Newcastle with Botman back in Champions League after 20 years, Leicester must fear
Newcastle United will play in the Champions League next season. A point against Leicester was enough to finish at least fourth and thus force participation in the billion-dollar ball. It is the first time in 20 years that the club has participated in the Champions League.
Leicester City still holds a slim chance of maintaining themselves in the Premier League. With skill, the team took a point at Newcastle: 0-0.
Newcastle celebrated modestly, yet there was also disappointment in Sven Botman’s team, because if they had won, the third place would have been as good as certain. Now the Manchester United of Erik ten Hag and Wout Weghorst can still take it.
Newcastle struggled to get through Leicester’s defense. Only after 22 minutes was there the first shot on goal. Elliot Anderson shot from just outside the 16-yard box, but his out shot was an easy target for goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.
There were no chances in the early stages. Cards did. Bruno Guimarães and Alexander Isak received yellow cards after hard fouls.
After 40 minutes, Leicester nearly succumbed to the pressure after all. After a header from Callum Wilson, there was an old-fashioned scrimmage where the ball could be cleared via the post and Wilfred Ndidi.
Three minutes later, the post saved Leicester again. Miguel Almirón volleyed the ball onto the aluminum and Alexander Isak popped the ball wildly over in the rebound. Thus, the team that became champions in 2016 made it to halftime 0-0.
In the second half, the picture remained the same. Newcastle tried to play through the blue wall, Leicester hardly got the ball.
Twenty minutes before time it was again the post that got in Newcastle’s way, Bruno Guimarães headed onto the post some twenty centimeters before the goal anyway. A few minutes later, Iversen had to make a save on a Sean Longstaff strike.
In extra time, Leicester had the first chance of the game, but goalkeeper Nick Pope had a good reflex on Timothy Castagne’s shot. Thus, the game remained without goals.
Leicester City will play West Ham United on the last day of play. The club must win that match to stay in the Premier League and hope that Everton does not win at home against Bournemouth. The difference with Everton is two points in favor of the Liverpool club.