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Perez double inspires remarkable Newcastle comeback

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Perez double inspires remarkable Newcastle comeback
Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Everton - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - March 9, 2019 Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes   -   Copyright  ED SYKES(Reuters)
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Newcastle United produced a remarkable second-half fightback to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat Everton 3-2, their fifth successive home win in the Premier League, on Saturday.

A goal from Salomon Rondon and a late double from Ayoze Perez completely transformed the game after the home side were feeling aggrieved about going two down after a controversial first-half incident.

First-half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison seemed to be easing Everton’s path to victory as Newcastle were left raging about the visitors’ England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who could have been sent off on the half-hour.

Everton were leading through Calvert-Lewin’s 18th minute glancing header from Lucas Digne’s cross when Pickford, failing to punch the ball clear, clattered into Rondon and gave away a penalty.

No punishment was taken against Pickford, who then picked himself up to save Matt Ritchie’s 31st-minute spot kick with his feet.

Richarlison then struck within 71 seconds at the other end before Newcastle came on strong after the break, with the in-form Rondon reducing the deficit in the 65th minute with his eighth of the season.

Perez then hammered his quick-fire double in the final 10 minutes of the match to help Newcastle ease further clear of the relegation zone.

(Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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