Fine first-time finishes from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester beat Newcastle and move to within a point of the top of the Premier League.
Maddison fired in Jamie Vardy’s pull-back from just inside the penalty area to break Newcastle’s resistance before Tielemans curled home from 20 yards after Marc Albrighton’s pass.
Andy Carroll’s equally impressive volley reduced the deficit, his first goal since rejoining Newcastle in August 2019.
Leicester moved back above Tottenham into third, although they have played a game more than Spurs, leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United.
Having drawn their past two games, Leicester were in danger of dropping off the pace in the title race, but they showed their class in patches at St James’ Park and deserved three points.
Apart from a tidy Vardy finish that was disallowed for offside, they were restricted to very little in the first half, although returning pair Maddison and Tielemans unlocked Newcastle after the break.
Carroll stroked home to put some gloss on the scoreline for Newcastle – his first goal for the club since 2010 – but the hosts saw their winless league run extended to five games.
- 22YedlinSubstituted forCarrollat 79′minutes
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forMurphyat 64′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 4M Longstaff
- 9JoelintonSubstituted forShelveyat 65′minutes
- 13C Wilson
- 2JustinBooked at 81mins
- 8TielemansBooked at 60mins
- 10MaddisonSubstituted forSöyüncüat 79′minutes
Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Leicester City 2.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Leicester City 2.
James Justin (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).
Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Timothy Castagne.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.
Offside, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).
Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.
Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Newcastle United 1, Leicester City 2. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.
James Justin (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by James Justin (Leicester City).
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Leicester City. Çaglar Söyüncü replaces James Maddison.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces DeAndre Yedlin.