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Newcastle win away with Perez header at Leicester

Saturday, 2019-04-13 07:36:51
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Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal with Miguel Almiron - Premier League - Leicester City v Newcastle United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - April 12, 2019. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Newcastle United recovered from two consecutive defeats to beat Leicester City 1-0 with an Ayoze Perez header on Friday and moved 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Leicester remain seventh on 47 points, while Newcastle moved up to 13th on 38 with their first away win since December.

* Olympique Lyonnais's Champions League qualifying hopes were hit as they were beaten 2-1 at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Friday. Lyon are on 56 points with six games left, six ahead of fourth-placed St Etienne, who play their game in hand at home against Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.

* Real Madrid have secured financing to revamp the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with construction due to begin at the end of this season for completion by 2023, the Liga club said in a statement on Friday. Real, who last week unveiled ambitious plans for a "digital stadium of the future", secured a 575 million euros loan that they will start paying back in 2023 at a fixed 2.5% interest rate through to 2049.

* Manchester City linchpin Bernardo Silva faces a late fitness test before Sunday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, his manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Portuguese international was on the sidelines for City's Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday with a muscle injury. He has emerged as one of City's most important players this season, plugging gaps in midfield and wide attacking roles to help drive forward the club's unprecedented bid for quadruple honours.

* Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a groin injury, manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday. Tomkins, who has made 28 league starts this season, hobbled off in the second half of the 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend.

* Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is a big doubt for their Premier League game at home to relegated Huddersfield Town on Saturday after breaking his hand but should be available to face Manchester City in the Champions League next week. Manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters on Friday that the England international saw a specialist on Thursday after damaging his hand when he fell heavily in their 1-0 win over City in the first leg of their quarter-final clash on Tuesday.

* Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the Welsh club need 10 points from their six remaining games to have any chance of preserving their Premier League status. Warnock's 18th-placed Cardiff visit Burnley on Saturday before facing Brighton & Hove Albion, who are five points above them, in a relegation 'six-pointer' next Tuesday.

* Greek Super League leaders PAOK are a victory away from securing their first domestic league title in 34 years and they could do it undefeated. The Thessaloniki-based club take on Larissa on Sunday and a win would given them an unassailable lead over second-placed Olympiakos. With three games left to play, PAOK, who have won 24 and drawn three matches so far, are 10 points ahead of Olympiakos, who have a game in hand.

* Eighth-seeded Sam Querrey survived two tiebreaks to defeat Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(6) 7-6(4) and advance to the semi-finals of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston on Friday. The twice Houston finalist will play Chile’s Christian Garin in Saturday’s semi-final. Garin breezed past Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-3 6-2.

* Matija Nastasic's late equaliser rescued Schalke a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Nuremberg at the curtain raiser of the 29th round in Bundesliga on Friday. With the draw, Nuremberg stay on the 17th position, which is a direct relegation spot, after securing their second straight share of the spoils. Schalke ended their losing streak but remain on the 14th place of the standings.

* Manchester United can secure a top-three finish in the Premier League if they get 15 points from their remaining six games, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday. United, lying sixth with 61 points after a poor run of results, are locked in a battle for third with Chelsea (66 points), Tottenham Hotspur (64) and Arsenal (63).

Reuters, Xinhua