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Newcastle thrash Brighton to strengthen Champions League spot

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Newcastle need just one win to secure a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time in 20 years after claiming a 4-1 victory over a lacklustre Brighton at St James’ Park.

The Magpies are now four points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with just two games to play, meaning they will finish in the top four if they beat Leicester on Monday or Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on May 28.

Eddie Howe’s side were utterly dominant in the first half and thoroughly deserved their two-goal lead thanks to Deniz Undav’s own goal and Dan Burn’s header.

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Undav made up for his error by halving the deficit early in the second half, but late goals from Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes handed Brighton their second heavy defeat in their last three matches and all but ended their hopes of a top-four finish.

Written by Ibrahim Oladamola

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