Newcastle United won at Southampton due to a goal from Joelinton, giving them a slim lead going into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. With 17 minutes remaining, the Brazilian made up for earlier passing up a simple opportunity when he connected with Alexander Isak's precise low cross to provide the game-winning assist. In an effort to end a trophy drought that dates back to their 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup victory, Newcastle will now be considered the favourites to make it to their first major Wembley final since the FA Cup in 1999.
And if Newcastle does succeed in finishing the job in the return leg on Tyneside, they will be indebted to Nick Pope, who extended his extraordinary personal record to 10 consecutive clean sheets by making two crucial second-half saves from Southampton replacement Che Adams with the score still 0-0. Duje Caleta- Car's dismissal for receiving a second yellow card in the last minutes made Southampton's night of despair complete after what they believed to be an equaliser from Adam Armstrong was disallowed by VAR for handball.
Joelinton had a key role in the game. He had a goal controversially disallowed in the first half for handball, missed an easy opportunity to score, and then scored to give Eddie Howe's team a strong chance to advance to the Wembley final. On Tuesday, January 31, the second leg between the two teams takes place at St James' Park.