Newcastle United revived their Champions League aspirations with a convincing 3-1 win against Aston Villa, courtesy of an unexpected brace from Fabian Schar. The victory propels Newcastle to seventh in the Premier League, while Villa’s first home league defeat this season hampers their pursuit of leaders Liverpool.
Schar’s clinical finishing, scoring twice within four minutes, showcased Newcastle’s attacking prowess. The first goal came from a well-executed corner kick by Kieran Trippier, with Schar displaying deft finishing. The Swiss defender then capitalized on open space in the six-yard box, cleaning up after Anthony Gordon’s blocked shot.
An unfortunate own goal by Alex Moreno in the 52nd minute extended Newcastle’s lead to 3-0. Though Ollie Watkins pulled one back for Villa in the 71st minute, it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback. Newcastle’s Alexander Isak, who had been in excellent form, suffered an injury setback, adding concern to the team.
The Magpies, playing with panache, outperformed Villa, ending their opponent’s 28-point home streak. Eddie Howe’s side showcased a blend of style and substance, securing their second away win of the season. Schar’s defensive discipline complemented his attacking prowess, embodying Newcastle’s renewed energy.
Despite Villa’s earlier title aspirations, Unai Emery’s side has stumbled recently, dropping points in four of their last five games. A visibly tired Villa squad struggled against Newcastle, raising questions about squad depth and tactical adjustments needed for the challenges ahead.
While Newcastle’s Champions League dreams gain momentum, Villa aims to secure a top-four spot, ensuring European competition or an FA Cup run. The Premier League’s unpredictability keeps both teams on their toes as they navigate the remainder of the season.