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J. Harrison
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F. Schär
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J. Harrison
Raphinha
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M. Almirón
C. Wilson
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Raphinha
Rodrigo
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Shots On Target 5 2
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That is all from this Premier League fixture, until next time!
A better, more attacking second-half performance may have given Bruce's men hope, however, they are now winless in 11 in all competitions and next face a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. Bielsa's side, who picked up their first win of 2021 here, remain in 12th and will next travel to Brendan Rodgers' in-form Leicester City.
Raphinha's first-half finish sent the Whites in 1-0 up at the break before Almiron pegged the visitors back in the next 45. However, the Magpies only remained level for four minutes, with Harrison then producing a wonderful left-footed volley past Darlow to restore the away side's lead. Despite the introduction of Saint-Maximin and numerous chances for the hosts, Bielsa's men stood firm and defended resolutely to earn a valuable 2-1 away win at St. James' Park.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-2 LEEDS UNITED
90' + 4' The visitors unsurprisingly appear content to keep possession in the right-hand corner, as Ayling and Rodrigo persist to dance around the hosts' defenders and waste some more vital seconds.
90' + 2' There is to be four minutes of added time as Bruce's side chase what would be a crucial equaliser. Whether they score or not in these closing minutes, the Magpies have looked a different side this second half in comparison to previous weeks.
90' A chance falls to Klich inside the area, as he opens his body up and attempts to fire into the bottom left corner. Lascelles gets in the way, deflecting it behind before it can trouble Darlow. VAR has a quick check for handball by the centre-back before play resumes with Harrison's corner, which Darlow claims.
J. Harrison
Yellow Card
89' Harrison, either for his tackle on Almiron or the exchanges with Wilson that followed, gets booked by Taylor.
89' Tensions are rising out in the middle as Wilson and Harrison exchange a few pushes after the latter had fouled Almiron on the right-hand side.
88' Ayling looks to cross from the right but his cross gets deflected when looking for Harrison at the back post. Nevertheless, Darlow still appears troubled by the cross and opts to palm Lewis' deflection over the bar and out for a corner to the visitors.
Rodrigo
Yellow Card
85' Rodrigo receives a booking for squaring up to Schar.
F. Schär
Yellow Card
85' Schar, for his reaction to Rodrigo's theatrics and the subsequent commotion which followed, receives the third booking of the game.
85' Rodrigo theatrically throws himself to the floor after a coming together with Schar near the halfway line and it looks like referee Taylor is going to add some more names to his book.
84' This time it is Gayle who steps up to take the free-kick but the result is the same as all the previous takers who have shot before him - high, wide and not testing Meslier.
83' Saint-Maximin causes Ayling more problems, racing inside and eventually drawing the inevitable foul from Leeds' right-back. The game plan now appears simple for the Magpies, get the ball out to the left and let Saint-Maximin isolate himself against Ayling.
81' CLOSE! Schar drives through the middle on a rare foray forward, ignoring all passing options and reaching the edge of the D. The Swiss defender then unleashes a right-footed effort to Meslier's left, forcing the French goalkeeper to parry wide to keep his side 2-1 up.
79' Newcastle are essentially playing with four up top when they have possession. This is what the home supporters have been crying out for all season and despite being a goal down, they may take some courage from this spirited performance from Bruce's men.
D. Gayle
R. Fraser
77' Bruce sends on another forward in search of an equaliser. This time, Fraser is the man to come off for Gayle.
77' SAVE! Fraser takes the inswinging corner towards Shelvey, who towers above Ayling to head to the right of Meslier. The French goalkeeper reacts quickly, however, making an excellent save to tip the chance over the bar.
76' Saint-Maximin again has joy against Ayling, cutting inside and causing chaos before winning a corner on the left. The Magpies must be thinking just give possession to the Frenchman and let him try and create an opportunity, as he looks incredibly dangerous every time he has the ball at his feet.
75' The hosts are looking to avoid losing both home and away Premier League games against a newly promoted club in a season for only the third time, previously doing so against Charlton Athletic in 2000-01 and Watford in 2015-16.
73' Shelvey's initial free-kick strike gets deflected behind for a corner on the right. The English midfielder then takes the resulting corner but Leeds remain firm to head clear, despite Saint-Maximin and Almiron's best efforts to keep the set-piece alive.
72' Almiron, who has appeared to be a changed player in the second half, progresses through the middle before Phillips brings him down. The referee doesn't initially award a foul but Wilson is then brought down by Phillips and referee Taylor decides enough is enough and blows his whistle for a Magpies free-kick.
70' Schar sends the resulting free-kick into the wall and then makes up for his wasted effort by volleying towards goal. However, Meslier is more than capable of dealing with the Swiss' second strike and dives comfortably to collect to his right.
69' Saint-Maximin is in acres of space through the middle once more and manages to buy a foul off of Phillips 25 yards from goal, slightly to the left of centre. Bielsa and his staff are furious on the touchline that his side are offering the hosts so many chances to attack in the last few minutes.
67' OFF THE BAR! Raphinha gives away a needless corner with a wayward pass backwards towards Meslier. Shelvey takes the inswinging set-piece, finding Lascelles, whose header clips off of Cooper's head and catches the top of the crossbar before going out for another corner to the Magpies.
66' CHANCE! Saint-Maximin makes an immediate impact, breaking through the middle before rolling in Lewis to the left of the area. The left wing-back then just has Meslier to beat but thrashes his left-footed effort over the bar. He has to do better and hit the target with that sort of opportunity.
A. Saint-Maximin
J. Murphy
64' After nearly equalising, Murphy is brought off for Saint-Maximin as Bruce looks to chase the game.
64' CLOSE! Perhaps inspired by Harrison's technique for the third goal of the game, Murphy tries to replicate his opposite number's technique with his right foot from 25 yards out. Unfortunately for the hosts, the right wing-back's volley sails agonisingly wide to the right of Meslier's goal.
63' Shelvey dances in and out of the visitors' defence, eventually reaching the byline and attempting to poke across to Wilson. Struijk is alert to the danger and manages to intervene before Wilson can test Meslier from close range.
Raphinha
Assist
61' Raphinha, scorer of the first goal, is afforded far too much space, ghosting inside before dinking over the top for Harrison to score.
J. Harrison
Goal
61' GOALL! 2-1 LEEDS! Raphinha coasts inside, chipping a pass over the top of Newcastle’s defence to Harrison towards the left of the area. Harrison takes one touch, before slicing across the ball and volleying into the far corner with the outside of his left boot. VAR has a quick check for offside but Lascelles is clearly playing the Leeds man onside and the goal stands.
T. Roberts
P. Bamford
60' Bielsa makes his third and final change of the game as he brings off Bamford for Roberts.
59' Bruce has never lost a home league match against Leeds in his managerial career (P7 W5 D2), facing no side more without losing at home in the league (also seven games versus Bristol City and Stoke City).
C. Wilson
Assist
57' From outside the area, Wilson plays a simple pass into the incoming Almiron, who does the rest to equalise for the Magpies from inside the area.
M. Almirón
Goal
57' GOALLL! 1-1! Shelvey fires into Wilson, who plays a short simple pass around Cooper. Almiron races onto the throughball and into the area, before slotting low to the right of Meslier, who gets a hand to the effort but cannot stop it from going into the back of the net.
M. Klich
E. Alioski
56' After being cautioned just moments ago, Alioski is replaced by Klich. The change means Dallas will move from midfield to left-back, with Klich slotting in into his usual midfield position.
55' WIDE! Lascelles meets Shelvey's free-kick but can only direct his header just wide to the left of Leeds' goal from near the penalty spot. Another chance comes and goes for the Magpies from a set-piece against Bielsa's side.
E. Alioski
Yellow Card
54' Murphy steals possession from Alioski and looks to be in before the away side's left-back handles the ball to stop Murphy's progression. For his illegal regaining of posssession, Alioski gets the first booking of the game from referee Taylor.
54' Space opens up for Almiron, who is now operating up top with Wilson, but he can only fire his low left-footed strike comfortably into the hands of Meslier from the edge of the area.
53' Murphy looks to test Meslier from range but a deflection takes it behind for a corner to the home side. Shelvey produces an outswinging delivery, which the visitors manage to clear away through Dallas' hooked clearance.
51' VAR also has a quick check of the tackle on Dallas towards the edge of the box before deeming there was nothing wrong with Hayden's interventions and eventually play resumes with a Newcastle goal-kick.
49' Rodrigo sets Raphinha away down the right, with the Brazilian then rolling Dallas in on the edge of the area. Dallas is then brought down and in freak circumstances, the ball cannons back off him and into the crossbar with Darlow diving the other way. However, the chance would not have counted any way as referee Taylor indicates there was a handball in the build-up.
47' A poor Lewis clearance allows Raphinha to progress down the right-hand side, where he then drills an early cross for Bamford. Lascelles reads the Brazilian's intentions, stepping in before the Leeds striker can tap-in behind him.
46' Both sets of players are back out and referee Taylor gets this Premier League fixture back underway!
Looking ahead to the next 45, the Magpies will surely not leave it too long before introducing Saint-Maximin in order to chase this game. In contrast, Bielsa will likely be asking for more of the same from his men but perhaps with the added request to be a bit more clinical when chances do arise to test Darlow in the Newcastle goal.
In a half dominated more by injuries than chances, the visitors took the lead through Raphinha's cool, left-footed finish from the edge of the area in the 17th minute. Despite dictating the majority of play, Bielsa's men have rarely tested Darlow, barring the opener and Raphinha hitting the post later on in the half. Down the other end, Meslier has also rarely been called upon as Bruce's men continue to lack any attacking impetus, meaning they go in 1-0 down at the break here.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 LEEDS UNITED
45' + 5' The hosts' corner comes to nothing and Dallas charges forward on the counter-attack, eventually crossing towards the back post, where Harrison and Bamford are sheltered away from the ball by the combination of Lascelles and Murphy.
45' + 4' Almiron spins around Phillips before playing a simple pass to Fraser, whose right-footed effort then loops towards Meslier. The French goalkeeper opts to punch, finding Hayden, who then wins a corner for his side on the right.
45' + 2' Chances come at both ends, both courtesy of centre-backs' poor defensive headers. On the first occasion, Meslier gets Cooper out of trouble by clearing before Wilson can capitalise. Down the other end, Schar manages to slide and recover after his weak header nearly played Bamford through on goal.
45' + 1' Phillips sends in the resulting free-kick and Bamford is the first to the cross but can only glance his header well wide of Darlow's goal to the right.
45' There will be five minutes of added time as Raphinha is again down, courtesy of Schar's late tackle from behind this time.
44' A sixth injury of the half comes as Raphinha ends up on the floor after taking a knee in the back from his own colleague Ayling. After a quick spray and some treatment, the scorer of the first goal returns to the pitch.
43' POST! Rodrigo wastes the initial chance as he gets crowded out by Lascelles and Schar inside the area. Raphinha then latches onto the loose ball, drives past Lewis and hits the post with his right-footed effort to Darlow's left. Perhaps the better option would have been to play across goal and set-up Bamford there.
42' Murphy speeds past Alioski, reaching the byline before drilling a low right-footed cross towards the near post. Struijk does well to recover and then clears behind for a corner.
40' The hosts have barely created a chance as of yet. In fact, Newcastle have managed just 9.1 shots per game in home Premier League games this season (82 in 9 games) – since 2003/04, their previous lowest total at St James’ Park was 11.8, in 2017-18.
38' OVER! Murphy wins possession back high up on the right and clips a cross to the edge of the area. Fraser ghosts inside of Ayling but then slams his right-footed volley over Meslier's goal from inside the D.
36' The French goalkeeper returns to his feet after a long inspection by the medical staff and eventually gets play back underway with a long goal-kick down the pitch.
34' Frasers cuts inside and curls a wonderful cross into the back post, where Murphy challenges Alioski by throwing his right leg at the cross. Unfortunately, instead of connecting with the ball, Murphy's leg clatters into Meslier. Unsurprisingly, Meslier ends up on the floor and becomes the fifth player to require medical treatment inside the opening 35 minutes.
32' The home side have a decent chance to cross from a central set-piece but Shelvey ignores his crossing options and smashes a right-footed effort high and wide of Meslier's goal.
31' Raphinha's opener made him the first Leeds player to score his first three Premier League goals for the club all away from home since Michael Bridges in August 1999.
30' Schar takes an age over a free-kick and eventually plays short to Almiron in the middle. Dallas pressures the Newcastle man but still appears to be in some discomfort, which could mean Bielsa is forced into a second change inside this opening 45 minutes.
28' A fourth player has now gone down within the first 28 minutes. This time, it is Dallas down holding the back of his leg and he requires some treatment from the visitors' medical team before leaving the pitch and returning within the same minute.
26' Cooper spots the danger of Almiron, intercepting and then breaking down the left-hand side. Harrison is then found by Dallas' perfect throughball but fails to beat Murphy, which means the hosts can step in and deal with the chance before the likes of Bamford or Ayling can capitalise in the area.
24' The away side have been uncharacteristically sloppy in possession in the last few minutes, allowing Bruce's men repeat opportunities to regain possession and look to build an attack. They waste the chance, however, as Fraser is far too ambitious when looking for Murphy on the right and the ball travels out of play. 
22' WIDE! Shelvey whips in an inswinging corner towards the penalty spot, where Lascelles manages to climb above Cooper and head just wide to the left of Meslier's goal. As has been the case all season, Leeds look vulnerable from a set-piece but the hosts fail to capitalise on this occasion.
21' Lewis looks to get the Magpies back in this game, racing down the left and winning his side's first corner, courtesy of a deflection off Ayling.
19' Newcastle have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League home games (W3 D4 L6), with that coming in a goalless draw against Liverpool. The Magpies had kept four consecutive clean sheets at St James’ Park prior to this run.
Raphinha
Goal
17' GOALLLL! 1-0 LEEDS! Bamford leads the charge, attacking through the centre and feeding Rodrigo in the area. The Spaniard then cuts inside and rolls it to Raphinha, who opens his body up and places it low into the bottom-left corner with his left foot.
Rodrigo
Assist
17' Rodrigo rather unselfishly opts to pass rather than shoot, teeing up Raphinha to curl past Darlow from the edge of the box.
15' Harrison is somehow allowed to carry the ball 40 yards before crossing towards Raphinha, who heads it down for Bamford. The English forward then struggles to dance past Lascelles and the Magpies eventually manage to clear their lines.
13' Dallas chips an inviting ball to the left-hand side of the area, where Harrison has a great chance to shoot but skews his left-footed volley wide of Darlow's goal. That was a good chance for the loanee, however, he managed to rush his effort, perhaps aware of Murphy's presence to the right of him.
12' The away side are the only Premier League team yet to score in all competitions in 2021 – the only previous Premier League side to fail to score in their first four matches in a year was Cardiff City in 2019, while the last top-flight team to fail to score and lose their first four matches in a year was Ipswich Town in 1970.
11' Harrison hassles Murphy in the left-hand corner and forces the hosts' wing-back to give away a needless corner to the visitors. For the second time in as many minutes, Phillips swings in the corner but Darlow comes out and punches it clear.
P. Struijk
Llorente
10' Llorente is not fit enough to carry on and Struijk comes on in place of the Spaniard.
9' Llorente is now down on the floor, indicating he is struggling with his hamstring after going up for Phillips' set-piece. Leeds' medical team come on to treat the Spanish centre-back, while at the other end of the pitch, Hayden is also down receiving some attention from the hosts' physios.
8' Bielsa's side win the first corner of the game as Lascelles is forced over to the right-hand side to block a cross from Harrison towards Rodrigo at the near post. Phillips sends in an inswinging set-piece but Lewis heads clear with relative ease.
6' Murphy sends a teasing delivery towards the front post, where Cooper rises the highest to deal with the wing-back's cross. Raphinha then miscues a header, allowing Shelvey to progress through the middle before pulling his right-footed effort well wide of goal from 30 yards out.
5' Shelvey launches the resulting free-kick towards the head of Wilson before Meslier comes and claims the loose ball. Schar then returns to the pitch, still holding his shoulder but seemingly insistent on playing through the pain.
3' Dallas goes in late on Schar with a slide tackle near the halfway line, leaving the hosts' defender on the floor clutching his shoulder. Bruce's medical team rush on to tend to the Swiss international and, after some treatment, it looks like he should be fine to carry on.
2' Cooper immediately goes long in search of Harrison but Darlow, who has been one of Newcastle's most impressive performers this season, is quick off his line to sweep up the danger.
1' Referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle and the visitors get this Premier League fixture underway!
The players are wandering out the tunnel and shortly it will be time for kick-off at St. James’ Park.
The Whites won 5-2 against Newcastle in December in the reverse Premier League meeting. Leeds last completed a league double over the Magpies in the 1975-76 campaign under Jimmy Armfield, which was also the last time they won back-to-back league games against the Magpies.
Marcelo Bielsa makes three changes from last time out. Fit-again Meslier returns in goal for Casilla and Phillips, who has just served a one-match suspension, replaces Struijk. Surprisingly, Klich also drops to the bench for centre-back Llorente, which means Dallas will likely move into midfield.
The hosts make two changes from their defeat at Villa Park. Fraser replaces Carroll, which means Wilson will play up top on his own, while at right wing-back Murphy replaces Manquillo. Saint-Maximin also remains on the bench as he continues to rebuild his fitness levels.
SUBS: Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Jamie Shackleton, Mateusz Klich, Kiko Casilla, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Tyler Roberts, Leif Davis, Pascal Struijk.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Ezgjan Alioski, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling; Kalvin Phillips; Jack Harrison, Rodrigo Moreno, Stuart Dallas, Raphinha; Patrick Bamford.
SUBS: Emil Krafth, Matthew Longstaff, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Javier Manquillo, Martin Dubravka, Andy Carroll, Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (5-4-1): Karl Darlow; Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Fabian Schar, Jacob Murphy, Jamal Lewis; Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick, Miguel Almiron; Callum Wilson.
After losing 2-0 to Aston Villa last week, Steve Bruce’s side made it 10 games without a win in all competitions. The Magpies sit in 16th and will be desperate for a win against Leeds, who have lost their last three games without scoring a goal since their 5-0 thrashing of West Brom.
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