Bruno Guimarães scored a last-minute winner as Newcastle United came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Easter Sunday. The Brazilian’s brace extended Eddie Howe’s side’s imperious home form, with the ‘Magpies’ now unbeaten in seven league outings at St James’ Park.
High on adrenaline after booking their first-ever European semi-final, Leicester got off to an excellent start as Ademola Lookman buried his first-time finish from a perfect corner routine despite Martin Dúbravka almost bodying it away. Newcastle had gotten off to a positive start earlier, but the goal marked a change in momentum as the ‘Foxes’ saw more of the ball thereafter.
Unbothered by the visitors on the front foot, the hosts then took advantage of a defensive mishap as Guimarães knocked the ball between Kasper Schmeichel’s legs into the net to stir the home crowd alive 10 minutes before HT. Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall then found an opening with a left-footed curler right before the break, but Dúbravka’s presence kept things level going into the second period.
A flurry of shots by Allan Saint-Maximin early after the restart indicated Newcastle’s intentions but needless to say, Brendan Rodgers’ outfit never looked likely to take their foot off the gas.. Having won just one of their last nine league trips, Leicester failed to marshal their forces in the final stages to better their poor recent away record. The final blow was yet to come, as a last-minute thrust on the left flank via counter-attack allowed Guimarães to dive in and slam his header home to send St James’ Park into a meltdown.
Despite not being mathematically safe, the ‘Magpies’ will continue to seek a first top-half finish since 2017/18 after a dismal start to the season. The visitors tasted defeat for the first time in six matches in all competitions and it will take more than this afternoon’s display to forget an unremarkable domestic campaign.