Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11:09 PM• Martin van Mourik

Newcastle United have taken an important step towards the final of the EFL Cup. In the first leg of the semi-final battle with Southampton, manager Eddie Howe’s team was 0-1 too strong thanks to a goal from Joelinton. It was the ninth time in the last ten games the Magpies not conceding a goal. Next Tuesday, the return will be played at St. James’ Park.

Howe counted on his trusted eleven names on Tuesday evening, which meant, among other things, that Sven Botman was left in the center of the defense. At Southampton, which lost 0-1 to Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend, the entire vanguard was overturned. Samuel Edozie, Che Adams and Adam Armstrong had to make way for Moussa Djenepo, Sekou Mara and Mislav Orsic respectively.

In the fortieth minute, Joelinton thought he would score the opening goal. After a nice dribble over the left flank and a shot from Joseph Willock, the left winger scored from the rebound, but the video showed that Joelinton had first taken the ball with his hand before shooting: goal disallowed. More than seven minutes after the break, Joelinton was again close to scoring. Although the winger was able to put the ball into an almost empty goal at close range, he shot high over.

The spell was finally broken fifteen minutes before the end. This time Joelinton did have his sights on and he walked in a great cross from Aleksandr Isak: 0-1. Minutes later, a Southampton goal was disallowed as substitute Armstrong touched the ball with his hand before shooting in. In the end, the home team decided the game with ten men. In the 87th minute, Duje Caleta-Car knocked down the threatening Allan Saint-Maximin, giving him his second yellow card and will have to miss the return.


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