Guimaraes doubles helps Newcastle beat Forest


Guimaraes doubles helps Newcastle beat Forest



Bruno Guimaraes' sublime second-half strike helped Newcastle United to a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest in a lively Premier League encounter.


Forest twice fought back from behind with Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi cancelling out goals from Guimaraes and Fabian Schar.


But Guimaraes secured the three points for the visitors with a brilliant finish in the 66th minute.


Victory lifts Newcastle up to seventh in the table, closer to the European places.


"We have to get Europe again," Guimaraes told Sky Sports. "Try for Champions League, I know it's difficult but definitely for Europa League."


Newcastle finished fourth in the Premier League last season to secure a place in the Champions League for the first time since 2003.


The Magpies are 11 points off fourth-placed Tottenham, but Kieran Tripper said Newcastle have a "never say never" attitude towards qualifying for Europe's premier competition.


Meanwhile, a defeat for Forest leaves them just two points clear of the relegation zone.


After a dramatic 4-4 draw against Luton Town the previous weekend, Eddie Howe's side played out another thrilling game.


Newcastle pulled off a clever short corner routine to go ahead in the 10th minute, with Kieran Tripper whipping a fierce ball to the back post where Guimaraes had timed his arrival to perfection to poke home the volley.


The atmosphere around the City Ground improved drastically when Morgan Gibbs-White threaded a well-weighted ball through the centre of the pitch and Elanga outpaced Newcastle's defenders to slot it past Martin Dubravka.


In a first half full of momentum shifts, Newcastle restored their lead as Schar met Sven Botman's header on the half-volley, firing it back across goal and into the bottom left corner.


Again Forest responded, with Hudson-Odoi's strike from 20 yards out taking a big deflection off Lewis Miley to wrong-foot Dubravka.


Nuno Espirito Santo's side may feel hard done by after referee Anthony Taylor waved away two penalty appeals, first for a light shove on Elanga by Anthony Gordon and then for Dubravka's outstretched arms bringing down Taiwo Awoniyi.


Forest pushed forward in search of a third equaliser, but a lack of a clinical finisher in front of goal cost them as they failed to make a single shot on target in the second half.