Guimarães Double Delight Fuels Newcastle’s European Dream

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Bruno Guimaraes emerged as the hero for Newcastle United, netting two outstanding goals to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest and keep their hopes of European football alive for next season.

The Brazilian midfielder opened the scoring with a brilliant volley before adding a superb curled shot in a captivating match that saw Forest twice claw their way back into contention.

Nottingham Forest made one change from their previous 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth, with Moussa Niakhate replacing Andrew Omobamidele. Meanwhile, Newcastle opted for a single alteration, with Callum Wilson starting ahead of Jacob Murphy.

Newcastle swiftly asserted their dominance at the City Ground, with Guimaraes converting a sublime sidefooted volley from Kieran Trippier’s deep cross just 10 minutes into the game. Trippier’s assist marked his 10th of the season, putting him level with Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins in the Castrol Playmaker award race.

Additionally, Trippier became the first Newcastle player since Laurent Robert in 2001/02 to reach double figures in assists in a season.

Forest posed a threat on the counter-attack, and Newcastle received a warning when Anthony Elanga’s pace troubled Dan Burn, resulting in a well-saved shot by Martin Dubravka. Moments later, Elanga equalized for Forest, once again exploiting Burn’s vulnerabilities to slot the ball past Dubravka.

Newcastle regained the lead through Fabian Schar’s composed finish, but Forest responded again just before halftime, with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected shot finding the net.

Midway through the second half, Guimaraes struck again for Newcastle, this time with a precise long-range effort, securing the victory for his side.

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Despite Forest’s attempts to find an equalizer, they failed to seriously test Dubravka, suffering their sixth home defeat in seven matches and remaining perilously close to the relegation zone in 16th place.

Newcastle’s back-to-back away wins lift them to seventh in the standings, two points behind Manchester United. This victory also marks the first time since January 1966 that Newcastle has won consecutive away league matches against Forest.

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Moreover, Newcastle’s three goals in a 3-2 Premier League victory mark the first occurrence since October 2005, while this is the first time they’ve achieved such a feat in an away game in the competition.

Forest’s home woes continue, having lost six of their last seven Premier League matches at home and suffering their first consecutive home league defeats in a calendar year since 2018.

Meanwhile, Newcastle secures consecutive away wins in the Premier League for the first time since April 2023, including a previous 2-1 victory against Forest.

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