Leicester City vs. Newcastle United - Football Match Report

Rafael Benitez hints at extending Newcastle stay after almost securing survival

The visiting fans did not have to wait long to see Newcastle take the lead though, as Ayoze Perez headed home a Matt Ritchie cross, for what was to be the only goal of the game in the first half.

His strike partner Salomon Rondon had earlier hit the bar with a curling free-kick while Jamie Vardy spurned Leicester's best chance in the 80th minute when he scooped over from an excellent position in the box.

"38 points should be enough and that means a lot".

Benitez's contract expires at the end of the season and he has compared talks with controversial club owner Mike Ashley to Brexit negotiations. They have been brilliant since we came in and this has been the first real disappointment for them. I'm not saying £200m but doing a little bit more, doing the right things, we can compete against the teams that are now maybe between seventh and 12th. His seven tackles were more than anyone else on the pitch recorded.

Ayoze Perez thinks that Newcastle are now safe from relegation after he scored the only goal against Leicester this evening.

The striker was the matchwinner at Leicester last night.

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Vardy recorded a single shot on target during the game, failing to test Dubravka when teed up by Tielemans in the closing stages, and was brilliantly marshalled by a Newcastle back line that denied him space to show off his pace.

- Leicester City completed 649 passes, their highest total in a Premier League game since 2003-04 (when Opta began recording this data); indeed, three of their four highest successful pass tallies in this time in the division have been recorded in their six fixtures under Brendan Rodgers.

In a game that if Newcastle won they would all but guarantee their place in the Premier League for next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the win, Benitez said that Newcastle already have the infrastructure and fan-base to be successful in the top half of the Premier League but must invest in the transfer market to be more competitive - indicating that he wanted to be promised backing in the transfer market before he signs a new deal.

It has been a long campaign for Newcastle.

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