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Newcastle go second as Almiron scores again in win at Leicester

Newcastle moved second in the Premier League after a blistering first-half performance saw them win 3-0 at Leicester following the World Cup break as Miguel Almiron hit his ninth goal of the season.

The Magpies scored all three goals in the first 32 minutes in a Boxing Day victory that puts them a point above Manchester City and four points behind leaders Arsenal, although both sides have two games in hand.

Newcastle were 2-0 up after seven minutes at the King Power Stadium thanks to Chris Wood's penalty (3) and Almiron's cool finish (7) giving him his eighth goal in his last nine Premier League games.

Joelinton then headed in a third from a corner (32) to put the game beyond the Foxes and record a sixth successive Premier League win - their best run since 2012.

Defeat for Leicester ends their four-game winning run in all competitions as they remain 13th.

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