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Newcastle strike back from two down to deny Liverpool

Jack Colback celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Newcastle

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Newcastle United fought back from two goals down at halftime to stun a Liverpool side already shocked by news that their defender Mamadou Sakho is being investigated by UEFA after failing a drugs test.

Goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback, his first of the season, secured Newcastle a vital point to move them level with Sunderland on 30 points but still in 19th place in the relegation zone.

Liverpool had gone into the interval sensing victory after two excellent strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana put them in control.

But Newcastle looked a different side after the break and ensured that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez enjoyed a happy return to Anfield.

Dusan Tadic scored twice as Southampton handed relegated Aston Villa their 10th successive Premier League defeat with a 4-2 win on Saturday that kept alive their European hopes.

Striker Shane Long, who laid on both Tadic’s goals, put Saints ahead when he nipped in behind the static Joleon Lescott in a leaky Villa defence to head in Ryan Bertrand’s cross after a quarter of an hour.

Southampton increased their lead when Tadic tapped in Long’s square ball as angry Villa fans, their team’s relegation settled last weekend, waved cards saying “Proud History, What Future?”

Villa, their enterprise in attack contrasting with their woeful defending, pulled two goals back through midfielder Ashley Westwood either side of Tadic’s 71st-minute strike and substitute Sadio Mane completed the visitors’ win with a stoppage-time header

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