Newcastle United v Leicester City live: Toon look to seal Champions League qualification, Foxes looking to stay up
Premier League / Matchday 37
St James' Park / 22.05.2023
NEWCASTLE SECURE A TOP FOUR FINISH
Champions League football ahoy, as the final whistle goes. Howe is doing the Henmania fist pump celebration; they might yet finish fourth, as Manchester United could now finish above them, but they're back in Europe's flagship competition for the first time since 2003-04.
As for Leicester that might prove a useful point, but their fate is out of their hands now and they'll need a few favours on Sunday to stay in the Premier League.
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!
Dean Smith is urging his players forwards. You can't help but think that urgency might have been more advisable with half an hour or 20 minutes to go, but here we are. This is petering out now, and...
Oh my stars! Leicester take an age to work it into the box, but when Maddison finally does Castagne connects with a fierce volley from 12 yards out. It's flying, but it's straight at Pope who punches it away. Newcastle scramble it clear. Lordy!
There will be five minutes of it. Newcastle aren't risking anything now; a goal from nowhere here for Leicester would be pretty seismic, and they've got a free kick on the right...
In quick succession Gordon replaces Almiron for Newcastle, while Mendy replaces Ndidi for Leicester shortly after.
There's a chance for Tielemans to slide in Barnes on the left of the area, but it's just about cut out by the stretching Schar.
Maddison scampers around with the ball in the centre circle, looking for someone to pass it too, but there's not much on. Leicester keep it for a bit though, moving it across the back, and Newcastle are in no hurry to press them.
SUMS IT UP
Daka gets on to a loose ball down the left, but plays such a poor ball forwards and Newcastle intercept and come away. Two draws - one here and on Sunday - might prove to be enough to keep them in the league. That might be the only way they can do it, because they look gone up front.
THAT BAR TWANG
Here it is. Clank!
Anderson departs, and on comes Jacob Murphy.
Longstaff ghosts into space and onto a through pass on the right of the area. He shoots hard and low, and Iversen saves well with his foot.
STATS AND THAT
If you're so inclined, numbers: that's the third time tonight Newcastle have twanged the frame, registering 20 shots to Leicester's nil in total. They've also had 83% of the ball so far, while Leicester have had one solitary touch in the Newcastle box.
OFF THE POST!
Anderson wins a corner for Newcastle. It's whipped into the front post, skims off the head of Faes and Guimaraes, six inches from goal, heads it straight onto the post and out! I'd say what a miss, but that flew at Guimaraes at a rate.
OBLIGATORY SHEARER CUTAWAY
There he is, in that hat he's so fond of. Nobby Solano is in the ground too. Leicester make a surge into Newcastle's half, but Faes coughs the bull up and Newcastle come again.
As poor as Leicester have been tonight, this could get interesting if Newcastle settle for the point and give them a window to have a shy at this.
Saint-Maximim replaces Wilson; he'll go left, with Isak now through the middle.
CORNER TO LEICESTER
Finally some advancement from Leicester as they break down the left and win a corner. Unfortunately Tielemans can't clear the front post with it, and normal service soon resumes.
A swift exchange of passes between Burn and Isak almost gets the latter through a narrow gap down the byline, but the ball runs out of play.
Two changes for Leicester here, as Daka and Barnes replace Vardy and Evans. Change of shape ahoy, as Evans is carrying a knock and can't go on.
Isak winds one up from the edge of the area again, and Souttar flies out to get a sliding block in and send the ball out for a corner.
Almiron cuts in across the area, and picks out Isak, all alone in the D. Isak leans back and tries to loft one into the top corner, but it's just too close to Iversen who palms it over for another corner.
DOWN THE RIGHT
It's all going through that flank for Newcastle, with Trippier and Almiron looking in the mood to put qualification to bed with a win.