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Result: Newcastle United drop into relegation zone after draw with Aston Villa

Newcastle United drop into the Premier League relegation zone after being held to a goalless draw away at Aston Villa.

Newcastle United have been held to a goalless draw away at Aston Villa, a result which leaves the Magpies in the drop zone and at risk of being relegated before the final game of the season.

Sunderland's 3-2 victory over Chelsea has left the Black Cats one point ahead of Newcastle but they can send their North-East rivals down to the Championship if they win their game in hand against Everton on Wednesday night.

Jack Colback rues missing a chance during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on May 7, 2016© Getty Images

With Norwich City falling to defeat against Manchester United, Newcastle went into the game knowing that they could move five points clear of one of their rivals with victory at Villa Park, but they barely offered anything in the final third during a dismal opening 45 minutes.

The only shot of the opening quarter came through a speculative 35-yard drive from Villa's Ciaran Clark, and while Newcastle never looked like falling behind, their only real opportunity during the first half came through a mis-hit volley from Papiss Cisse after he had been found in space at the back post.

Andros Townsend and Kevin Toner in action during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on May 7, 2016© Getty Images

The Magpies returned after the restart pushing for a goal and they almost found one within a minute of the second half getting underway, but after Andros Townsend found Jack Colback, the midfielder's volley was fired over the bar from 12 yards out.

Chances were still few and far between but just after the hour mark, Aleksandar Mitrovic had his first opportunity since being introduced as a substitute when latching on to a ball over the top but his lob was directed off target.

Alan Hutton and Georginio Wijnaldum in action during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on May 7, 2016© Getty Images

With 20 minutes remaining, news emerged of Sunderland taking the lead against Chelsea which left Newcastle requiring a goal to remain out of the drop zone, and they nearly found one when Georginio Wijnaldum toe-poked the ball towards the bottom corner, only to see Mark Bunn make an outstanding intervention down to his right.

The Magpies continued to throw men forward in search of a goal but a header from Mitrovic that just evaded the far post was their best opening heading into the closing 10 minutes.

Townsend saw a free kick comfortably saved by Bunn deep into added-on time but that was as near as Newcastle came in the final stages as Villa held them to a draw which leaves Rafael Benitez's men staring second-tier football square in the face.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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