Miguel Almiron scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season so far as Newcastle claimed a 2-1 win over West Brom.
It took Almiron just less than 20 seconds to give Newcastle the lead, as they looked to make a statement of intent upon their return to action.
Callum Wilson took the ball off Branislav Ivanovic, before feeding it to Joelinton. The club record signing used the outside of his boot to set up Almiron to his right.
The Paraguay international had a clear path as he ran onto the ball, finishing first time with his left foot.
It was an ideal start for Newcastle, who were playing for the first time in two weeks after their game against Aston Villa was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
19.98 – Miguel Almiron's goal after 19.98 seconds is Newcastle's second fastest in Premier League history, after Alan Shearer scored in 10.52 seconds against Man City in January 2003. Firing. pic.twitter.com/ubhF0Af0iv
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Several members of the squad – including some players – had tested positive for the virus in a recent outbreak. However, if any of those players were back on the pitch, it seemed they had quickly shaken off any ring rust.
However, as the game went on, West Brom worked their way back into the game. They scored early in the second half to draw level.
Matt Phillips sent a cross in from the left-hand side, which Darnell Furlong snuck in at the far-post to get on the end of.
The defender connected first time to get his first ever Premier League goal.
What a finish! 🎯
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Gayle wins it late on
It looked like the two sides may have been heading for a draw – which would have been a valuable point for West Brom, who are already in a relegation battle.
However, two familiar faces soon condemned them to defeat.
Two substitutes with West Brom pasts combined for Newcastle in the 82nd minute to restore their lead. Jacob Murphy sent a cross in from the right, which Dwight Gayle made the most of.
The former Baggies striker managed to get a powerful header away, which went in off the crossbar to make it 2-1.
Hence, Newcastle claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season, marking their return to action with three points.
In contrast, West Brom remain in the relegation zone and without an away win since their return to the Premier League.