Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle United: Ayoze Perez earns Magpies a first away game since December, while being 10 points away from the relegation zone
- Leicester City & # 39; s four-game winning streak ended as Newcastle defeated them in the Premier League on Friday
- Ayoze Perez headed a Matt Ritchie crossing in 32 minutes when Newcastle first won in 2019
- The win at the King Power Stadium took the Newcastle 10 points from Rafael Benitez free from the relegation zone
Finally Rafael Benitez can take a breath. It was a season of stress in the search for survival, but this victory should see Newcastle safely.
For a month, Benitez said that one more victory would be enough, and since he felt the opportunity here, he carried the emotions externally. He screamed and tense, beckoned and screamed.
At the end of his team, Leicester had defeated with a determined display and moved to 38 points, certainly outside of Cardiff's reach. A noisy distance certainly followed that.
Newcastle United celebrated its first away win since December after having won three points in Leicester City on Friday night
Ayoze Perez (right) headed Newcastle ahead in the first half of Friday & # 39; s Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
Perez, seen celebrating with his Newcastle teammates, has now scored eight goals in all competitions this season
PLAYER CORRECTIONS AND LIVE PREMIER TABLE
Leicester (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel 7; Ricardo 6, Morgan 7, Maguire 6.5, Chilwell 5; Ndidi 6 (Mendy 72 & # 39; 6); Gray 5 (Iheanacho 72 & # 39; 6), Tielemans 6, Maddison 7, Barnes 6.5 (Albrighton 80 & # 39;) Vardy 6
booked: Tielemans, Schmeichel
Subs not used: Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs
Manager: Brendan Rodgers 6.5
Newcastle (5-4-1): Dubravka 7; Manquillo 7, Schar 7, Lascelles 7, Dummett 7, Ritchie 7; Perez 7.5, Ki 7 (Diame 82 & # 39;), Hayden 7, Almiron 7 (Atsu 78 & # 39;) Rondon 7
Target: Perez 32
booked: Ki, Schar, Manquillo
Subs not used: Shelvey, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin, Darlow
Manager: Rafa Benitez 7.5
Ref: Christopher Kavanagh 7
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They celebrated Newcastle & # 39; s first and last win since December 15, and it was all the more impressive to compete against one of the Premier League format teams. Leicester was again stimulated by Brendan Rodgers, but they struggled badly to find a way through Benitez's side. Jamie Vardy, scorer of eight goals in eight games, barely had a pinch and while possession around 70/30 against Newcastle was worthy of a result worthy of Leicester's European ambitions.
Benitez had warned against complacency beforehand and followed by positioning himself from the start on the edge of his technical field and giving a constant stream of instructions. His players seemed to listen and contain Leicester with a typical defensive organization but also with an attacking threat.
Salomon Rondon hit a beautiful free kick of almost 30 meters that curled just a little too much and hit the bar with beaten Kasper Schmeichel. Miguel Almiron turned into the area and got a shot away that parried Schmeichel.
So it was not a total surprise when Newcastle took the lead just after half an hour. The movement started in midfield and eventually Almiron took possession of the ball on the wing. He shot the box, but Ricardo Pereira brought in a block and the ball went to Matt Ritchie, who had advanced from the wing. Ritchie & # 39; s first touch was great, he drove past Ricardo, and his second was great, a cross asking to be attacked. Ayoze Perez anticipated brilliantly, cut through Wes Morgan and looked into the far corner with a header. He has now scored three of Newcastle & # 39; s last five goals.
It was certainly a shock to the system for Leicester, who had not been behind Rodgers since his opening game in early March.
Salomon Rondon from Newcastle looked up at the sky and smiled after he came very close to open the score with a free kick
The free kick by Rondon Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel only hit the crossbar and bounced into safety
But Newcastle took the lead before half-time when Perez Wes Morgan hit a header and the ball hit the net
Foxes goalie Schmeichel ducked to the left but was unable to reach the ball, as Newcastle went on 32 minutes
The Newcastle midfielder, Matt Ritchie, smiled after he delivered the cross with which Perez had reached the opening goal of the game
There were moments in the first half when they reached the heights that made this an exciting entry by their new manager. Ben Chilwell exchanged a one-two with James Maddison and struck a blow with his weaker right foot that pushed Martin Dubravka to full length. Harvey Barnes later shot the ball to the left, leaving Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar in his wake, and an end was saved on Dubravka's second attempt.
Especially though Leicester became frustrated, illustrated as a failure by Youri Tielemans just before the break. He jumped in to block the long passage of Ki Sung-Yueng along the canal, but only managed to plant his studs on his opponent's ankle. Referee Christopher Kavanagh showed a yellow. It could have been red.
Fear grew around the King Power in the second half and a moment summed up how much fun Newcastle had. Schar went on a deep dribble, danced past four Leicester players, including Jamie Vardy, who was kicked back in an attempt to impress. Schar eventually transferred to Almiron, who missed the opportunity by bypassing the ball.
Vardy couldn't reach Maddison well and that was just as good as for the home team. Perez could even have added up the score if he squirmed free to shoot, only for Schmeichel to spread well.
Newcastle's Paraguayan midfielder, Miguel Almiron, jumped on Perez's back while visitors celebrated taking the lead
Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans (left) and No 9 Jamie Vardy looked down after they saw their side fall home
Manager Brendan Rodgers (center) spoke to his Leicester players during a break in the game when he tried to make a comeback
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez looked serious when he gave instructions to No 9 Rondon from the sidelines