Newcastle took one step closer to their first domestic cup final since 1969 with an edgy 1-0 win over struggling Southampton, whose woes were compounded by the fact they had yet another goal chalked off by VAR and were reduced to 10 men late on.
Joelinton was guilty of spurning what looked to be the best chance of a cagey game when found by Miguel Almiron at the back post, firing aimlessly over the bar with the goal gaping (53), before then atoning for his earlier error by tapping home substitute Alexander Isak’s cross (73).
Che Adams wasted Southampton’s most presentable opportunity before the game’s opener, coming off second best in a one-on-one with Nick Pope (65), before Adam Armstrong was then denied after fumbling the ball over the line, only for VAR to spot a handball in the build up – the second time in three days Saints have seen goals disallowed after VAR review.
Magpies goalkeeper Pope has made 10 appearances and faced 19 shots since last conceding a goal, which has led to Newcastle keeping more clean sheets in all competitions than any other side in Europe’s big five leagues this season.
The two sides will meet again on January 31 to decide who will earn the prize of a Wembley final in late February against either Nottingham Forest or Manchester United.
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Southampton return to action in the FA Cup on Saturday with the visit of Blackpool; kick-off 3pm.
The Saints then face Newcastle in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at St James’ Park on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm.
Newcastle are already out of the FA Cup, meaning they have a free weekend. As a result, their next game is the visit of Southampton on Tuesday, when a place in the Carabao Cup final will be on the line.
The Magpies then return to Premier League action with the visit of West Ham on Saturday February 4, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 5.30pm.