Newcastle beat Southampton in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. It was a heated match with eight yellow cards including one player sent off. Finally, Magpies midfielder Joelinton scored the winner to take the advantage in the two-legged tie.
The matchup was of two historic English clubs going in drastically different directions. Newcastle have lost just two of their 26 games so far this season. The Magpies are currently third in the Premier League, ahead of teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Southampton, however, are at the bottom the state of the competition. The South Coast club have lost seven of their last eight top games and will have to fight to stay in the Premier League after this season. Despite their struggles in the league, the Saints had lost none of their five non-league games this season as of Tuesday.
Newcastle goal disallowed for handball
Joelinton thought to put the visitors ahead late in the first half. The versatile Brazilian threw himself into a rebounded shot and calmly shot the ball into the back of the net. However, match referee Stuart Attwell quickly disallowed the goal as Joelinton controlled the ball with his arm. Replays showed it was probably the right decision. The ball apparently hit the Newcastle player’s arm and chest.
Minutes later, there was a heavy clash between Nick Pope and Moussa Djenepo. The Newcastle goalkeeper flew out of his penalty area to haul in a header outside the box. Although he won the header, he also crushed Djenepo in the process. Nevertheless, Attwell decided there was no mistake. The Southampton winger had to be substituted before half-time due to the incident.
Joelinton makes difference in Carabao Cup for Newcastle
Joelinton finally put Newcastle ahead in the 73rd minute thanks to a perfect pass from substitute Alexander Isak. The Swede made a beautiful run-up to the Southampton penalty area and shot the ball straight at a charging Joelinton. The goal came exactly 20 minutes after the Brazilian missed a babysitter just in front of goal.
Southampton thought they would equalize two minutes later. Adam Armstrong, replacing the injured Djenepo, bundles the ball into the back of the net after a bit of chaos in the box. Although the goal initially stood, VAR eventually ruled it out due to a handball by the goalscorer.
The hosts’ chances of a comeback were essentially crushed when centre-back Duje Caleta-Car was sent off for a second yellow card late in the match.
Both fouls came from dribbling Magpies players trying to push through towards goal. Newcastle went on to win the match to take a 1–0 lead at home to St. James’ Park. The reverse match will take place on January 31.
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