Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo was forced off as a result of a suspected concussion against Newcastle after Newcastle goalkeeper Nike Pope clashed with the player.
The Southampton player ran towards Pope during the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. The Newcastle goalkeeper raced out of his box to stop the winger, and his attempt was perfect, but he clashed with Djenepo.
However, he was penalized with only a free kick from outside the box. In terms of punishment, the referee decided not to penalize him.
The Malian collapsed and was quickly attended to by the medical staff on the St. Mary’s pitch.
After several minutes of being attended to, the player was able to walk to the dressing room unassisted. The player was replaced by Adam Armstrong.
The match ended in favor of the in-form Magpies, whose defenders are the strongest to break in the Premier League.
Newcastle have now taken a step toward winning their first trophy since 1999. Although the second hurdle is to face Southampton again for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final,
How Newcastle Defeated Southampton at St Mary Stadium
Newcastle started with a more direct style of play, with Brazilian Joelinton missing important scoring chances in the first half.
In the 73rd minute, the midfielder tapped in Alexander Isak’s cross to score in the 73rd minute.
Southampton should have had an equalizer, but Che Adam wasted an opportunity to put his team on level terms in a one-on-one situation with Newcastle.
However, Pope’s excellent goalkeeping kept the ball out of his net. Armstrong actually got the equalizer, but the goal was chalked out for handball after VAR intervention.
This is the fourth time a VAR decision will be against the Southampton side.
It was a frustrating night for the Saints after Duje Caleta-Car was sent off in the 86th minute. The defender launched a dangerous tackle on Allan Saint-Maximin.
The injury has ruled Saint Maximin out for seven days. Newcastle remain the only team to have kept 15 clean sheets.
The Newcastle manager seems committed to winning a titles after Saudi Arabia took over of the management.
What Next For Newcastle and Southampton
Newcastle won’t be playing in the FA Cup after they were eliminated by Sheffield Wednesday.
They have enough time to rest and get ready for the next fixture against Southampton in the next Carabao Cup semi-final. A win will move them to the Finals of the Tournament.
Southampton, on the other hand, have business to conduct in the FA Cup when they meet Blackpool on January 28, 2023.
The Southampton coach wants to ease his tenure off his neck, and a win will be the beginning of new things at the club.