Isak fires Newcastle to within sight of Premier League top four

NOTTINGHAM, March 18 — Alexander Isak’s stoppage time penalty lifted Newcastle to inside a position of the Premier League top 4 with a 2-1 earn at Nottingham Forest on Friday.

The Magpies experienced fallen at the rear of when Sven Botman gifted Emmanuel Dennis the opening goal on 26 minutes.

But Isak levelled for Eddie Howe’s adult males and finished Forest’s nine-game unbeaten house league operate stretching back to September with a amazing spot-kick right after Moussa Niakhate handled within his possess place.

Defeat leaves Forest even now two factors above the relegation zone, but they deserved tiny much more just after currently being outplayed from start off to finish.

Newcastle finished a in close proximity to two-month hold out for a Premier League earn final weekend in beating Wolves but back-to-again victories has set them appropriate back in the race for Champions League soccer upcoming time.

The closest the guests arrived to turning their early dominance into a direct was when Renan Lodi turned Isak’s cross onto his own crossbar.

As an alternative it was Forest who went in front wholly versus the operate of enjoy many thanks to a howler from Botman.

The Dutch centre-again has been a important element in Newcastle’s success this period but his tried pass back to goalkeeper Nick Pope was intercepted by Dennis, who produced a breathtaking chipped end further than Pope and Kieran Tripper for just his next Forest target.

The crossbar came to the household side’s rescue yet again when Sean Longstaff’s deflected strike from the edge of the box came again off the woodwork.

Newcastle ultimately bought their reward in initial 50 percent stoppage time when the club’s history signing Isak acrobatically flicked in Joe Willock’s cross off the publish.

The sample of play ongoing soon after the crack as the Magpies laid siege to the Forest intention.

Previous Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas had to be at his most effective to turn over powerful drives from Elliot Anderson and Bruno Guimaraes.

Anderson then assumed he had his to start with senior aim when he headed in Isak’s cross at the again put up.

However, the purpose was controversially disallowed soon after a VAR check for offside from Longstaff in the make-up even with the ball breaking to the midfielder off a Forest player.

Possibilities ongoing to come and go for the guests as Willock fired a wonderful likelihood vast in advance of Serge Aurier cleared off the line from Isak.

Forest could still have stolen all three details when Pope’s outstretched leg denied Brennan Johnson a winner four minutes from time.

But just when they seemed established to hold out for a valuable issue in their battle to beat the drop, Niakhate needlessly put his hand up to block Isak’s tame header.

The Swedish international’s debut year in England has been blighted by personal injury, but he confirmed his class by retaining his head to slot earlier Navas and spark wild scenes of celebration between the away assist. — AFP