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Newcastle United: Steve Bruce wants takeover

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Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by defending champions Manchester City

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has urged the Premier League to provide “clarity” about the proposed takeover of the club.

A Saudi Arabian bid, worth £300m, is awaiting approval via the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test.

Documents for the deal were passed to the league almost three months ago.

“For everybody, we need a bit of clarity,” Bruce said after Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Manchester City.

“If I’m led to believe it’s the Premier League that is holding these negotiations, then they have got to come and make a decision sooner or later because it’s not healthy for anybody.”

The proposed deal is 80% financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, whose chairman is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It is also supported by financier Amanda Staveley and property owners the Reuben brothers, with both parties each providing 10% of capital.

But it is the Saudi involvement which has complicated the bid to replace current owner Mike Ashley, who bought the club in 2007 and put it up for sale in 2017.

The Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test assesses the background of prospective club owners, and part of that involves analysing whether there has been any alleged involvement in criminality.

Earlier this month, the World Trade Organization ruled that the country helped breach international piracy laws.

Saudi Arabia has always insisted there is no link between its government and the alleged piracy by broadcaster beoutQ.

There have been questions over the Arab state’s human rights record, which Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says he will “fully consider”.

The Premier League declined to comment on Sunday night.

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Newcastle United vs. Manchester City – Football Match Report – June 28, 2020 – ESPN

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Manchester City defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday to advance to the FA Cup semifinals.

Defending FA Cup holders City will next face Arsenal at Wembley on June 17-18 for a spot in the Aug. 1 final as they seek to add another trophy this season.

City secured the Carabao Cup in March and remain alive in the Champions League, which will re-start in August.

Kevin De Bruyne gave the visitors the lead in the 37th minute when he successfully converted a penalty. Raheem Sterling sealed the win in the 68th minute with a curling shot from outside the box into the net.

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Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling helps earn his side a semi-final with Arsenal

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FA Cup: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City highlights

Holders Manchester City will face Arsenal in a strong FA Cup semi-final line-up after showing class and patience to beat Newcastle at an eerily quiet St James’ Park.

Shorn of a fervent home support, Newcastle struggled in the first half against their opponents who are aiming to complete a cup treble after conceding the Premier League title to Liverpool this week.

After wasting several good chances, City opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Kevin de Bruyne slotted past Karl Darlow following Fabian Schar’s needless push on Gabriel Jesus.

But after switching to a more positive formation in the second half, Steve Bruce’s team pressed higher up the pitch and the game opened up before a key turning point after the hour mark.

Although Andy Carroll caused problems of a physical nature on his first start since December, it was his replacement Dwight Gayle who had Newcastle’s best chance when he somehow skied over from six yards following Allan Saint-Maximin’s low cross.

Within two minutes, Raheem Sterling raced down the other end and slotted into the bottom corner with an exquisite curling finish for his 22nd goal of the season.

The errors by Schar and Gayle undid Newcastle’s hard work, but City kept their composure to extend their winning FA Cup run to 10 games.

Having already won the League Cup and with a lead over Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, it could still be a memorable season for Pep Guardiola’s side.

For Newcastle, the dream of reaching an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley for the first time since 2000 was beyond them, but they can now concentrate on trying to fulfil Bruce’s aim of breaking into the Premier League’s top 10.

City keep their cool after tough week

Sterling’s ‘beautiful’ finish doubles Manchester City’s lead

City may have lost their Premier League crown this week as Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title, but there is still plenty for Guardiola’s team to achieve this season.

After looking tired in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea in midweek, the six-time FA Cup winners showed their appetite for the season ahead and a battle against a resolute Newcastle side, who were spearheaded by a combative Carroll.

It already felt like a training game thanks to the absence of 52,000 fans watching Newcastle’s first FA Cup quarter-final since 2006, but Newcastle’s formation reduced the first half to a game of attack versus defence where City clocked up the chances.

De Bruyne penalty gives Man City lead over Magpies

Before the opening goal, Riyad Mahrez skied over from 15 yards, Jesus could not direct a fizzing Kyle Walker cross towards goal and Sterling’s powerful shot was then stopped by Darlow.

Amazingly, it looked like the hosts might survive the first half intact before Schar’s mistake.

But De Bruyne kept his cool from 12 yards to net his 12th goal of the season.

That gave City a deserved cushion, and they were afforded more space in the second half that allowed them to attack with their usual confidence.

Following Gayle’s crucial miss, Sterling proved clinical to make the game safe and although City could have added to more goals, they were denied by some stern Newcastle defending.

Newcastle show endeavour after break

Although news of a proposed Saudi Arabian takeover has stalled during the absence of football because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team has emerged from lockdown with spring in its step.

They went into the break unbeaten in three games as they secured their place in the FA Cup’s last eight, and have since beaten Sheffield United and drawn with Aston Villa to virtually secure their Premier League survival.

It was a surprise, however, to see Bruce’s team start the game with a five-man defence, given their upsurge in form had resulted from a switch to a back four.

The logic against a team seeking a cup treble was obvious, but it also played into City’s hands as Newcastle could not get out of their own half. Carroll’s tame shot was all they had to show for a frustrating first half.

They improved after the break when they switched a 4-5-1 formation, with their midfield supporting Carroll, who was booked for a challenge on Aymeric Laporte.

The Newcastle forward was soon withdrawn after clashing with the City defender several times and it looked like the hosts’ extra mobility could take the game to extra time at least.

But Gayle, who has scored one goal this season, fluffed his opportunity and then watched in disbelief as Sterling showed him how it was done.

Bruce will rue the fact that two errors cost his side, but he will hope that his team’s best FA Cup run under owner Mike Ashley and a strong end to the Premier League season are evidence of his credentials for the the job should a takeover finally materialise.

Man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)

Another passing masterclass from the Belgian, who will be key to them completing a cup treble

‘Not easy against a team defending so deep’ – what they said

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “We are in the semi-finals. It was not easy to attack against a team defending so deep but it was a good performance. I am happy to go back to London, to Wembley.

“After the defeat against Chelsea, now in the Premier League we are struggling to focus. We are close in the Champions League and there is a gap. We are at Wembley again and were winners last season so that is so good. We are of course preparing for Real Madrid now.”

10 wins in a row – the stats

  • City have won their last 10 FA Cup matches by an aggregate score of 37-4. They are only the third team to achieve this run of victories since the turn of the 20th century, after Aston Villa (10 between 1913 and 1914) and Chelsea (13 between 2009 and 2011).
  • Newcastle have lost an FA Cup quarter-final match at home for the first time since March 1961 against Sheffield United (3-1).
  • Sterling netted his first goal from outside the box since November 2018 v Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
  • Phil Foden, who set up Sterling, has had a hand in seven goals in just six FA Cup appearances for City, scoring four and assisting three.

What’s next?

While City get ready to host new Premier League champions Liverpool on Thursday (20:15 BST), Newcastle make the long journey to Bournemouth on Wednesday (18:00).

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Newcastle v Aston Villa: Ahmed Elmohamady rescues point for Villa at Newcastle

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Elmohamady’s goal was just his fourth for Villa and his first in the Premier League since scoring for Hull against Chelsea in March 2015

Ahmed Elmohamady’s late header rescued a point for Aston Villa at Newcastle, but it was not enough to lift Dean Smith’s relegation-threatened side out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

The Egyptian stooped low to divert his effort into the net from a corner just six minutes after coming on as a substitute, shortly after Dwight Gayle’s goal for Newcastle had looked like giving United the points.

Gayle’s impact was even more immediate than that of El Mohamady, with his neatly-taken finish coming just 94 seconds after he was introduced for the injured Matt Ritchie.

Villa’s point is reward for a first half in which they were the more positive of the two sides, and also their determination not to allow themselves to sink to another damaging defeat.

It may not take them out of the relegation zone but it will be a boost after they were denied by Sheffield United in their first game after the restart and allowed Chelsea to come back to beat them on Sunday.

Newcastle are now just a point shy of the 40-point mark – often cited as the tally required to ward off the threat of relegation.

Villa refuse to give up

It has been a frustrating return for Villa.

The repeated failure of their relegation rivals to pick up points has presented the opportunity for them to claw their way out of the bottom three, but although they have come close, they have not been able to find that elusive win.

Granted, they benefited from a failure of technology in their home draw against Sheffield United but having done so could easily have taken three points as opposed to one.

They then almost burgled a win against Chelsea on Sunday, taking the lead despite having precious little of the ball, before the Blues rallied to turn the game their way.

This may only be the second point they have taken from the last 21 avaialable to them but it is a timely boost, reminding them that they can mix it with some of the top-flight’s most stubborn sides and may yet well edge themselves ahead of a faltering pack of sides above them.

They should have led in the first half, but Trezeguet and Mbwana Samatta both spurned chances on their return to the side.

The best fell to the former, who hit his back-post effort into the ground and over after being found by a superb cross from Ezri Konsa.

Newcastle’s goal could have been a hammer blow, but in the end it was the home side hanging on.

Newcastle take the positives

Newcastle produced arguably one the finest displays of the first initial round of games back, winning 3-0 at home against an admittedly under-par Sheffield United, who played for 40 minutes with 10 men.

Everything that could have gone right for the Magpies did in that game and it looked like that form was going to continue on Wednesday, as misfortune in the shape of Ritchie’s injury immediately turned into a positive courtesy of Gayle’s tidy finish – his first Premier League goal in 773 days.

The assist for that goal also came from a man making a quick impact, with Andy Carroll’s pass coming just four minutes and 51 seconds after he had been sent on by Steve Bruce.

Before then, the home side had battled hard but were too reliant on the creative pair of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, who threatened in flashes but failed to produce anything decisive.

After breaking his 27 game and 10 month drought on Sunday, Joelinton could have added another league strike to his meagre tally of two, but Tyrone Mings denied him with a superb challenge in the box.

Elmohamady’s goal is a setback, ending a run of three successive clean sheets, but only a minor one for a side that have already exceeded many critics’ expectations this season.

Bruce was asked after the game if would have taken 39 points at this stage of the campaign if offered it at the beginning. His positive answer will be a surprise to nobody.

Man of the match – Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)

Highly-competitive (to the point where a VAR check was needed following a clash with a Newcastle player in the box) but class on the ball and possessing an acute awareness of where he needs to be on the pitch

Newcastle extend home run – the stats you need to know

  • Newcastle are now unbeaten in five Premier League games at St James’ Park (W2 D3), with Aston Villa’s goal the first they have conceded on home soil since New Years’ Day against Leicester (0-3).
  • Aston Villa have picked up just two points from the last 21 available in the Premier League (P7 W0 D2 L5), although they have avoided defeat on the road for the first time in four games.
  • Since beating Dean Smith’s Brentford with Hull back in April 2016, Steve Bruce remains winless in seven games against his fellow Englishman (D3 L4) including both Premier League matches with Newcastle this season (D1 L1).
  • Andy Carroll’s assist for Newcastle’s opening goal was his fourth in the Premier League in his last eight appearances, as many as he managed to register across his previous 100 in the competition.
  • Ahmed Elmohamady’s equaliser for Aston Villa was his second Premier League goal at St James’ Park, also scoring for Hull City there in September 2013 under Steve Bruce. Newcastle are the only side he has netted more than once against in the top flight.

What next?

Aston Villa host in-form Wolves at Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime, while Newcastle could do today’s opponents a favour if they beat struggling Bournemouth in their next fixture at the Vitality Stadium at 18:00 BST on Wednesday, 1 July.

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