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Benitez reaches milestone as Newcastle beat West Ham 3-0

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United vs West Ham United - Newcastle, Britain - August 26, 2017 Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez watches West Ham United's Andre Ayew and Newcastle United’s Chancel Mbemba in action REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United vs West Ham United - Newcastle, Britain - August 26, 2017 Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez watches West Ham United's Andre Ayew and Newcastle United’s Chancel Mbemba in action REUTERS/Scott Heppell

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 WEST HAM UNITED 0

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez reached a milestone of 500 Premier League points after Spanish striker Joselu, defender Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave them a 3-0 home win over West Ham United on Saturday.

The Magpies chalked up their first points of the campaign but the result did not make happy reading for the Hammers, who suffered a third defeat in successive opening league games for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, when they were relegated.

Joselu fired Newcastle ahead in his first start for the club with a 36th-minute goal of the highest quality, capping a fine move as Mikel Merino released Christian Atsu and the Ghana winger squared the ball into the heart of the penalty area.

Clark headed in a superb Matt Ritchie cross from the right in the 73rd minute to make it 2-0 and late substitute Mitrovic put the icing on the cake when he rounded West Ham keeper Joe Hart and stroked the ball into an empty net.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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