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Newcastle secure Champions League spot with Leicester draw

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Newcastle secured a place in next season’s Champions League for the first time since 2003 with a 0-0 draw against Leicester, who had just one shot and are on the brink of relegation.

Eddie Howe’s side guaranteed their top-four spot with a dominant display to leave the visitors, two points from safety, needing to win on the final day of the season at home to West Ham while hoping Everton lose to Bournemouth and Leeds don’t overturn a nine-goal swing by beating Tottenham to stay up.

Newcastle controlled the match yet were frustrated by a combination of Leicester’s defending and the woodwork which they rattled three times on their way to chalking up 23 shots and an xG of 2.05 although were fortunate Bruno Guimaraes wasn’t dismissed early on for a reckless challenge

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Leicester only managed one effort that came in the 92nd minute when Nick Pope sharply saved from Timothy Castagne’s volley to deny them a crucial smash-and-grab victory and leave their survival fate out of their hands.

Written by Ibrahim Oladamola

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