Newcastle see off Southampton to reach Carabao Cup final

Newcastle United booked their place in a first major final in 24 years by overcoming Southampton 2-1 at home on Tuesday in their Carabao Cup semifinal second leg to seal a 3-1 victory on aggregate.

Newcastle had won the first leg 1-0 away last week, with a late strike from Joelinton, and local man Sean Longstaff got them off to an ideal start in the return by opening the scoring in the fifth minute.

It was the midfielder’s first goal at St James’ Park in almost four years and he struck again in the 21st minute, knocking in a cut-back from Miguel Almiron to finish off a flowing team move sparked by a slalom run forward by Joe Willock.

Che Adams gave Southampton some hope with a bolt from the blue later in the first half after pouncing on a sloppy backpass by Willock and in the second half fellow striker Adam Armstrong had a glorious chance to level the score on the night but was thwarted by goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was shown a straight red card in the 82nd minute after a VAR review for a studs-up tack­le on Samuel Edozie but Eddie Howe’s side survived playing the final stretch of the match with 10 men.

Under the competition rules, Guimaraes is set to serve a three-match ban in the league for the dismissal but will be free to play again in the cup final on Feb. 26.

It will be the Magpies’ first final since they lost 2-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup showpiece in 1999 and their second appearance in the League Cup final, having lost to Man­chester City in 1976.

They will be bidding to win their first trophy since the 1955 FA Cup. –ESPN

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