitch.
Allan Saint-Maximin (LW) – 5/10 – A live-wire throughout but did not bring his shooting boots.
SUB: Joe Willock (CM) – 5/10
SUB: Jacob Murphy (RW) – 5/10
2. Leicester (4-3-2-1)
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 5/10 – Bit of a nightmare for the goal. Little else to do aside from that.
James Justin (RB) – 6/10 – One-on-one defending was brilliant. Gave the ball away a bit too much.
Daniel Amartey (CB) – 6/10 – Very poor marking for Newcastle’s first-half leveller. Recovered after that.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – 5/10 – Did not do much wrong but was caught ball-watching for the winner.
Luke Thomas (LB) – 5/10 – A few sloppy moments. He looked rattled and, on current form, is unlikely to force his way back into the Europa Conference League side ahead of Timothy Castagne.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – 6/10 – Looked leggy but still put in a solid shift. His minutes will need to be managed carefully over the coming months.
Nampalys Mendy (CM) – 4/10 – Has been close to flawless in possession since his unexpected return to the first team, but he was often untidy here.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) – 6/10 – Another archetypal box-to-box display. He is the first name on the team sheet for Leicester right now. If we’re being overly critical, he might have tracked Guimaraes closer at the death.
Ayoze Perez (RF) – 6/10 – Created the opener with a clever flick. Decision making was lacking, and he was hooked off for Maddison.
Ademola Lookman (LF) – 7/10 – Leicester’s most threatening forward. Finished calmy for the opener and caused Newcastle plenty of issues on the edge of the box. Just needs to be more clinical.
Patson Daka (ST) – 5/10 – Isolated in the loan striker role but never stopped running. His goal drought continued.
SUB: James Maddison (RF) – 5/10
SUB: Harvey Barnes (LF) – 5/10
SUB: Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – N/A