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Sublime Baines sets Everton on path to fifth

Published on Jan 3, 2013 6:16 AM

NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Leighton Baines scored a sensational free-kick as Everton came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle United on Wednesday and climb to fifth place in the Premier League.

The England left-back beat Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul with a wickedly swerving strike from 30 yards two minutes before half-time, after Papiss Cisse had put the hosts in front after only 65 seconds.

On the day Newcastle announced that they had agreed to sell Demba Ba to Chelsea, Cisse was keen to impress, but it was Everton who took the spoils thanks to a 60th-minute winner from substitute Victor Anichebe.

The victory took Everton to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea, while Newcastle, who had prospective new signing Mathieu Debuchy of Lille watching in the stands at St James' Park, remain 15th.

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