“We’re going to Italy”…Newcastle to UCL for first time in 20 years

For the first time in more than 20 years, stalwarts Newcastle United are returning to the War of the Stars.

Newcastle played out a goalless draw against Leicester City at St. James’ Park on Sunday (Sept. 23) in the 37th round of the 2022/23 Premier League season.스포츠토토

Third-place Newcastle has 70 points (19 wins, 13 draws, 5 losses), four points clear of fifth-place Liverpool (19 wins, 9 draws, 9 losses, 66 points), which qualifies for next season’s Champions League regardless of the result with one game remaining in the league schedule.

Newcastle started in a 4-3-3 formation. Nick Pope donned the gloves in goal, while Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schurrle, Sven Boatman, and Dan Byrne formed the defense.

Sean Ginstaff, Bruno Guimarães, and Elliott Anderson in the midfield and Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, and Alexander Isaacs up front.

The visitors, Leicester, lined up in a 5-3-2 formation. Luke Thomas, Utpars, Jonny Evans, Harry Souttar, and Timothy Castaigne made up the back five, with Daniel Sturridge in goal.

Boubacar Soumare, Yuri Tillemans, and Wilfred Ndidi held down the middle, while Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho attacked.

It was a dominant performance from Newcastle against a Leicester side that was slumping in 18th place. Leicester dropped deep and played a defensive game. The first half ended with Newcastle unable to find the back of the net.

In the second half, Newcastle continued to dominate possession and look to score. Bruno Guimarães missed a crucial header, but Newcastle held off Leicester’s late attack to earn a point.

“We’re going to Italy,” the home fans chanted at the end of the game, expressing the excitement of competing in Europe.

Newcastle achieved their goal, qualifying for the Champions League next season. It had been 21 years since their last Champions League appearance in 2002/03. In 2003/04, the club made it to the third round of the Champions League qualifiers before falling to Partizan (Russia) on penalties.

After the game, head coach Eddie Howe told Sky Sports: “We will be thinking about next season over the summer. We don’t want to go too far beyond what we’ve achieved. “We don’t want to go too far beyond what we’ve achieved, we’re realistic that there will be more games and it’s a challenge for us.

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