The classic of the March 20, 2016, a few months before the Magpies were relegated, with the Black Cats escaping by two points. Then, Newcastle returned to the elite of English football, but Sunderland entered a hole that has kept them in promotion since 2017, including four years in the third category.
And this Saturday, in a new edition of one of the most traditional and spicy classics of English football, The black and white team took revenge: the red and white team had been undefeated in nine games and had won six in a row in the derby.
Those led by Eddie Howe took advantage of the defensive concessions of Michael Beale’s pupils and won at the Stadium of Light thanks to the conquests of Danny Ballard, against (35′), and Alexander Isak, twice (46′ and 90′). The Swede was assisted by Paragruyan Miguel Almirón, who stole in the goal zone and assisted him, and took charge of a penalty on the hour mark to put definitive figures on the scoreboard.
The host had Jobe Bellingham, younger brother of Real Madrid star Jude, on the court.
In this way, Newcastle advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup, the oldest tournament in the world (it has been played since 1871), for the first time since the 2019/20 season – when it reached the quarterfinals -, beating its rival of a lifetime, something that has not happened since 2011.
The stadiums of the North East English teams, St James’ Park and the Stadium of Light, are located less than 20 kilometers awayand the two teams They were protagonists of national football in the first decades of the 20th century, combining for 10 leagues and eight FA Cups.
In addition, this Saturday’s game broke the tie: Newcastle now dominates it with 54 wins, to Sunderland’s 53 (50 draws).
The victory, important for the competition and the opponent, comes at a key moment to lift the spirits of the Magpies, who had lost in six of their last eight presentations: They occupy ninth position in the Premier League (in 2022/23, they finished in fourth place), they were bottom in their Champions League group and were left out of the League Cup on penalties, after destroying the two greats of Manchester.
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