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Published: 16:47 | 23/4/16

PL round-up: Toon steal point at Reds

Chelsea beat Cherries, while Villa lose to Saints

Newcastle United came from two goals down to earn a point at Liverpool in the Premier League, while Chelsea beat Bournemouth.

Aston Villa, already confirmed as Championship competitors next season, were defeated at home by Southampton.

In the day's early game, Manchester City eased to victory over Stoke City.


Liverpool was held to a 2-2 draw by Newcastle at Anfield, as Rafael Benitez secured a point at his former club in the live Setanta Sports clash.

The scoring was opened after just over a minute by Daniel Sturridge, who took down Alberto Moreno's quick free-kick over the top, swivelled and finished superbly.

Adam Lallana doubled the Reds' advantage, taking Moreno's pass and curling home an effort from the edge of the penalty area.

The visitors replied three minutes after the interval, as Papiss Cisse rose at the far post to head home a fine Vurnon Anita cross that was misjudged by Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Sturridge before Cisse and Andros Townsend contrived to miss a decent chance to level.

Roberto Firmino had a goal correctly ruled out for offside prior to Jack Colback smashing in an equaliser, via a deflection off Dejan Lovren, when Townsend's cross dropped out towards the edge of the box.

Neither side appeared to be satisfied with a point apiece in the closing stages but a winning goal was not forthcoming.

The draw keeps Newcastle 19th, behind Sunderland on goal difference and a point adrift of Norwich. The Blacks Cats have five games remaining, Norwich four and Newcastle just three.

Liverpool sit seventh, a point behind sixth-placed West Ham United.

Reds defender Mamadou Sakho watched on from the stands at Anfield due to being under investigation from UEFA following a suspected failed drugs test.

Bournemouth were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at Dean Court.

Pedro gave Chelsea the lead in the sixth minute by chasing down a Cesc Fabregas through-ball and finishing neatly past Artur Boruc.

The Cherries missed a succession of opportunities to level, with Marc Pugh and Lewis Grabban amongst the culprits, before Eden Hazard received a flick from Fabregas and struck home a clever finish from 20 yards.

Bournemouth, though, quickly pulled a goal back when the unmarked Tommy Elphick headed in a Simon Francis delivery.

The hosts threatened regularly in the second half but the visitors became more comfortable when Willian was played in by Fabregas and lifted an excellent finish over Boruc.

Hazard struck home Nemanja Matic's pull-back from close range to add late gloss to Chelsea's win, which lifts the Blues to ninth, while Bournemouth remain 13th.

Relegated Aston Villa lost 4-2 at home to Southampton.

Shane Long struck the underside of the crossbar with an early attempt before finding the net in the 15th minute with a close-range header from Ryan Bertrand's fine cross.

With the Saints dominant, Virgil van Dijk struck the post and Long had a goal disallowed for offside.

The visitors got their second through through Dusan Tadic, who swept in an accurate finish after being set up by Long.

However, Villa went in at the break with just a single-goal deficit thanks to Ashley Westwood's half-volley following a scramble involving Jordan Ayew, Scott Sinclair and Jose Fonte.

Southampton dominated the third quarter of the encounter, eventually restoring a two-goal lead inside the final 20 minutes, as Tadic's strike from Long's pass deflected off Westwood and found the net.

Westwood again grabbed a goal back for the home side, curling in a finish from 15 yards when substitute Rudy Gestede failed to deal with Jack Grealish's delivery.

The Saints, though, confirmed Villa's defeat through Sadio Mane's close-range header from a Cedric Soares cross.

Ronald Koeman's men remain in eighth place but close to within a point of the side immediately above them, Liverpool.

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