Newcastle United hold a slender advantage from the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg as Joelinton’s goal gave them victory at Southampton.
The Brazilian made amends for missing an earlier easy opportunity when he arrived on the end of substitute Alexander Isak’s perfect low cross to make the decisive contribution with 17 minutes left.
Newcastle will now be favorites to reach their first major Wembley final since the FA Cup in 1999 as they attempt to end a trophy drought stretching back to the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup win.
And if Newcastle do complete the job in the second leg on Tyneside they will owe a debt of gratitude to Nick Pope, who made two vital second-half saves from Southampton substitute Che Adams with the score still goalless, extending his remarkable personal record to 10 subsequent clean sheets.
Southampton, who had what they thought was an equalizer from Adam Armstrong disallowed for handball by VAR, saw their night of frustration complete when defender Duje Caleta-Car was sent off in the closing minutes for a second yellow card.
Joelinton was a central figure, seeing a first-half goal contentiously ruled out for handball then blazing over an open goal when it seemed easier to score, before hitting the target to make Eddie Howe’s side firm favorites to reach Wembley.
The two sides meet at St James’ Park in the second leg on Tuesday, 31 January.
Newcastle’s march continues
Newcastle United’s dream season under Howe now carries the real prospect of a Wembley appearance to go alongside their challenge for a place in the Premier League’s top four and next season’s Champions League.
They needed the outstanding interventions of keeper Pope to keep Southampton at bay when they threatened after the break but Newcastle always carried a threat, even if much of their finishing was wayward, and eventually sharp work by substitute Isak delivered a chance Joelinton could not miss.
Newcastle’s defense is so mean-spirited this season that one goal is invariably enough and so it proved as, for all Southampton’s effort, they simply could not break through, leaving the Toon Army packed into a corner of St Mary’s celebrating at the final whistle.
Howe will know Newcastle were not at their best and showed nerves at times, but there will be satisfaction at getting this part of the job done against a Southampton side that disposed of favorites Manchester City here in the quarter-final.
It leaves Howe’s side in a favorable position for the second leg in front of an expected capacity crowd at St James’ Park, with a Wembley final against either Manchester United or Nottingham Forest as the prize on offer.
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- 2Walker-PetersBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBednarekat 88′minutes
- 4lyancoBooked at 84mins
- 6Caleta-CarBooked at 86mins
- 22SalisuBooked at 90mins
- 26AlcarazBooked at 37mins
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- 19DjenepoSubstituted forTo Armstrongat 45+4′minutes
- 11OrsicSubstituted forEdozieat 57′minutes
- 18MaraSubstituted forAdamsat 57′minutes
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- 2TrippierBooked at 70mins
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- 39Bruno GuimaraesBooked at 86mins
- 28WillockSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 67′minutesBooked at 84mins
- 24AlmironSubstituted forMurphyat 78′minutes
- 9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 67′minutes
Match ends, Southampton 0, Newcastle United 1.
Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Newcastle United 1.
Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Alexander Isak (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).
Attempt missed. Alexander Isak (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno Guimaraes.
Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Nick Pope.
Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno Guimaraes.
Sven Botman (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).
Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Southampton. Jan Bednarek replaces Kyle Walker-Peters.
Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.
Second yellow card to Duje Caleta-Car (Southampton) for a bad foul.
Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Duje Caleta-Car (Southampton).
Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) is shown on the yellow card.
Lyanco (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.
Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lyanco (Southampton).