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Apr 14

Chris Wood’s late strike for Leeds dents Newcastle’s drive for top flight

Chris Wood left it until deep into stoppage time to enhance Leeds United’s play-off ambitions by volleying his 28th goal of an extraordinary season and postponing Newcastle United’s promotion until at least Monday week.

Eight points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield Town, Rafael Benítez’s side have reached the border separating the Championship from the Premier League but have a couple of important check-points to clear before they pass back into the top tier.

Related: Anthony Knockaert double puts Brighton on threshold of promotion

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Apr 14

Chelsea-Manchester United Preview (The Associated Press)

Manchester United still have two paths to the Champions League for next season. United (15-12-3) enter the weekend in fifth place, four points behind eternal rivals Manchester City for the final Champions League spot with a match in hand. The road go…

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Apr 14

Liverpool-West Brom Preview (The Associated Press)

Liverpool’s quest for Champions League qualification continues Sunday at the The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion. The Reds (18-9-5), who enter the weekend third, are in a good vein of form, riding a 4-2-0 stretch in Premier League matches. Lal…

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Apr 14

Di Maria double takes PSG level with Monaco

In-form Angel Di Maria scored both goals as Paris Saint-Germain scored a hard-earned 2-0 win at Angers to move level with Monaco at the top on 74 points.

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Apr 14

Alex Gibney doc ‘No Stone Unturned’ pulled from Tribeca (The Associated Press)

Just a week before its scheduled Tribeca Film Festival premiere, producers of Alex Gibney’s ”No Stone Unturned” pulled the documentary about the 1994 murder of six men in Northern Ireland from the festival over legal issues. The film was to premiere…

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Apr 14

Matchday 29 Statistical Gems

As always, we bring you the most enticing numerical nuggets ahead of the big weekend Bundesliga action, with this week’s digits boasting a…

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Apr 14

Ross Barkley: Sun suspends Kelvin MacKenzie over Liverpool article

Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie is suspended by The Sun after he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

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Apr 14

Doubts about letters claiming Islamist motive for German attack: prosecutors (Reuters)

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – German prosecutors have doubts about the authenticity of letters that had suggested Islamist militants carried out an attack on the bus of soccer team Borussia Dortmund, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Three identi…

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Apr 14

Anthony Knockaert double puts Brighton on threshold of promotion

Anthony Knockaert’s two goals set Brighton up with the opportunity to host their own promotion party at the Amex Stadium on Monday. The EFL Championship player of the year has so often provided Chris Hughton’s slick team with the penetration to go with their hard work and so it proved at Molineux as Brighton dismissed any disappointment at Huddersfield beating Preston yesterday, delaying their elevation to the Premier League.

Brighton will seal a return to the elite of English football for the first time in 34 years should they beat Wigan Athletic on Monday and Huddersfield fail to win at Derby County. Let’s face it, promotion is a formality for Brighton and, after three play-off disappointments in the past four years, few can claim they do not deserve it. They are 12 points clear of third place.

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Apr 14

Hull City midfielder David Meyler to miss Premier League run in due to knee injury

Hull City will be without David Meyler until next season after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in training.

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Apr 14

Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United: Championship – as it happened

Leeds scored at the death with their only shot on target of the second half to frustrated Newcastle and claim a potentially vital play-off-related point

9.53pm BST

Right then, I’m off. That was a superlatively enjoyable game of league football, a credit to everyone involved. Newcastle will wonder how they failed to win it, but Leeds’s spirit and dedication was excellent throughout, they fought to keep themselves in the game and produced probably the game’s finest moment of attacking quality at the very last. I’m not sure what Newcastle’s defenders were up to while they did so, mind. Anyway, ta-ra!

Related: Chris Wood’s late strike for Leeds dents Newcastle’s drive for top flight

9.48pm BST

“What an excellent mugging,” says Nick Miller, seated opposite me at Guardian HQ. “I like a good mugging.”

9.45pm BST

So Newcastle can’t go up on Monday – though surely it’s a delay rather than a cancellation – and sit four points behind Brighton in the chase for the title.

9.44pm BST

Leeds had one shot on target in the second half.

9.43pm BST

Chris Wood talks to Sky:

It’s great to come here and snatch a point, it’s a tough place to come, so we’re delighted. You always hope to get one chance, if it comes in the 1st minute or the 91st it doesn’t matter. I just kept going and stuck it away. The back four have been fantastic all season and credit to them, they kept us in the game on more than one occasion. We were under the cosh a few times, but we stood up and kept fighting right to the end. That’s what we’re about: we fight to the end, and it shows us what we can achieve. It’s going to be tough, four games to go, but we’re full of confidence and we’re going to keep going forward.

9.41pm BST

90+7 mins: The final whistle sounds to end a truly exciting game. Newcastle should have won it, but it was Leeds’s hard work and dedication rather than their own failings that stopped them.

9.39pm BST

That’s Leeds’ first decent attack of the half, but it was a superlative one: Roofe’s cross from just outside the box is phenomenal, and picks out Wood all alone in the penalty area to volley in!

9.38pm BST

90+4 mins: Jack Colback is booked for the most cynical two-footed foul of this or many evenings, to halt a potentially dangerous Leeds break.

9.37pm BST

90+4 mins: Newcastle win a corner, keep it in the corner, and win another. Shelvey is booked for wasting time before taking it.

9.36pm BST

90+3 mins: There has been one minute of actual play in stoppage time, but now there’s another stoppage because Mitrovic has cramp. To his credit, he’s worked tirelessly throughout. Well, tirelessly until now, because he seems pretty tired.

9.35pm BST

90+2 mins: The first of the additional minutes is spent dealing with a pitch invader.

9.34pm BST

90+1 mins: Into stoppage time we go, and there are loud boos from the stands because there’ll be a surprisingly generous five minutes of it.

9.33pm BST

90 mins: The last substitution of the evening sees Perez, whose movement has been fine but who has done little on the ball, come off and Mohamed Diame replace him.

9.33pm BST

89 mins: Newcastle break, and Yedlin screams down the right, gets picked out, and then his cross is deflected goalwards – Green saves once again.

9.32pm BST

88 mins: Leeds attack again, but Anita once again does well and Newcastle end up with a throw-in. I’ve now looked up the fourth official and he’s not so young after all.

9.30pm BST

86 mins: Another corner. Also on the subject of the referee, he, this near-side linesman and the fourth official all look remarkably fresh-faced. I haven’t had a close look at the other one, but if he isn’t also very young he’ll be feeling very old.

9.27pm BST

84 mins: The excellent Ritchie is replaced, DeAndre Yedlin coming on.

9.27pm BST

83 mins: Anita nicks the ball very smartly in his own penalty area, before passing to a team-mate and setting another attack in motion. That was unshowy, but very good defending.

9.25pm BST

81 mins: Taylor flies in on Ritchie, so late it was almost posthumous. He too could hardly have complained had he been booked, but he receives no more than a ticking-off.

9.24pm BST

80 mins: I do like the way Chris Kavanagh has refereed this game. David Moyes may not know who he is, but he’s a referee to watch. He took charge of West Brom v Southampton last week, the first Premier League game of his career but not, I’d wager, the last.

9.22pm BST

79 mins: And then Newcastle make their first, Jack Colback coming on for Hayden.

9.21pm BST

78 mins: Leeds make their final change: Charlie Taylor comes on for Gaetano Berardi.

9.19pm BST

76 mins: Eventually Shelvey takes the free kick, but slams it high and wide.

9.19pm BST

76 mins: A second substitution for Leeds: Souleymane Doukara comes on in place of Bridcutt.

9.18pm BST

75 mins: Phillips jumps into Mitrovic for no good reason, and gets his booking.

9.18pm BST

74 mins: Great save by Green! The corner is taken short, given back to Ritchie, and then swung viciously into the area, where Perez flicks it goalwards from six yards. It may well have hit Green in the face had his hands not got in the way, but though he had a fraction of a second in which to react, they did.

9.17pm BST

73 mins: Newcastle win another corner, their 15th (Leeds haven’t had any yet).

9.15pm BST

71 mins: This has really been a terrifically fun game. Leeds have defended excellently, if desperately at times, but could really have done with just slowing proceedings down a bit from time to time, even if that would have made the game a bit less fun.

9.11pm BST

68 mins: See, I told you.

9.11pm BST

The corner is cleared, recovered, sent back in, headed back across goal by Mitrovic and nodded in by Lascelles, Green clawing it out of goal but only after the ball had crossed the line!

9.10pm BST

67 mins: Another Newcastle corner. This can’t end goalless.

9.09pm BST

65 mins: An official attendance of 52,301 makes this the most-attended game of the Championship season.

9.07pm BST

64 mins: Jansson clears off the line! Ayling’s headed back-pass is short, Mitrovic gets to it before Green, and the ball is looping towards goal until Jansson nods it behind!

9.07pm BST

63 mins: Newcastle attack, until one of their players flings himself to the ground. So Leeds attack, until one of their players flings himself to the ground. So Newcastle attack, until one of their players flings himself to the ground. Through all this the referee remains entirely unimpressed.

9.04pm BST

61 mins: Leeds make a change: Pedraza is off, and Hadi Sacko is on.

9.04pm BST

60 mins: Ritchie drops his shoulder, spins and sprints into space with a befuddled Berardi totally fooled, but a pass to Perez sees the move peter out.

9.01pm BST

57 mins: I haven’t seen a corner count, but Newcastle must be heading towards a 20th. They win another, which is flicked on by Lascelles but Mbemba can’t quite reach the ball – at least partly because Ayling is hauling him backwards by the arm. The linesman doesn’t spot this one.

8.59pm BST

55 mins: It looked entirely accidental, by the way, both at the time and in replays.

8.58pm BST

53 mins: Newcastle attack down the right, but when the ball is played in there’s nobody anywhere near it – because Mitrovic had been tripped by Bartley in the middle. The referee waves play on, but the linesman waves his flag. It takes a while for the referee to notice, but not only does he eventually award the free-kick, Bartley gets a booking to boot.

8.55pm BST

52 mins: Then he books Jansson 30 seconds later, which stops Newcastle taking a quick free-kick from which they had already broken menacingly into the penalty area.

8.55pm BST

51 mins: Kalvin Phillips brings down Perez in midfield. It looked a booking all day long, but the referee – who has let the game flow wherever possible, to his credit – appears to have left his book at home.

8.52pm BST

48 mins: Hayden is fouled just outside the area, and Rob Green shouts himself hoarse in attracting the attention first of the referee and then of his wall, before diving to his right to tip Ritchie’s shot round the post.

8.50pm BST

47 mins: From a throw-in Newcastle work the ball to Hayden, who bursts into the area and attempts a pull-back, which is turned behind by the alert Bartley.

8.49pm BST

46 mins: Peeep! Hernandez, still heavily bandaged, gets the second period under way.

8.48pm BST

The players are on their way back out. Surely this won’t finish goalless. It simply can’t.

8.34pm BST

45+2 mins: A first half of frantic action comes to an end, with Mitrovic spending most of the additional minute lying on the ground with his head in his hands in protest at a challenge from behind. He doesn’t get anything, except eventually a 15-minute sit-down. I’m sure they all need it, it’s been absolutely remorseless.

8.33pm BST

45+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there will be just one minute. There have been lots of set pieces, but very few extended delays.

8.29pm BST

42 mins: Newcastle win a corner, from which Mbemba’s bullet header is brilliantly saved by Green! And then from the next corner, Mitrovic gets the ball five yards out but with his back to goal, and he spins and strikes wide!

8.28pm BST

41 mins: Newcastle hit the post! Hernandez’s poor touch presents the ball to Gouffran, and the Leeds man tries to take his opponent down from behind by way of atonement. Gouffran doesn’t go down, advancing instead to the edge of the area before unleashing a low drive that smacks the woodwork and rebounds out!

8.25pm BST

39 mins: Curious game, this: both sides look capable of scoring at any moment, but having said that neither has really created a decent chance.

8.24pm BST

37 mins: Anita passes to Mitrovic, bang central and just outside the area, who dives theatrically and looks up optimistically, but is getting nothing for that.

8.22pm BST

35 mins: Now Pedraza is found on the left corner of the area, and he drives the ball in low and hard. It’s very nearly a goal – whistling just wide of the far corner of goal – and very nearly an assist – zipping just in front of Roofe, but in fact it’s a goal kick.

8.20pm BST

33 mins: This time Leeds break, but it ends with Pedraza dallying on the left before crossing poorly.

8.19pm BST

32 mins: The pressure is building, though. Another corner is cleared, collected, re-crossed, cleared, re-crossed, and headed behind for another corner.

8.17pm BST

30 mins: Newcastle are certainly doing most of the attacking, but Leeds’ defence is doing splendid work to repeatedly repel them before they get into the area. As I type that, Ritchie does get into the area, but Bartley clears his low cross.

8.14pm BST

27 mins: Ritchie takes aim from long range, and his shot is fast and dipping, but doesn’t dip nearly enough. “Good evening, Liverpool red here, and I’ll be overjoyed to see the Magpies promoted,” writes Michael Cosgrove. “The Premier League just doesn’t feel right without their wonderful black and white striped strip doing the rounds of the grounds. Oh, and a big hat tip to good old Rafa too for a job very well done.” Well that’s remarkably magnanimous of you. I couldn’t give a monkeys about their strip to be honest, but they’re certainly a big and storied club with a fine manager in the dugout.

8.12pm BST

25 mins: Shelvey nearly scores from the corner! The midfielder curls the kick towards the near post, and it would have flown in but for Green’s diving save!

8.11pm BST

24 mins: Bartley does less well to concede a free kick just outside the area, courtesy of a hefty tug on Mitrovic’s shirt, and then redeems himself by winning the header. Another Newcastle corner.

8.09pm BST

22 mins: Another Newcastle corner, and Bartley does well to stop track Lascelles’ near-post run and head the ball behind for a corner, and he looks even better when the referee gives Leeds a goal kick.

8.05pm BST

19 mins: Replays show that Roofe went down very easily indeed, having basically given the ball away.

8.04pm BST

17 mins: Roofe gets the ball just to the left of Newcastle’s penalty area, jinks his way into it, and then gets shoved off the ball by Mbemba. The referee leaves his whistle alone.

8.01pm BST

15 mins: Now they have a corner, and Mitrovic heads this oen down as well. Ritchie runs onto it and shoots into a defender’s leg from an unlikely angle.

8.00pm BST

14 mins: This has been an extremely bright start. Newcastle cross from the right, Mitrovic chests down and about four people sprint towards the loose ball in the penalty area, a defender eventually winning the race.

7.58pm BST

10 mins: Now Pablo Hernandez is receiving treatment, after he stoops to head the ball and gets Shelvey’s boot in the bonce for his troubles. There’s enough contact to draw blood, so he’s getting properly wrapped up.

7.57pm BST

9 mins: Then Roofe tries to head in the rebound, but Darlow’s up quickly to palm it away!

7.56pm BST

9 mins: Leeds hit the bar! It’s Pedraza’s shot from 20 yards which flies past Darlow’s desperate dive, crashes against the underside of the bar and bounces down just the right side of the line from Newcastle’s perspective.

7.52pm BST

6 mins: Jansson gets Mitroviced as the pair compete for a high ball and the Newcastle player heads only his opponents temple. A bit of treatment and the Swede seems fine.

7.50pm BST

4 mins: Now Shelvey dinks the ball over a high Leeds defence, but Mitrovic can’t get to it before the onrushing Green.

7.47pm BST

1 min: Peeeep! Newcastle get the game under way, and within seconds Perez is bursting threateningly into the Leeds penalty area, but ends up with no more than a goal kick.

7.43pm BST

The teams are out!

7.35pm BST

And Garry Monk speaks too:

I think we’ve said to the group all season, we have to focus on what we’re doing. We want to show we’ve learned from the first game we had. It was quite a big build-up and occasion, I think we played the occasion more than the game. We need to show we’ve come on from that. We know we’re capable of putting on good performances, this young group’s been growing all the time so we want to show what we’re capable of. They’ve probably got the best squad in the league in terms of talent and potential, whatever team you face is going to be a difficult test, but one that we’re looking forward to.

7.30pm BST

Rafa Benítez has spoken to Sky, and this is (most of) what he said:

We have to concentrate on our performance and our game, and try to get three points. I think that everybody will try to win. They will try to win because they want to stay in the play-offs, we will try to win because we keep our position. We did really well in the first part of the season. They are a good team, a good manager. Will it be difficult? Yes, but the other games will be difficult anyway.

7.23pm BST

For those who prefer their team news in illustrated formation-assisting Twitter-based form:

TEAM NEWS: Here’s how Newcastle United will line up against @LUFC at St. James’ Park this evening (kick-off 7:45pm BST). #NUFC

Your Starting XI for tonight’s game against @NUFC

7.03pm BST

Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran; Perez; Mitrovic. Subs: Elliot, Yedlin, Hanley, Colback, Atsu, Diame, Murphy

11.30am BST

Hello world!

The clock keeps ticking, the hour draws ever closer. Newcastle are surely going up, even if Collin Quaner’s 96th-minute winner for Huddersfield against Preston earlier today delayed the party a little longer. Still, if Newcastle win tonight it could potentially start on Monday, if they win at Ipswich and the Terriers slip at Derby. Even with promotion looking close to certain, with Brighton leading the title race there is no lack of motivation here.

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Apr 14

Watford v Swansea City: match preview

To say that Swansea need a win is an understatement. A horror run of one point from five games has put Paul Clement’s side back in the bottom three after an initial revival under their new manager. Watford, with a defence hampered by injury and suspension, lost 4-0 at Tottenham last week and look vulnerable but Swansea were abject at West Ham and need to shed their anxiety if they are to prosper. Rich Flower

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Apr 14

Uefa charges Lyon & Besiktas for trouble

Lyon and Besiktas face multiple Uefa charges after violence marred their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.

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Apr 14

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool: match preview

A Champions League place next season is very much in Liverpool’s hands, but after dropping points against Bournemouth and the scare last time out at Stoke nobody at Anfield is counting any chickens. That is probably a good mindset for a visit to The Hawthorns, where Tony Pulis’s side easily duffed up Arsenal last month and will be sure to test the Merseysiders’ defensive resolve. Paul Chronnell

Kick-off Sunday 1.30pm

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Apr 14

Stoke City v Hull City: match preview

Jack Butland may make his long-awaited return for Stoke after over a year out with an ankle injury sustained on England duty. The goalkeeper is likely to be on the bench, particularly as Shay Given is a doubt with a minor back complaint. Hull, who have…

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Apr 14

Southampton v Manchester City: match preview

Claude Puel will be delighted if Manolo Gabbiadini returns – the Italian had scored nine times in his past eight games in all competitions for Napoli and Southampton before suffering a groin injury. It will be interesting to see if Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, nurtured by Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and described by Puel as the “future” of Southampton, keeps his place against the side managed by his former mentor now that the club captain, Steven Davis, is approaching full fitness. Rich Flower

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

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