Newcastle are one step away from the Carabao Cup finals after a 1-0 win over Southampton

Joelinton gives Newcastle an advantage over Southampton in the League Cup semi final
Joelinton scores for Newcastle

(Football news) Joelinton helped Newcastle get a hard fought victory as he fired a second-half winner to earn Newcastle United a 1-0 win at Southampton in their League Cup semi final first leg. Southampton fans were left agitated as they were denied an equaliser by VAR. Joelinton and Newcastle thought they had scored in the first half, but he was deemed to have handled the ball before scoring the goal by referee Stuart Attwell.

The visitors had plenty of chances but continued to miss them in the second half before Joelinton converted Alexander Isak’s low cross in the 73rd minute and scored what proved to be the decisive goal. Southampton thought they had quickly equalised through Adam Armstrong, but the striker was adjudged to have used his hand following a VAR review. The Saints’ evening got even more frustrating when they finished on another sour note as Duje Caleta-Car was sent off for two late bookable challenges. Newcastle are in pole position to reach the final as they chase their first domestic trophy since 1955.

VAR reviews and fine saves from goalkeeper Nick Pope meant that Newcastle have kept 16 clean sheets in all competitions this season which is two more than any other side in Europe’s big five leagues. They have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 games. VAR wasn’t popular on the south coast given that Southampton were denied another goal in a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, as it was deemed a foul in the build-up to James Ward-Prowse’s deflected goal.

“We controlled the game but we missed big chances,” Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes told Sky Sports. “It’s just the first game now we need to think about the next one. I’m proud of the team today. One goal is important, we could score more but the most important was to be one-goal in front of Southampton. I want to thank Nick Pope, I think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world. Let’s keep it going.”

“It is a game of margins,” Southampton coach Nathan Jones told Sky Sports. “We are so close to being on the good side. We have to start taking our chances and stop conceding silly goals. It is not about now or the next game, it is about building something we can be proud of.

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