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Leicester City 4-0 Newcastle United: Youri Tielemans scores twice as Foxes bounce back from Europa League exit

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Youri Tielemans celebrates
Youri Tielemans scored twice on his 100th Premier League appearance

Youri Tielemans scored twice as Leicester City bounced back from their Europa League exit to earn an emphatic Premier League victory over Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium.

Making his first Premier League start since 7 November following a calf injury, Tielemans converted a 38th-minute penalty after Jamaal Lascelles was adjudged to have brought down James Maddison.

A quality attacking move, initiated by Maddison's sublime pass for Harvey Barnes using the outside of his boot, resulted in a simple finish for Patson Daka as the Foxes moved out of sight in the second half.

After Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel did brilliantly to sprint back and prevent a Timothy Castagne own-goal, Tielemans was set up by Maddison for his second before the England midfielder got the goal his impressive performance deserved with five minutes remaining.

Brendan Rodgers' side - eliminated from the Europa League group stage with a 3-2 defeat by Napoli on Thursday - move up to eighth in the table after only a second victory in seven league games.

Newcastle, meanwhile, remain in the relegation places and three points from safety.

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While there is plenty of time for Rodgers to discover what the Europa Conference League is following their midweek European disappointment, the immediate concern was to address his side's porous defence after a week in which the Leicester boss was once again left to rue defensive "naivety".

A squad already depleted by illness was dealt an immediate blow in that regard, as centre-back Jonny Evans was forced off with a hamstring injury six minutes into his 100th Premier League appearance for the club - leaving Wilfred Ndidi to assume the role of makeshift centre-back.

Despite that setback the Foxes registered a first clean sheet in 17 matches in all competitions against a Newcastle side which managed just three shots on target, though Castagne was indebted to Schmeichel's heroic goal-saving clearance.

In the absence of top scorer Jamie Vardy, rested after playing the full 90 minutes in Naples, it was Maddison who made the difference for the hosts in attack.

Though Newcastle will feel aggrieved over the penalty - awarded after Maddison darted into the box and connected with Lascelles' outstretched leg - the visitors' defence was left helpless by slick Leicester play in the second half.

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The Foxes, whose aspirations of improving on consecutive fifth-place finishes had begun to fade following an inconsistent start, appeared back to their ruthless best as they produced three quality goals to move within six points of the top four.

Maddison followed up his pivotal role in Daka's goal by unselfishly teeing up Tielemans for the Belgian's second, before exchanging passes with Daka to score late on.

Relieved to see the end of their 14-game winless start against fellow bottom-three side Burnley last weekend, a Newcastle side keen to maintain momentum initially harried an uncertain Leicester defence but Miguel Almiron fired into the side netting and the Paraguayan again failed to capitalise after robbing Caglar Soyuncu of possession early on.

That first win appears of even greater significance when placed in the context of the fixtures awaiting Eddie Howe's side before the end of the year - with matches against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United to follow this heavy defeat.

Player of the match

McAteerKasey McAteer

with an average of 7.49

Leicester City

  1. Squad number49Player nameMcAteer
    Average rating

    7.49

  2. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    6.93

  3. Squad number29Player nameDaka
    Average rating

    6.91

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    6.90

  5. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
    Average rating

    6.68

  6. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
    Average rating

    6.65

  7. Squad number7Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    6.60

  8. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    6.52

  9. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    6.43

  10. Squad number33Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    6.32

  11. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    6.19

  12. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
    Average rating

    6.17

  13. Squad number6Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    5.89

  14. Squad number42Player nameSoumaré
    Average rating

    5.41

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    5.04

  2. Squad number9Player nameWilson
    Average rating

    4.51

  3. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    4.35

  4. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    4.21

  5. Squad number28Player nameWillock
    Average rating

    4.16

  6. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    4.09

  7. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
    Average rating

    4.09

  8. Squad number12Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    4.05

  9. Squad number19Player nameManquillo
    Average rating

    3.97

  10. Squad number5Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    3.92

  11. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    3.67

  12. Squad number11Player nameRitchie
    Average rating

    3.63

  13. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    3.51

  14. Squad number6Player nameLascelles
    Average rating

    3.32

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27CastagneBooked at 11mins
  • 6EvansSubstituted forSoumaréat 6'minutes
  • 4SöyüncüBooked at 64mins
  • 33Thomas
  • 8Tielemans
  • 25Ndidi
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forMcAteerat 88'minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 7BarnesSubstituted forAlbrightonat 71'minutes
  • 29Daka

Substitutes

  • 5Bertrand
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 42Soumaré
  • 45Nelson
  • 49McAteer
  • 62Brunt

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 19ManquilloBooked at 70mins
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 12LewisBooked at 24minsSubstituted forMurphyat 62'minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forFraserat 62'minutes
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forRitchieat 85'minutes
  • 28Willock
  • 10Saint-MaximinBooked at 90mins
  • 9Wilson
  • 7Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 11Ritchie
  • 14Hayden
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Fernández
  • 21Fraser
  • 23Murphy
  • 26Darlow
  • 34Gayle
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,959

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 4, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  6. Booking

    Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United).

  8. Post update

    Patson Daka (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kasey McAteer replaces James Maddison.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 4, Newcastle United 0. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patson Daka.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Matt Ritchie replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joseph Willock (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 3, Newcastle United 0. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Maddison following a fast break.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

  17. Post update

    Boubakary Soumaré (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

  19. Post update

    Luke Thomas (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

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