Newcastle beats Brighton 4-1, one win away from the Champions League

AP , Thursday 18 May 2023

Newcastle is one win away from a return to the Champions League.

Newcastle United s English defender Dan Burn (C) celebrates after scoring his team second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on May 18, 2023. Photo: AFP


The Saudi-controlled club beat Brighton 4-1 on Thursday to strengthen its hold on third place in the Premier League.

Three more points will guarantee Newcastle a top-four finish and an automatic spot in the Champions League, a competition the club last played in 20 years ago. The team’s remaining games are at home to next-to-last Leicester and away to Chelsea.

Brighton striker Deniz Undav had an eventful game at St. James’ Park, glancing Kieran Trippier’s inswinging corner into his own net to give Newcastle the lead in the 23rd minute.

Trippier had a key role in the second goal, too, as he curled in a free kick that was nodded in by tall left back Dan Burn in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Undav made amends for his own-goal — Brighton’s league-high sixth of the season — by running onto Billy Gilmour’s defense-splitting pass and converting a finish to reduce the deficit in the 51st.

Callum Wilson ensured there was no way back with a goal on the breakaway in the 89th and he set up Bruno Guimaraes for a fourth two minutes later.

The loss for sixth-place Brighton all but ended its top-four hopes, leaving Roberto De Zerbi’s team to focus on finishing in fifth or sixth place and getting into the Europa League.

Newcastle’s players might have already done enough to secure a place in the Champions League qualification places. Liverpool is four points back in fifth and the only team that can stop them, but likely needs to beat Aston Villa and Southampton in its two remaining games just to stand a chance.

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