Newcastle United one win away from the Champions League after a Burn and Bruno-inspired victory

Eddie Howe and Bruno Guimaraes celebrate at full-time vs Brighton
Happy Howe congratulates brilliant Bruno as Newcastle's UCL dream edges close (Image credit: Getty)

Newcastle United could be confirmed a Champions League team as soon as Saturday if Liverpool lose to Aston Villa at the weekend. The Toon's brilliant 4-1 defeat of Brighton in front of a deafening St. James' Park has sent Eddie Howe's team four points clear of Liverpool with each club having two games left.

A Deniz Undav own goal, and a Dan Burn header was bookended a goal by Undav at the correct end, making the score 2-1 to Newcastle after 51 minutes. A Nervy 35 minutes was punctuated by late breakaway goals by Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes which had Newcastle fans singing about away trips to Italy.

"They didn't make us anxious, they knew what the players needed in that moment" admitted Howe, reflecting on that period during which the game rested on a knife edge.

"We weren't in total control of that half. We got a few details wrong. We had to keep calm because we knew there would be counter attack moments for us."

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.