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LEICESTER: Newcastle United striker Joelinton won a penalty and scored a first-half header in a 3-0 thrashing of Leicester City that lifted his side to second place in the premier league table on Monday.
Leicester defender Daniel Amartey got the game off to a poor start for the hosts, handing Newcastle a penalty when he brought down Joelinton after 86 seconds, and striker Chris Wood kicked the kick into the middle of the net.
Miguel Almiron added a brilliant second in the seventh minute, cutting in from the right before playing a one-two with Bruno Guimaraes and inserting the return pass at the far post.
Despite league football returning after the World Cup break, there was no Christmas cheer for the home fans as Joelinton made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute when Boubakary Soumare was stunned watching the ball from a corner and the Brazilian went home.
The introduction of Jamie Vardy at the break gave Leicester’s attack a sorely lacking focal point in the first half, but they showed little sign of returning as the Magpies held on to win comfortably.
Newcastle overtook Manchester City, who face Leeds United on Wednesday, in second place on 33 points, four behind leaders Arsenal, who face West Ham United later on Monday. Leicester are 13th with 17 points.



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