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That's all, folks!

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Thanks for following all the exciting cup action for today. We're back tomorrow with more games across Europe, so join us then.

Happy evening 👋

Another record milestone for Messi! 🌟

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Lionel Messi has passed Telmo Zarra as the all-time leading Copa del Rey final goalscorer, tallying 10 strikes in the competition on top of his two goals today.

Read the full story on Goal here.

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Future 🐐 in the making?

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FT: Athletic Club 0-4 Barcelona

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Barcelona are Copa del Rey champions!

It's a first trophy win under Ronald Koeman. 🏆

Athletic Club 0-4 Barcelona

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Griezmann thinks he's made it five - only for it to be ruled out as offside!

It was an even better goal than his first one, having kept his cool as he took it past the goalkeeper and into the net.

They lead by only four goals. The comeback is on for Athletic Club.

Smiles everywhere! 😁

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GOAL! Athletic Club 0-4 Barcelona

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It is now officially a bloodbath!

Messi scores again to make it FOUR! Game, set, match.

GOAL! Athletic Club 0-3 Barcelona

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GOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And it's Messi with strike as he delivers the third blow of the game. It's Leo Messi's world and we're all living in it.

GOAL! Athletic Club 0-2 Barcelona

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This time it's De Jong who doubles Barcelona's lead!

Game over?

GOAL! Athletic Club 0-1 Barcelona

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Antoine Griezmann scores to finally place Barcelona in the lead!

What a finish that was.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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CHANCE! Busquets makes an absolute meal of it and completely fluffs up his shot, inches away from the 'keeper. It's quite incredible that Barcelona haven't managed to score yet.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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CLOSE! Griezmann nearly, nearly puts his shot away after being teed up by Dest, only for it to be blocked by the keeper.

Please! One goal is all we ask for!

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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We're into the second half. It's still goalless.

To quote Third Eye Blind: "I want something else."

HT: Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Still 0-0 at half-time, with Barcelona all over Athletic Club at the moment but with no goals to show for it.

Messi especially has been on the front end of everything, with just the sole shot on target of the game.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

2021-04-17T20:12:46Z

Bit more pizzazz from Athletic Club here, to remind us that they are actually here in the stadium. Look at them go, trying to probe around the Barcelona goal.

Look at them.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Messi with the free-kick and... it hits the wall.

Barcelona are getting closer.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Messi is now on the ground after a collision. He's exchanging some heated words with the ref and will now receive treatment.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Barcelona have had 88 per cent of possession so far.

Yes.

88.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Not sure how Athletic Club are going to last like this. The game is all Barcelona, relentlessly pushing onto goal through Messi. But it is still 0-0 for now...

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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Messi with another shot, saved.

Rinse, repeat.

So close, yet so far! 🥵

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Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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ANOTHER! It's all Barcelona at the moment after Messi comes close yet again to finding the back of the net, only to pull it wide. It's only a matter of time...

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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CHANCE! Barcelona are in with another close effort on goal after Sergino Dest's effort goes wide.

Two solid chances after just eight minutes.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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CLOSE! Barcelona nearly take the lead after Messi sets it up for De Jong, only for it to hit the post in devastating fashion.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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It seems that Messi has done away with his ginger beard. It will be missed greatly.

Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

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And we're underway in the Copa del Rey final!

Tuchel & Chelsea send a message to Pep by ending Man City's quadruple dream

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Guardiola and co had their eyes set on a historic quadruple this season.

Then Tuchel came along.

Our Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella has unpicked how Tuchel has shown himself a worthy title challenger to Guardiola in the Premier League.

You can read the full piece here.

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The Tuchel + Chelsea love-in continues!

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Tuchel to BBC Radio 5 Live: "I’m very happy and proud of the team. We played against one of the strongest teams in Europe. There’s a big gap between us in the Premier League but the target was to close the gap for 90 minutes here. We played an excellent 35 minutes in the first half and an excellent half an hour in the second half.

"We’ve kept on pushing. The mentality and work ethic towards training is fantastic. I couldn’t be happier as a coach to be fighting with this team on the sidelines. It’s a very, very good moment. You see the structure and quality of the players and club. I play my part in this and try to keep the momentum going."

Werner: 'We’re not finished yet'

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Werner tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think the two best teams in England at the moment played against each other. It was a 50-50 game. We won because we made the counter-attacks and got one goal. In the end we defended very well, like in the games before. I think we can say the best team won.

"In these types of games it’s very important to have a good tactic, but in the end it’s the individual class that decides the game. That’s why we won the game. Both teams have very good tactics because they have very good managers. We had the individual quality today.

"It’s a great season if we win a title. We’re not finished yet. We have to play the semi-final in the Champions League and final here. We keep going and that’s the way we can win a title.

"It would be great to have fans here for the final. It’s a very, very beautiful stadium. I had the chance to play in front of 90,000 here with the national team. Hopefully there will be a lot of people in the stadium."

It's a huge De Bruyne blow for City... 🤕

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Copa del Rey final: Athletic Club XI vs Barcelona XI

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Here's how Athletic Club and Barcelona line up for their massive Copa del Rey showdown this evening.

Ziyech: 'You always have to have the feeling before the game that you want to score'

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Chelsea match-winner Hakim Ziyech speaks to BBC One after the game: "The second half was a bit difficult but we scored the one goal that we needed.

"You always have to have the feeling before the game that you want to score. It was a good delivery and I put it in easy."

When asked about finding his best form of the season, Ziyech said: “Not yet. I still have a lot to work on but I think I am in a good way."

And when pressed on a potential special end to the Blues' season, Ziyech replied: “Of course. If you see what we are still playing for. All the ways are open and everybody is excited about it.”

De Bruyne injury a cause for concern

2021-04-17T18:42:26Z

It was only seven minutes after Kevin de Bruyne was forced off the pitch with injury that Chelsea found their winning FA Cup semi-final goal through Hakim Ziyech.

De Bruyne's injury could be huge blow for Pep Guardiola as his side are still looking to lift the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup. He will be desperate to have the Belgian feature in as many games as possible.

Read the full story on Goal here.

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What a pairing Tuchel + Chelsea has turned out to be!

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FT: Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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CHELSEA ARE THROUGH TO THE FA CUP FINAL! They will face either Leicester or Southampton.

Tuchel has defeated Guardiola for the first time in his career.

This means that there will be no quadruple for City.

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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OFFSIDE! Pulisic scores and thinks he's sealed Chelsea's victory, but it's offside.

'Murica.

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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Silva has a back injury and can't continue, and is replaced by Zouma.

Chelsea are holding on with one foot in the final, while Man City's quadruple hopes look to be coming to an end...

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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CHANCE! Sterling skyrockets it over the bar after Jesus decided not to play it as he looked to be offside. Chelsea survive...

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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Werner thunders down the pitch towards goal... but falls way short on the finish.

Passing! A concept!

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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Fernandinho has finally received his first booking of the game, but he really should have been off a long time ago.

Mount is off for Pulisic. Can Chelsea extend their lead?

Werner has been on another level with his assists 💪

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Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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CLOSE! Ziyech nearly scores another, but Steffen makes a huge save!

Goals, goals, goals, please. To make up for that first half.

GOAL: Chelsea 1-0 Man City

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ZIYECH SCORES!!!! THERE IS A GOAL! A GOAL HAS BEEN SCORED!!! CHELSEA WITH THE GOAL!

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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De Bruyne is down with an ankle injury, and he's about to come off the pitch and be replaced by Foden.

Liam Gallagher summarises the first half:

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HT: Chelsea 0-0 Man City 😴

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It was a very lukewarm first half with Man City lacking in inspiration in attack, happy to only keep possession. Fernandinho is lucky to still be on the pitch.

Chelsea have had the brighter spells and have been the more impressive team despite not scoring, but are still missing that last bit of magic in the final third.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Kevin De Bruyne misplaces a pass. Chelsea really do look like the superior team here, and it's only a matter of time before they find an opening on goal.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Fernandinho really should be on at least one yellow card, after a boot to Mount's face earlier on in the game. Perhaps this is how footballers show their affection towards each other.

Fair play to Mount for carrying on without complaint.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Fernandinho escapes a booking after a rather ugly slide-in on Mount, though he gets a word of warning from the referee.

It did look like it warranted a yellow card on replay.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Man City keep playing the possession game, while Chelsea are content to just be waiting on the wings hoping for a break in a play. We could be in for a very long 90 minutes.

It's the Blues, though, who are looking more likely to score in this first half.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Chilwell with a chance, but it slides wide of the net! Nearly 20 minutes gone with no goal in sight.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Man City are happy to be playing the smooth passing game as calm and as cool as you like, to nobody's surprise.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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Jesus forces a save from Kepa, after a mistake from Aziplicueta gives Rodri possession, sending the Brazil international firing up towards goal.

It was a comfortable save in the end, after Jesus shot from distance.

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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OFFSIDE!

Ziyech scores – but he's offside!

It was a nice bit of play from Chelsea, with Werner setting it up for Ziyech who slotted it into the bottom left of the net.

Tuchel vs Guardiola

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Reminder that Thomas Tuchel has never won against Pep Guardiola in their five meetings.

Tuchel lost against Guardiola twice while he was in charge of Mainz and three times while he was in charge of Dortmund, while Guardiola was Bayern coach.

Could today be different?

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Chelsea 0-0 Man City

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And we're off in the FA Cup semi-final!

Will Chelsea continue their amazing FA Cup run?

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🗣 Guardiola speaks!

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"Semi-final of the FA Cup - the most traditional competition around the world. Pleasure to be here," Pep Guardiola told the BBC.

"Champions League we struggled to break that bridge from the quarter-finals but we did it. No time with this schedule to enjoy the good moments or be depressed in the bad ones.

"It will be an incredible tough game. They are one of the best sides in Europe right now. An incredible manager. The quality of Chelsea was always there.

"A tough, tough, tough game."

30 minutes to go...

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Is this a preview before opening night?

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This is perhaps more than just a FA Cup semi-final however, or simply another step on Manchester City's road to an unprecedented continental quadruple. This could very well be a particularly sun-kissed dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.

Both City and Chelsea are two legs away from the showpiece game of Europe's top tournament, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in their way.

Here, Alex Keble explains why they may well be favourites to reach Istanbul.

Abraham's absence continues to puzzle

2021-04-17T15:45:00Z

That Abraham - Chelsea's top scorer - has not played in the first team for two months is undoubtedly of some concern, particularly given that he has now returned to full fitness.

Our Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella ran his eye over the forward's situation, particularly in a year that is likely to see him miss out on Euro 2020 due to limited chances under Tuchel.

You can read that piece here.

Werner in, Pulisic out

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There's only two swap however for the Blues from the side that lost to Porto in midweek - yet still sealed a Champions League final four berth thanks to their first leg advantage.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, benched in Europe, are back into the starting XI, and it is Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz who make way for them, with Mason Mount the lone attacker to keep his spot.

Despite the reputation of all his fellow attackers, Mount's form has made him one of the continent's best players in recent months - though England teammate Tammy Abraham is again missing under Thomas Tuchel's watch.

Fernandinho in, Foden out

2021-04-17T15:35:00Z

There's a plethora of changes for Pep Guardiola from the side that beat out Borussia Dortmund to reach a first Champions League semi-final under the Spaniard in midweek.

Perhaps the most eye-catching inclusion is a start for the club captain, while England man Foden - who seized the winner in Germany - drops to the bench in place of Raheem Sterling.

It still remains a formidable bench - even without Sergio Aguero once more, the Argentine again an eye-catching absentee in his final year at the club.

FT: Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayern

2021-04-17T15:26:00Z

Bayern hold on - just.

Wolfsburg's unbeaten run on home turf in the Bundesliga comes to an end as a Jamal Musiala double ensures Hansi Flick's side strengthen their charge for another top-flight crown.

The Bavarians get back to winning ways, even with a raft of injuries. Their hosts will surely regroup to plot where they go from here in the race for the Champions League.

Bayern maintain march towards goal record

2021-04-17T15:11:00Z

Bayern have scored in each of their last 42 Bundesliga games including today's result, for those who are wondering what they're up to now.

This is the second longest scoring run in the history of the German top flight - only bettered by their own streak of 65 games set between 2012 and 2014.

Wolfsburg's record run in jeopardy

2021-04-17T15:01:00Z

Wolfsburg are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run at home in the Bundesliga, their longest such run for five years.

That streak looks to be on the way out unless they can find a third at some point here.

The last team to beat them on home soil in the league? Why, Bayern of course, last June.

Norwich set promotion record

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GOAL: Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayern

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Oh, Maximilian Philipp, you cheeky fellow!

Wolfsburg are right back in this game as the midfielder meets a low cross from Otavio flicked in off the left edge on the cusp of the six-yard box at the neat post, and he flicks out his right foot to simply divert it past the lunging Neuer.

Absolutely delightful. This is a one-goal game once again.

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Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern

2021-04-17T14:34:00Z

We're back underway in the Bundesliga, where Bayern are in the driving seat.

That said, there's enough signs that Wolfsburg won't drive quietly into the night here. Expect more goals in this one.

Dive deep on Jamal

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Musiala magic

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It's rarefied company Jamal Musiala finds himself in after that first-half double.

At 18 years and 50 days, he becomes the fourth youngest player in Bundesliga history to score a brace - only Timo Werner (17Y, 249D), Kai Havertz (17Y, 343D) and Daniel Halfar (18Y, 28D) were younger.

HT: Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern

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It's been spirited from the hosts - they're certainly no sheep in wolf's clothing, to spin an old phrase around - but really, Bayern were always going to deliver a response after their Champions League defence came to a miserable end.

It's the visitors well in control, two goals to the wise, at Volkswagen Arena, but Hansi Flick will know that his side can expect a further response from their fellow top four rivals.

GOAL: Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern

2021-04-17T14:08:00Z

Order is restored - ruthlessly!

As looping headers go, Jamal Musiala's effort here almost hung in the air like it was in orbit, not unlike that football that Wallace and Gromit kick in A Grand Day Out that never comes back to the ground.

This one does, eventually, and it beats out everyone, sailing over Casteels and in at the right post after the Germany international had met Muller's sharp cross out on the left edge. The youngster has a brace and Bayern restore a two-goal lead.

GOAL: Wolfsburg 1-2 Bayern

2021-04-17T14:05:00Z

Back from the brink for the hosts!

Xaver Schlager picks a loose, poor pass near the centre circle and is away through the middle of the field. He's got Wout Weghorst in support on the left and tees him up, whereupon the striker sweeps a low, curled effort beyond Neuer and in at the far post.

What a lovely bit of work from Wolfsburg - and what a slack bit of passing from Bayern. They just seemed to sleepwalk into that one.

GOAL! Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern

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(Choupo-Moting 24)

Calamity for Casteels. He attempts to collect a cross and fumbles it into the path of Choupo-Moting who stabs home from five yards. 

Really, really poor keeping from Casteels who casually went at the ball with one hand. What would Michael Jordan think? Not amused, probably.

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GOAL! Wolfsburg 0-1 Bayern

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(Musiala 15)

Excellent work from the left by Davies who drives down the line and into the box.

The ball falls for Musiala who gets his head up, drives inside, skips past three players and shoots on goal. The effort takes a deflection and spins past Casteels for the youngster's fifth Bundesliga goal of the season.

Bayern are on their way.

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Norwich promoted

2021-04-17T13:40:15Z

Away from the Bundesliga for a moment, Norwich have been promoted to the Premier League. Following Swansea City's 2-2 draw with Wycombe and Brentford's 0-0 draw with Millwall, the Canaries' promotion has been guaranteed ahead of their game with Bournemouth.

Wolfsburg 0-0 Bayern

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Early chance for Choupo-Moting who fires powerfully on goal but the effort is saved by Casteels.

Bright signs as Wolfsburg spring forward and Neuer has to scramble across his line to push a shot from Baku around the lost.

Wolfsburg v Bayern

2021-04-17T13:30:50Z

We are underway in the big game in the Bundesliga.

After RB Leipzig failed to beat Hoffenheim last night, Bayern have the chance to go seven points clear.

Wolfsburg's record against Bayern is awful, they are without a win in 11 games.

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FT! Newcastle 3-2 West Ham

2021-04-17T13:29:17Z

A massive, massive win for Newcastle who are now nine points clear of the relegation places. Safety is within touching distance.

For West Ham, they passed up a golden chance to cement their place in the top four and could be without Lingard for some time.

Thanks for following from St  James', Bundesliga action to follow.

 

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Newcastle 3-2 West Ham

2021-04-17T13:26:20Z

Joelinton gifts the ball to West Ham and a cross into the box causes panic in the Newcastle area but it goes out of play. 

Newcastle 3-2 West Ham

2021-04-17T13:21:52Z

Eight minutes of added time. Not sure Steve Bruce’s heart can take this.

Something for Lingard fans to cling to

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Jesse Lingard is the first player to score in five successive Premier League appearances for West Ham since Diafra Sakho, who did so during a run of six between September-October 2014

Newcastle 3-2 West Ham

2021-04-17T13:18:37Z

Things go from bad to worse for West Ham, as Lingard goes down in agony and is forced to limp off. Is it cramp, or something worse? Lanzini is on for Lingard.
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Loan star Willock

2021-04-17T13:17:00Z

Joe Willock has three goals in nine Premier League games for Newcastle, having scored just one in 40 apps for Arsenal in the competition.

GOAL! Newcastle 3-2 West Ham

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Joe Willock with a brilliant header. Newcastle fans were bewildered as to why he was not in the starting XI, but after climbing off the bench he climbs high and heads home from six yards.

Newcastle have been asleep for 35 minutes, but spring forward from nowhere.

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Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

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SCENES!

Newcastle break thorough, the ball is pulled across from Wilson and the ball falls to Murphy who shoots on goal but it is cleared off the line by Johnson.

Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

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We’ve got a barnstorming 10 minutes now. 

West Ham chasing Champions League qualification, Newcastle looking to fight off relegation.

GOAL! Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

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Lingard draws West Ham level with a penalty right in the corner and you cannot say it’s not been coming. Even with 10 men, they’ve been the better side.

Fulham and West Brom fans cheering right now as well.

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PENALTY! Newcastle 1-2 West Ham

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Having been in complete control, Newcastle are rocking  now and it’s a penalty for West Ham. Ciaran Clark jumped high and with his arm in an unnatural position, he is penalised after referee Kevin Friend was summoned to the monitor.

GOAL! Newcastle 2-1 West Ham

2021-04-17T13:05:27Z

Poor defending from Newcastle and Diop gets in between the centre halves to nod home.

Games back on at St James’, with Diop atoning for his comedy own goal earalier in the game.

Wolfsburg v Bayern

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Teams are in for the big game in the Bundesliga

Wolfsburg: Casteels, Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio, Schlager, Gerhardt, Baku, Philipp, Joao Victor, Weghorst

Bayern: Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Hernandez, Davies, Kimmich, Alaba, Musiala, Muller, Sane, Choupo-Moting

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:57:34Z

You love to see it! A foul throw from Coufal, and it was a shocker. Expensively paid players and so many of them are unable to take a throw-in. 

Coufal nearly atones moments later as he ghosts in at the back post, but Dubravka is able to gather.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:55:35Z

Newcastle turn to Callum Wilson, with the forward replacing ASM who is blowing quite hard. He has a terrific scoring record against the Hammers, with eight goals to his name in nine appearances.
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Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:53:31Z

JLingz’s has scored some crackers this season, but he fires well wide from 20 yards.

The difference in the second half, is Lingard is getting on the ball. He was pretty anonymous in the first 45 minutes. 

West Ham have the quality to turn this around if Newcastle take their foot off the gas.

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Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:48:14Z

Patient approach play from West Ham but their day is summed up as Johnson’s cross drifts aimlessly out of play.

The Hammers clung on in their last couple of games after leading 3-0 and you get the feeling this is Moyes’ side paying a price for those sloppy defensive displays.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:45:12Z

Quite a few subs warming up. Callum Wilson doing some stretches on the corner flag. Andy Carroll stood having a chat. Big Andy is a firm believer in conserving energy for when it matters.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:42:14Z

West Ham’s sum efforts in the first eight minutes of the second half are a tame shot at Dubravka and a clumsy foul by Johnson on Murphy. Not exactly the onslaught Hammers fans were hoping for.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:35:00Z

We're back underway for the second half, and the onus is on West Ham to take the game to Newcastle. 

Clumsy Hammers

2021-04-17T12:32:42Z

Diop’s own goal is the fourth for West Ham this season - most of any side in the Premier League.

HT! Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:20:16Z

No one saw this one coming. Fabianski is having comfortably his worst game of the season and Newcastle have two goals inside 45 minutes. 

Grim times for West Ham and their Champions League hopes, joyous times up and down the Quayside as Newcastle’s chances of avoiding relegation improve.

 

Lukasz Fabianski Newcastle vs West Ham Premier League 2020-21
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GOAL! Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:14:46Z

(Joelinton 41)

Bad to worse for West Ham, who gift a goal to Joelinton. A routine cross into the box and Fabianski goes up to gather with ease, but inexplicably drops the ball and from a yard out, Joelinton turns home.

The look on Joelinton’s face was a picture, as it was a bit if relief, a bit of bewilderment and a bit of delight.

To be fair, that is the default face of Newcastle fans whenever Joelinton scores.

GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:10:09Z

(Diop OG 36)

A defensive disaster for West Ham. The ball is gifted to Newcastle and ASM darts into the area. He shoots, but shoots tamely and it looks like Diop will clear. But after stopping it with his left foot, he pirouettes and back heels it in to the net with his right boot.

And to rub salt into the wounds, Dawson is sent off for a foul in the build-up.

Craig Dawson Newcastle vs West Ham Premier League 2020-21
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Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:06:59Z

Change of boots for Federico Fernandez. Unless that’s a boot malfunction, it should be a fine for players having to change boots mid-game. He’s had hours to assess the  pitch before play, yet feels the need for a change of tyres.

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T12:02:20Z

Shelvey is receiving a bit of stick from Newcastle fans and to be fair it’s justified so far. He’s gifted possession on a number of occasions and his only notable contributions are an early reducer on Soucek and a yellow card a short while later.

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:52:13Z

Positive stuff from Saint-Maximin who wins the ball on the edge of the area, darts to his right and fires a low shot straight at Fabianski. 

More of that is what Newcastle fans are thinking, and you have to believe that if the Frenchman stays fit the Magpies will keep their heads above water.

Allan Saint-Maximin Newcastle vs West Ham Premier League 2020-21
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Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:47:54Z

First effort on goal, with Jacob Murphy firing in a powerful low drive. Clearly buoyed by his fizzing goal against Burnley last week, Murphy thought he’d try his luck again but Fabianski was always in control.

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:44:47Z

Craig Dawson takes one for the team by picking up a booking for a foul on Joelinton. 

Dawson has clearly not done his homework as Joelinton bearing down on goal is not often a threat to opposition sides.

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:40:14Z

Fabianski flapping like a flag in the wind at a corner and is bailed out at the back post by Ogbonna. (Absolutely delighted to have got something right within five minutes of predicting Ogbonna’s return would be a welcome one for West Ham).

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:37:34Z

Tomas Soucek is felled in the middle of the park by Jonjo Shelvey. It seems that every time I watch West Ham, Soucek is the victim of plenty of fouls. He puts in a shift every week and has been a cracking signing for the Hammers.

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:33:46Z

Angelo Ogbonna is back for his first appearance since February 9 and his return is a welcome one for the Hammers. 

Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

2021-04-17T11:28:54Z

We're underway at St James' Park.

Players are out

2021-04-17T11:26:46Z

The players are out and the sprinklers are still on. Hopefully (for Newcastle fans) it's a sign that they will look to get the ball to the feet of ASM as much as possible, rather that rodding it into the Tyneside sky.

Hammers time?

2021-04-17T11:24:57Z

We're five minutes away from the start and is it too much to ask for more of this?

West Ham have scored three goals in each of their last three Premier League games – they last scored 3+ goals in four top-flight games in a row back in August/September 1928.

West Ham have gone 3-0 ahead in each of their last three Premier League games – in the competition’s history, only Manchester United have scored the first three goals in four consecutive matches before, doing so twice in February 2010 and September 2011.

Champions League the aim for Moyes

2021-04-17T11:20:05Z

It’s fair to say Lingard has been immense since making the move to West Ham. The Hammers are in the hunt for Champions League qualification on the back of his sizzling form.

David Moyes: “We want to finish up there, but we are realistic that the sides below us are all very good.

“We have good momentum and being up near the top is a true position.

“It was not our ambition at the start but it is our ambition now.”

There is absolutely no truth to the rumour that Moyes turned to Lingard after dropping his phone in the sink while trying to find Marouane Fellaini’s number.

Marouane Fellaini Manchester United
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Too early for Callum Wilson

2021-04-17T11:08:35Z

Steve Bruce: “It is an opportunity, but we are up against a decent team. It is a difficult challenge.

“We can't get carried away because we got a result at Burnley. It is important we keep that momentum for what lies ahead.”

On no Callum Wilson, Bruce said: “We think Allan is a week ahead of Callum so we have erred on a bit of caution. Another week’s training and hopefully he will be ready to start.”

Where's Willock?

2021-04-17T11:04:27Z

The inclusion of Saint-Maximin has pleased the Magpies faithful, but it’s fair to say one or two (editor's note, it’s more than one or two) are not best pleased that Joe Willock is warming the bench. 

Spleens being vented, from a social distance, all over the Bigg Market right now.

Did you know?

2021-04-17T10:59:59Z

Newcastle are looking to achieve their fifth Premier League double over West Ham (1993-94, 1994-95, 2010-11 and 2017-18), something they’ve only done as many times in the competition against Spurs.

Since David Moyes returned to the club, West Ham are unbeaten in all 22 of their Premier League games against sides in the bottom half of the table (W14 D8). Meanwhile, Newcastle have won just four of their 23 games against sides in the top four since returning to the Premier League in 2017 (D2 L17).

ASM v JLINGZ

2021-04-17T10:55:12Z

Lingard against Saint-Maximin, it's what the Premier League dreamed of had Lionel Messi joined Cristiano Ronaldo in England rather than CR7 heading to Spain.

This could be a thing of beauty, unless Bruce parks the bus in front of the Gallowgate.

🚨 TEAM NEWS | Newcastle v West Ham 🚨

2021-04-17T10:52:32Z

Teams are in and Steve Bruce has made the radical call of picking his best player in his starting XI

KLAXON ALERT! Allan Saint-Maximin is in the Newcastle team.

🎉 ⚽️ Welcome to Goal Matchday Live! ⚽️ 🎉

2021-04-17T10:47:44Z

Welcome, welcome for another feast of football. We've Copa Del Rey final action and an FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Mancester City, among other tasty treats.

But to kick things off it's Newcatle v West Ham in the Premier League, with kick off from St James' at 12:30.