Newcastle reached their first Carabao Cup semi-final in 47 years
Newcastle upon Tyne, England – Newcastle United cruised to their first Carabao Cup semi-final since 1976 as second-half goals from Dan Byrne And Joelinton Tuesday’s 2-0 quarter-final victory over Leicester City at St James’ Park.
Man of the match performance by the Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward He had threatened to demoralize Newcastle and take the game to penalties, but goals from Byrne and Joelinton won the tie to keep hopes of Newcastle’s first domestic title since 1955 alive.
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1. Howe brought Newcastle closer to glory
Newcastle are approaching their first major final since 1999 and the club’s transformation under manager Eddie Howe takes a giant leap forward with a Carabao Cup quarter-final victory over Leicester. Burn’s first goal for the club opened the scoring with 60 minutes left Joelinton Made it safe with Newcastle second after 12 minutes.
The result led to protracted celebrations by home fans whose desperate waiting for success goes back to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the Europa League) back in 1969. In terms of domestic silverware, the 1955 FA Cup is the last Fairs Cup. Newcastle trophy cabinet.
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But with Newcastle also chasing fourth place in the Premier League, progressing to the cup semi-finals is a huge testament to the work Howe has done since his appointment in November 2021. When he arrived at the club, Newcastle were battling relegation, but since then, he has transformed The former Bournemouth coach transformed the team into one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League
Howe has turned the fortunes of many players, incl Joelinton And Miguel Almiron in particular, who were seen as costly flops before Howe took over. Both are now in form and crucial figures in the squad. Howe has also worked wonders in the transfer market by helping to sign the likes of Burn, Kieran TrippierAnd Bruno GuimarãesAnd Nick Pope And Sven Putman.
With Newcastle now backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and willing to keep pace financially with other top clubs, it seems inevitable that success will become the norm in the years to come.
But for now the magpies are at the foot of their flight, and Howe’s work has been the most important factor in their ascent. They are now eyeing the Wembley final, with only a semi-final between them and the Carabao Cup final.
2. Vardy is coming to an end, but Leicester cannot be dispensed with
Jamie Vardy He squandered two clear chances to send Leicester back into the quarter-finals after coming on as a substitute in the second half, but the former England striker still did more during his short spell on the pitch than the rest of Leicester’s forwards.
At the age of 35, Vardy is nearing the end of his amazing career. His story — a non-league striker given a late chance in the professional game — is rare in the modern era, and he scuttled every opportunity he left late.
But the man whose goals helped Leicester win the 2015-16 Premier League title has scored just once this season, and he can no longer count on being part of the starting squad.
Vardy’s pace hasn’t been what it used to be and injuries are starting to take a toll on his fitness, but Leicester have tried and failed for years now to find a long-term replacement.
Kelechi Iheanacho He has done well since his arrival from Manchester City, but not at Vardy’s level, while Batson Dhaka It’s nowhere near the level of the former exhibition groundsman who became the first £1m non-league player when he left Fleetwood Town for Leicester in 2012.
Vardy would become the greatest player in Leicester’s history, but the sands of time are running out.
3. St James’ Park is the cauldron again
Newcastle’s St James’ Park has long had a reputation as one of the rowdiest and most hostile stadiums in England – but over the past decade it has become a soulless land inhabited by unhappy fans during the barren years of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club.
Fans began to turn away, and at the end of the Ashley era, those fans who turned up vowed not to wave bunting or flags until the club had new owners.
But since the Saudi Arabian-led takeover at the start of last season and the change in ambitions for the club, the match day experience has changed at St James’s.
Newcastle’s ties to Saudi Arabia have led to scrutiny of the new owners’ motives and allegations of sports laundering – and many fans admit to being conflicted about their club’s now inexorable attachment to a system regularly criticized for its human rights. Record.
But while the big factor in the atmosphere at the stadium is certainly the feeling the club is going places under the control of new owners, the end of the Ashley era is perhaps even greater. Under Ashley, Newcastle fans felt the life was being sucked away from their club, but the team and the city have changed since he sold himself and St James’s are back on the swing again.
Back in the sultry 90s days, St James’ atmosphere played a huge part in the 5-0 win over Manchester United and the famous Champions League victory over Barcelona. Against Leicester on Tuesday, St James led the team to another big win with flags, colors and noise throughout.
This is one of the great arenas of football, and I finally got to feel it again.
Newcastle: Nick Pope7; Kieran Trippier 7, Sven Putman 6, Fabian Schar 6, Dan Bern 7; Joelinton 6, Sean Longstaff 6, Bruno Guimaraes 6; Miguel Almiron 7, Callum Wilson 6, Joe Willock 7.
Submarines: Alexandre Isaac 6, Alain Saint-Maximin 6, Jacob Murphy 6.
Lester: Danny Ward 8 Timothy Chestnut 6, Weiss 7, Daniel Amartey 6, Luke Thomas 5; Wilfred Ndidi 6, Youri Tielemans 6, Mark Albrighton 6; Harvey Barnes 6, Patson Daka, 5, Ayoze Perez, 6.
Submarines: Jamie Vardy 6, Kelechi Iheanacho 6, Nambales Mendy 6.
The best and worst performers
Best: Danny Ward from Leicester City
The goalkeeper kept his team tied in the first half with a number of key saves. He couldn’t save his team from defeat, but Ward was phenomenal all night.
Worst: Batson Daka, Leicester City
The striker had a clear chance to open the scoring in the first half and instead opted to pass the ball through. A sad decision that could have cost his team the match. After all, if the Foxes score first, that’s a whole different game.
Highlights and notable moments
After a frustrating first half for the hosts, Newcastle St James’ Park erupted in the 60th minute with a goal by defender Dan Byrne.
Dan Burn scores to put Newcastle 1-0 up
Dan Burn goal in the 60th minute: Newcastle United 1-0 Leicester City
Newcastle continued to pressure Newcastle and doubled its lead in the 72nd minute from Brazilian midfielder Joelinton.
Tuesday’s game marked the first time Jolinton had a goal and an assist in the same game since 2020.
Joelinton doubles Newcastle’s lead with a great shot
Joelinton doubles Newcastle’s lead with a great shot
Byrne’s goal was his first since joining Newcastle in January 2022.
As a defender who grew up among the Magpies fans, he was certainly very happy about it.
Dan Byrne pulls off dance moves! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/m7e3z3gric
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After the game: what the managers said
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers: “The team with more quality took their chances, and they did better than Newcastle. Newcastle have more quality, they played more quality and they needed a lot of touches in midfield. We were careless with our passes. We didn’t pass the ball properly until Nambales Mendy came on.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “The players created a lot of chances and their goalkeeper played very well to keep us out until we scored. It was a great team performance. Dan Burn’s goal was amazing. He won the ball up the field, cut into the area and scored with an incredible right foot. He’s a great character and he has He added real leadership to the group.”
Key stats (courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info)
Newcastle qualified for the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since losing the final to Manchester City in 1975-76.
Newcastle have not advanced to the final since the 1998-99 FA Cup (which they lost to Manchester United) and have not won a trophy since the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Their last domestic trophy was the 1954-55 FA Cup.
Dan Burn scored his first goal for Newcastle in all competitions. He hasn’t scored a goal since January 2, 2022, when he played for Brighton & Hove Albion, in an English Premier League match against Everton.
Jolinton scored a goal and an assist in the same match for Newcastle for the third time in his career, his first since November 27, 2020.
Newcastle United: The Magpies are returning their focus to the Premier League and will host Fulham on Sunday, January 15th at 9am ET. Followed by a trip to London to face Crystal Palace on January 21.
Leicester City: The Foxes resume Premier League action on Saturday, January 14, when they head to Nottingham Forest at 10am ET. Then they host Brighton & Hove Albion on January 21.