Leicester 2-4 Newcastle: Foxes swept aside at home

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Leicester 2-4 Newcastle: Foxes swept aside at home

Newcastle stunned Leicester to inch closer to survival and deal a potentially damaging blow to the Foxes’ Champions League hopes.

Callum Wilson struck twice in a shock 4-2 win at the ragged hosts to all but secure the Magpies’ Premier League status.

Caglar Soyuncu’s error gifted Joe Willock an opener before Paul Dummett’s first goal in over five years doubled the visitors’ lead.

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Wilson’s second-half brace lifted the Magpies to 13th, despite Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho scoring late on for Leicester.

They will be safe if Fulham fail to beat Burnley on Monday but can now only go down on goal difference as they face the Cottagers on the final day of the season.

struggled badly after losing Jonny Evans in the warm-up and remain third but opened the door for Chelsea and West Ham in the race to finish in the top four.

The Foxes go to Manchester United on Tuesday while they also face Chelsea and Tottenham – after their FA Cup final against the Blues – in their final three top-flight games.

They could suffer late Champions League heartbreak again, with the fifth-placed Hammers five points behind with a game in hand, on the final day of last season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side never recovered from a last-minute change when Evans limped out of the warm-up, to be replaced by Albrighton.

The hosts enjoyed the bulk of the ball for the opening 10 minutes but faded quickly once Federico Fernandez glanced Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick wide after 12 minutes.

Newcastle sensed the Foxes were there for the taking and only Kasper Schmeichel prevented them from opening the scoring 16 minutes in.

Jacob Murphy set Wilson clear and he squared to Allan Saint-Maximin – only for Schmeichel’s brilliant save to turn the forward’s seven-yard effort wide.

It was a warning but the Foxes failed to learn their lesson and Newcastle grabbed the lead after 22 minutes.

Soyuncu should have dealt with a simple ball upfield from Dummett but allowed it to slip through his legs and Willock nipped in to race through and confidently beat Schmeichel for his fourth goal in four games.

Two minutes later, though, Martin Dubravka maintained the Magpies’ lead when he brilliantly kept out Wesley Fofana’s bullet header.

Yet Newcastle were on top and they deservedly added a second nine minutes before the break.

Dummett had not scored since January 2016 but he rose above Fofana to head in Matt Ritchie’s corner from six yards.

Dubravka’s smart save denied Iheanacho as sluggish Leicester tried to respond and the goalkeeper saved ’s attempted lob in first-half injury time.

The hosts’ urgency continued after the break and, when James Maddison’s free-kick deflected behind, Wilfred Ndidi headed wide.

But Wilson wrapped the game up with two goals to embarrass their hosts.

The Magpies hit Leicester on the break after 64 minutes when Ritchie won the ball off Ricardo Pereira and looked long for Wilson.

Timothy Castagne failed to cut the ball out and the striker went clean through to beat Schmeichel.

Wilson then put the Magpies in dreamland nine minutes later when he tapped in after his initial effort hit the post following neat work by Miguel Almiron to make it 4-0.

Leicester at least scored twice in the final 10 minutes through Albrighton and Iheanacho and, while Dubravka superbly stopped Ayoze Perez adding a third, it was too late for any comeback.

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Rodgers breaks down Leicester’s dismantling by Newcastle

Brendan Rodgers says ‘uncharacteristic mistakes’ cost Leicester in their .

The Foxes lost centre-back Jonny Evans in the warm-up and his absence told as they were swept aside in the Premier League.

Caglar Soyuncu turned into Joe Willock for the 22nd-minute opener.

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The in-form Englishman raced into the box and finished past Kasper Schmeichel for his fourth goal in as many games.

Newcastle’s first-half dominance continued through Paul Dummett, who made it 2-0 not long afterwards.

He rose above Wesley Fofana at a corner to head home from close range.

After a much-needed break, still failed to control the game in the second half.

Callum Wilson caught Leicester on the counter-attack and rounded Schmeichel before finishing into an open net. He scored again nine minutes later to all but end the affair.

Late goals from Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho, both great finishes, weren’t enough to inspire a comeback.

Speaking after the defeat, Rodgers said: “It’s very easy to analyse. It was a game in which we made so many mistakes and you can’t afford to do that.

“It was uncharacteristic. It’s a period of the season where we need to be super concentrated, you are very close to achieving what you want to achieve. We lacked concentration and if you do that against good teams and good players they punish you.

“They kept going and over the course of 90 minutes we could have had four or five goals ourselves but there were too many mistakes.

“It’s young players. You can see the first goal is a poor mistake. You don’t have that time to relax and Cruyff [turn] out of the situation. There were other mistakes as well. It happens.”

When asked about Evans’ injury, Rodgers continued: “He is the brain in our defensive line. He is a great talker. Caglar [Soyuncu] and Wesley [Fofana] are both individuals. They are fantastic talents but he is the brain who organises. It was big blow for us.”

Speaking about their top-four hopes, he added: “We are still in a really good position and everything is still in our hands.”

The result leaves the Foxes on 63 points from 35 matches. They can be overtaken by Chelsea if ‘s men overcome Man City on Saturday.

Fifth-placed West Ham can move within two points of Leicester if they beat Everton on Sunday.

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