Southampton 0-1 Newcastle: Joelinton goal gives Newcastle EFL Cup semi-final advantage

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Newcastle are looking to win a first major domestic trophy since 1955

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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Southampton

  1. Team number31Player nameBazunu

  2. Team number2Player nameWalker-Peters

  3. Team number4Player namelyanco

  4. Team number6Player nameCaleta-Car

  5. Team number22Player nameSalisu

  6. Team number26Player nameAlcaraz

  7. Team number27Player nameSay it

  8. Team number19Player nameDjenepo

  9. Team number8Player nameWard-Prowse

  10. Team number11Player nameOrsic

  11. Team number18Player nameMara

  1. Team number9Player nameTo Armstrong

  2. Team number10Player nameAdams

  3. Team number23Player nameEdozie

  4. Team number35Player nameBednarek

  5. Team number45Player nameStreet

Newcastle United

  1. Team number22Player namePope

  2. Team number2Player nameTrippier

  3. Team number5Player nameSchär

  4. Team number4Player namebotman

  5. Team number33Player nameBurn

  6. Team number36Player nameS Longstaff

  7. Team number39Player nameBruno Guimaraes

  8. Team number28Player nameWillock

  9. Team number24Player nameAlmiron

  10. Team number9Player nameWilson

  11. Team number7Player namejoelinton

  1. Team number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  2. Team number14Player nameIsak

  3. Team number23Player nameMurphy

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Bazunu
  • 2Walker-PetersBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBednarekat 88′minutes
  • 4lyancoBooked at 84mins
  • 6Caleta-CarBooked at 86mins
  • 22SalisuBooked at 90mins
  • 26AlcarazBooked at 37mins
  • 27Say itSubstituted forStreetat 82′minutes
  • 19DjenepoSubstituted forTo Armstrongat 45+4′minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 11OrsicSubstituted forEdozieat 57′minutes
  • 18MaraSubstituted forAdamsat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Maitland-Niles
  • 9To Armstrong
  • 10Adams
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Perraud
  • 23Edozie
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 35Bednarek
  • 45Street

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2TrippierBooked at 70mins
  • 5Schär
  • 4botman
  • 33Burn
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno GuimaraesBooked at 86mins
  • 28WillockSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 67′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 24AlmironSubstituted forMurphyat 78′minutes
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 67′minutes
  • 7joelinton

Substitutes

  • 6lascelles
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Lewis
  • 14Isak
  • 19Manquillo
  • 23Murphy
  • 26Darlow
  • 32Anderson

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