Fabian Schar emerged as an unexpected hero, scoring a crucial brace to secure a 3-1 triumph for Newcastle United at Villa Park. This result has the potential to reinvigorate the Magpies’ pursuit of a Champions League spot.
Currently, Newcastle sits at 32 points, just eight behind 5th-place Tottenham, with the hope of an additional UEFA Champions League spot for an English club next season. Aston Villa, with 43 points, holds onto 4th place in the Premier League standings, pending the outcome of Tottenham’s match against Brentford on Wednesday.
The game remained goalless for the first half-hour, but Schar changed the narrative with two goals in four minutes, marking his first two Premier League goals of the season. The opener came from a Kieran Trippier corner, where Schar displayed finesse in turning it home amidst defensive pressure.
Four minutes later, Anthony Gordon’s shot created chaos in the six-yard box, and Schar capitalized on the opportunity, scoring his second goal. In the 52nd minute, an unfortunate own goal by Alex Moreno extended Newcastle’s lead to 3-0, as Miguel Almiron’s cross was redirected by Jacob Murphy, with Moreno inadvertently bundling it into the net.
Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins provided a lifeline in the 71st minute by converting a cross from Leon Bailey, but it wasn’t enough to stage a comeback. Aston Villa has struggled, winning only one of their last five Premier League games (1W-2D-2L).
Newcastle faced a setback as Alexander Isak left the field with an apparent injury in the 43rd minute, raising concerns for the star striker. Despite the absence of Isak and the injured Callum Wilson, Newcastle aims to continue their positive momentum against Luton Town, while Aston Villa seeks redemption against last-place Sheffield United.
Final Score: Aston Villa 1-3 Newcastle Goalscorers: Fabian Schar (32′, 36′), Alex Moreno (52′ – OG), Ollie Watkins (71′)