Joelinton sent the Newcastle United fans crazy on Tuesday night against Southampton, but it would not have been possible without Alexander Isak.
The 23-year-old came off the bench midway through the second half to replace Callum Wilson, and proved to be the difference maker in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final.
A pass was fizzed into Isak down the right channel, who had his back to goal and seemingly nowhere to go. But the Swede immediately shifted the ball past Saints defender Duje Caleta-Sar, bursting past the Croatian, who later saw red, with his incredible pace.
Isak raced into the box, and provided a perfect delivery across the six-yard box for Joelinton. The Brazilian had a tap in, getting the goal his performance deserved.
He had already had one chalked off in dubious fashion, while he also missed an absolute sitter. But he could not miss this one thanks to Isak’s hard work, and the away end at St Mary’s exploded with noise as his effort hit the back of the net.
Alexander Isak shares ‘incredible’ moment with Newcastle fans
After the game, Isak spoke to NUFC TV. He was asked what it was like celebrating in front of the Toon fans after providing the assist for Joelinton.
“It was incredible.,” he said.
“We scored a goal and I lost it a bit and jumped over!
“It’s incredible the way they make us feel like we play at home. The noise, you can hear them now, it really felt like we were playing at home.
“Big credit to them for creating that type of atmosphere.”
Amazing moment on the road, but the job is only half done
As always, Newcastle fans packed out the away end. And they were in fine voice too, excited by the prospect of heading to Wembley.
The scenes behind the goal after Joelinton’s strike were amazing, with Isak jumping the barrier to celebrate with the supporters.
It means Newcastle have the advantage heading into the second leg at St James’ Park. The game is a sellout, and it should be a really special atmosphere inside the ground.
Fans are being asked to bring their scarves again, just like they did for the quarter final against Leicester.
The supporters who made the journey to Southampton witnessed something special on Tuesday night. Isak proved he is a difference maker once again, and provided the moment of quality that could take Eddie Howe’s side to the Carabao Cup final.
However, it is only half time. The support was loud and proud away from home, and it needs to even louder at St James’ Park next Tuesday night.