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Relegation-threatened Newcastle held by Wolves 1-1 in EPL

Newcastle was denied a crucial win in its relegation battle in the English Premier League as Ruben Neves earned Wolverhampton a 1-1 draw on Saturday, the same score as the previous four matches between the teams.

After Miguel Almiron struck the post for Newcastle in the first half, Jamaal Lascelles headed the hosts in front from Ryan Fraser's cross in the 52nd minute at St. James' Park.

Neves replied with a header of his own in the 73rd, meeting Pedro Neto's cross with an effort that beat recalled Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ruben Neves celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Wolves at the St James' Park stadium in Newcastle, England, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Owen HumphreysPool via AP)

Newcastle moved level on points with Brighton but was only four ahead of third-to-last Fulham, whose game in hand is against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Both teams had chances to snatch victory in a late flurry, during which Wolves defender Romain Saiss unwittingly blocked Joelinton’s shot on the line and saw the ball spin agonizingly over the crossbar. Dubravka then turned substitute Fabio Silva’s point-blank header on to the crossbar in stoppage time.

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Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles, right, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Wolves at the St James' Park stadium in Newcastle, England, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Richard SellarsPool via AP)

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ruben Neves scores his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Wolves at the St James' Park stadium in Newcastle, England, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Alex PantlingPool via AP)