Newcastle United are one step away from winning their first domestic title in 68 years in the English League Cup. The nouveau riche Saudi club advanced to the final in the Premier League semi-final duel with bottom FC Southampton with a 2-1 (2-1) win after the Magpies had won the first leg 1-0 a week ago.
In the final on February 26 at London’s Wembley Stadium for the successor to the already eliminated cup defender FC Liverpool from team manager Jürgen Klopp, Newcastle, which last celebrated an important success in the mother country of football in 1955 by triumphing in the FA Cup, either meets record champions Manchester United or former European champions Nottingham Forest. The second finalist will be determined on Wednesday (21:00) at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium. The Red Devils won the first leg 3-0.
Newcastle, who were bought by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund last season, took a crucial lead in the second leg with a brace from Sean Longstaff (5th and 21st). Despite being outnumbered, Che Adams (29′) was only able to shorten the gap for the guests after a red card against Bruno Guimaraes (82’/gross foul play).