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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Fabian Schär (24', 63')
  • Ayoze Pérez (90'+3')

Newcastle out of relegation zone with emphatic win over Cardiff

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Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Schär the unlikely hero (1:20)

Newcastle defender Fabian Schär struck twice as the hosts secured a vital three points over fellow strugglers Cardiff. (1:20)

Newcastle United moved out of the relegation zone and dropped Cardiff City into it as an unlikely double by Fabian Schar earned them a crucial 3-0 victory at St James' Park.

An afternoon that began with unpopular club owner Mike Ashley being booed by disgruntled home fans ended on a brighter note as Rafa Benitez's side took maximum points at home for only the third time this season.

After five games without a league win the visit of Cardiff had the feel of a key relegation battle and Schar's 24th-minute opener eased the tension around the ground.

Finding himself in an advanced position the centre back drove in from near the touchline and curled a superb shot past Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge.

It was Schar's first goal for Newcastle since joining from Deportivo La Coruna and having got the taste for it he doubled his side's lead when bundling the ball into the net from a Matt Ritchie corner just past the hour mark.

Cardiff offered little in response apart from the odd flurry and Schar was not far away from claiming a hat-trick when he headed off target from another Ritchie corner.

Ayoze Perez added some late gloss, tapping in Newcastle's third in stoppage time from Salomon Rondon's cross.

Newcastle climbed to 17th with 21 points, one place above the drop zone while Cardiff are in 18th spot, with 19 points.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 27 +54 65
2 Liverpool 26 +44 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +29 60
4 Manchester United 26 +17 51
5 Arsenal 26 +16 50
6 Chelsea 26 +16 50
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 +1 39
8 Watford 26 0 37
9 Everton 27 -3 33
10 West Ham United 26 -7 33
11 AFC Bournemouth 26 -10 33
12 Leicester City 26 -3 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 -7 27
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -11 27
15 Burnley 26 -18 27
16 Newcastle United 26 -12 25
17 Cardiff City 26 -23 25
18 Southampton 26 -16 24
19 Fulham 26 -33 17
20 Huddersfield Town 26 -34 11