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6 December 2012
• Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Referee: M. Masiah
• Attendance: 19983
C. Diabaté 29', 73'
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME. The referee airs three blasts of his whistle, and so ends Newcastle's second meeting with their French rivals in Group D, and it's a well-deserved 2-0 victory for the home side. Bordeaux have not been unplayable by any means, but nor have they needed to be to comfortably defeat a weakened and underwhelming Newcastle side tonight. The hosts created a number of fine chances before they did eventually score, and their goal only seemed to put them in better stead as far as their quality of possession went. Pardew's men looked decent in flashes, but such moments were all too brief, and they were short of any real presence both in central midfield and up top. No-one at the north-east club can really complain about the result, and they will most likely be glad that the game is out of the way. They progress from Group D, but as runners up. Night all!
90' + 1'
Ben Khalfallah has been unlucky not to get on the scoresheet tonight, and almost does so in stoppage time, arriving on the penalty spot to meet Gregory Sertic's cross, but his effort is deflected away from goal.
Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
Cheick Diabate sees his number held up by the fourth official, with Hadi Sacko waiting on the touchline to replace him. The two-goal centre forward leaves the field to a much-deserved standing ovation from the home crowd. He's taken both of his goals tonight with the composure and efficiency of a top-class goalscorer.
Papiss Cisse is wrongly flagged offside having latched onto a hopeful ball forward from midfield. Time is quickly running out for the visitors.
Nile Ranger produces his finest moment of the match so far, showing both strength and technique to gather a ball into his feet and spin his marker all in one movement, before lashing a rather wild effort high and wide.
Alan Pardew makes his final substitution to bring on Papiss Cisse for Shola Ameobi. It's been a disappointing night for the Nigerian international. He's worked as earnestly as ever, but too often has his touch deserted him, though he would rightly argue that his service has been minimal.
Ben Khalfallah round off some nice work from Saivet down the left flank by lashing a low effort at goal, which Elliot dives to collect at his near post.
Coloccini has indeed entered the fray for Newcastle in the immediate aftermath of that second goal, replacing Mike Williamson, although it's difficult to see a way back into this game now for the Magpies.
Assist André Biyogo Poko
Goal Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
GOAL!! Newcastle's higher defensive line seems now to have been their undoing, as Cheick Diabate pulls off the shoulders of the visiting centre backs to latch onto what should be a harmless punt upfield from Biyogo Poko. Diabate controls the ball, holds of the attentions of the pursuing Williamson, and slots calmly through Elliot's legs to secure his second goal of the evening. 2-0.
Bigirimana begins to show some much-needed urgency in the Newcastle midfield, with some tidy footwork resulting in the award of a free kick.
Yellow Card James Tavernier
Sylvain Marveaux find himself with a shooting opportunity once again from about 20 yards out, but his attempted chip nestles snugly into the gloves of the stationary Olimpa. Seconds later, James Tavernier picks up a booking for a late tackle.
A second change seems imminent for the visitors, as Fabricio Coloccini warms up with intent on the sidelines and Marveaux lashes a strike well wide from the edge of the box.
Bordeaux, meanwhile, are only improving. Their ease on the ball is becoming more and more apparent, with their right flank a particular threat. Some more nice interplay from Sertic and the overlapping Chalme now forces Elliot off his line.
After that pressure, Newcastle rediscover their high defensive line, which results in a couple of Bordeaux attacks being notably quelled by Mike Williamson. Still no real creative spark for the Magpies though, with Marveaux yet to graduate from the role of virtual onlooker.
Bordeaux come within inches of extending their lead. Gregory Sertic connects nigh-on perfectly with a half volley from range, after Chalme's cross was half-cleared by Vernon Anita. The strike is still rising as it flashes just past Rob Elliot's post, with the keeper well beaten.
Newcastle seem much invigourated in this second half, with Abeid firing a long-ranger over the bar, before Tavernier makes headway down the right and sees his cross collected by the opposition goalkeeper.
Shola Ameobi forces a fine low save from Olimpa, after latching onto a wonderful curled crossfield pass from Gael Bigirimana. Ameobi collects the ball, lets it bounce, then sends a left-footed strike across goal that is tipped away for a corner. Newcastle's best moment of the game by a distance.
Newcastle have started the second half with a better, higher defensive line, and as a result Bordeaux are finding it hard to exert the sort of pressure that they were prior to the interval. Much more positive from Newcastle, though Bordeaux's greater comfort on the ball still renders them the superior side.
An immediate improvement from Pardew's strike force, as Nile Ranger rises well to flick on a Rob Elliot clearance, and Shola Ameobi pokes the resulting half chance just wide of goal.
The teams are out again, and Vernon Anita will replace Sammy Ameobi for Newcastle. A strange one, and the departed Ameobi brother has been one of his side's brighter sparks tonight.
It should also be remembered that anything short of a win for the Magpies tonight means a second-placed finish in Group D, and therefore the possibility of drawing a Champions League dropout in the next phase. Not the worse occurrence, perhaps, but surely one they'll want to avoid.
Newcastle have really struggled in the first half in France, with their midfield unable to either dictate possession or offer a shield to their back four, while their strikers - admittedly feeding off scraps - have not held up long balls with any sort of aggression or success. At least one of those problems needs to be rectified by Alan Pardew during the interval should Newcastle trouble their hosts for a result tonight.
45' + 23'
Yellow Card James Tavernier
HALF-TIME. The referee blows for the break at the Stade Chaban Delmas, and it's the home side who take a thoroughly deserved lead into the interval. The only real surprise is that it isn't more, with only Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal preventing that being the case. Bordeaux have been keeping and using the ball far, far better than their visitors in the opening 45 minutes, and Newcastle's bit-parters look rusty.
Bordeaux continue to keep their visitors wholly under the cosh, with some fine one-touch stuff on the edge of the box unable to find a way through the Magpies' defence, though they seem happy to play it back to their own back line and goalkeeper.
Yellow Card Mike Williamson
Yellow Card Mike Williamson
Shane Ferguson does well to cut out a raking diagonal ball, but once again the move breaks down when Shola Ameobi fails to collect the ball and find a teammate. Bordeaux break, but the eventual cross is overhit and sails out for a goal kick.
Bordeaux have looked far less dangerous in possession since scoring. Newcastle's defence has duly improved after the wake-up call, and the hosts can no longer find a way through as easily as they previously could.
It's turned rather scrappy since the opener, with a somewhat waterlogged and cut up pitch not helping proceedings. Bordeaux seem very happy to just keep unthreatening possession, and Newcastle do not look like stopping them doing so. Bigirimana and Mehdi Abeid in the centre of the pitch have been far too passive so far, and desperately need to stamp their authority on the game.
That goal came at a bad time for Pardews men, as they were just beginning to feel their way into the game. They will need to step it up a level now, and the scoreline certainly reflects what we've seen so far. The hosts have a free kick in midfield now, and Gael Bigirimana gives away a soft foul
Assist Fahid Ben Khalfallah
Goal Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
GOAL!!! Fahid Ben Khalfallah arrives on the corner of the box to support a Bordeuax attack, Bellion offers him the ball, and he drifts a gorgeous cross in between Newcastle's two centre backs. Cheick Diabate times his arrival to perfection, and nods the ball simply but effectively down into the bottom corner of Rob Elliot's goal. No chance keeper. 1-0 to the hosts.
Much better from Newcastle, as the visitors - with a move that was borne from some good hold-up play from Shola Ameobi - make headway down the right as Ranger collects a long ball well and feeds Tavernier, who sees his low cross cut out.
Again, Shola Ameobi's touch lets him down after some good work from his brother to carry the ball up the left flank. The Magpies need more from their strikers here.
Newcastle need to take the sting out of proceeding here in Bordeaux, with the hosts already having created two or three fine chances. Some sustained possession for the away side would not go amiss, although Ranger and the Ameobi brothers have as yet failed to hold the ball up anywhere near well enough to enable such luxuries.
The hosts suddenly turn some seemingly harmless possession into a very good chance, with Henri Saivet spotting a chink in the Newcastle defence, and slipping in ex-Sunderland man David Bellion, whose drilled effort from a tight angle is well saved - again - by Rob Elliot.
Sammy Ameobi shows nice feet and a bright change of pace on the left wing, nutmegging Chalme but failing to pick out Ranger with his low, left-footed delivery. Bordeaux resume possession.
Ben Khalfallah brings Elliot into employment once again, finding himself in an cavernous space between Newcastle back four and midfield, and the playmaker hits a rasping drive which the visiting 'keeper parries away.
Centre forward Nile Ranger sees his first involvements in the game, first winning a second corner having worked the channels well, then seeing his challenge on Olimpa blown up for a foul following Marveaux's inswinging delivery.
Bigirimana does well to steal possession from the visitors to spring a possible counter for his side, but it comes to nothing as he chooses the wrong ball and the attack is snuffed out. His willingness to press his opponents is promising for Pardew's men though.
Newcastle's turn for their first corner now, with Shola Ameobi chasing a lost cause to force Olimpa to smother the ball behind. The corner comes to nothing though, with the home side earning a free kick for shirt pulling.
The home side force and early corner, which Henri Saivet brings down at the far post, drifts past a defender and lashes a shit which Rob Elliot does excellently to tip round his near post. A lively start.
And we're off in Bordeaux. Newcastle are looking to leapfrog their Group D rivals for top spot in France, while many of their peripheral squad members will be looking to use a rare outing to impress Alan Pardew.
Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Simpson, Anita, Amalfitano, Campbell, Cisse
Newcastle XI: Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson; Bigirimana, Abeid; Ranger, Marveaux, Sa Ameobi; Sh Ameobi
Subs: Keita, Sane, N'Guemo, Sacko, Maurice-Belay
Bordeaux XI: Olimpa; Chalme, Planus, Marange, Poundje; Khalfallah, Poko, Sertic, Saivet; Bellion, Diabate.
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