Saint-Maximin’s volley gives Newcastle a draw at Wolves

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Allan Saint-Maximin scored a thunderous volley in the last minute to earn Newcastle United a point in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.

Ruben Neves broke the deadlock in the 38th minute.

This came after he put a long-range shot through Joe Willock’s legs and into the net to round off a brilliant move that switched from one wing to the other.

Newcastle were without record-breaking signing Alexander Isak, who arrived from Real Sociedad last week, as his work permit failed to arrive in time for the 22-year-old to watch the game from the stands.

Newcastle’s Fabian Schar endured a lengthy VAR test early in the second half after a foul on Pedro Neto.

But the defender was allowed to remain on the pitch despite a high challenge that left Neto in need of treatment.

Raul Jimenez seemed to have set the home side to their first win of the season when he put the ball into the net in the 81st minute.

But the effort was ruled out after a VAR review found Neto fouled Ryan Fraser in the build-up.

Newcastle dominated possession in the second half but the Wolves’ defense did a good job of quelling their attacking flair.

Winger Saint-Maximin looked a shadow of the player who had been their biggest offensive threat this season.

That all changed, however, when he volleyed in from the edge of the box.

They almost took all three points from a corner in added time, but substitute Elliot Anderson’s header hit the bar.

Saint-Maximin’s goal secured a tie that maintained Newcastle’s unbeaten start to the season and left them in seventh place with six points.

“We work hard in training, I try to bring more things into my game and I train a lot with the coach to help me hit that volley,” Saint-Maximin said. “I’m really happy about that goal because it was important for us to get a draw or try to win the game.”

He added: “I’ve got a lot of people around me kicking me and throwing me out of the game, so I’m really happy to score.”

Second in the table with two points, the wolves are still looking for their first win of the season.

(Reuters/NAN)

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