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UEFA Europa League
14 March 2013
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: D. Aytekin
• Attendance: 45487
P. Cissé 90'+
Newcastle United win Aggregate 1 - 0
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They took their time, but Newcastle finally took advantage of the extra man with the final touch of the game as Cisse's last gasp winner puts them into the next stage. After a first half in which Anzhi had the edge, the Magpies were frustrated in the second but, with help from their best player Marveaux, the Senegalese striker came up with the goods late on to send the Geordie boys into the last eight for the first time in eight years.
90' + 4'
90' + 4'
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Newcastle's Cisse has scored the winner with the last touch of the game after heading home Marveaux's cross from the right!!! What a finish!
Three minutes added on at St James' Park.
HITS THE BAR! Boussoufa rattles the woodwork with his effort! A let off for the Magpies, here!
Dangerous free kick for Anzhi just outside Newcastle's box...
Yellow CardYuri Zhirkov
But it's headed away. The hosts rebuild and Haidara puts a great ball into the box, however Taylor can't quite get on the end of it.
Corner to Newcastle, Marveaux to take...
Eto'o shoots from a tight angle but Elliot makes a good stop to keep the hosts in the game.
Santon does well to get down the right flank but his final ball into the box isn't good enough and fails to beat the first man.
Tiote hits a strike narrowly over the bar after some neat footwork by the midfielder.
Our man Mr. Scott: "Hiddink is on the pitch! Wearing what look suspiciously like pyjamas the Dutch coach has just strode a good few yards onto the playing surface here. He is quickly led back to his dugout by the fourth official. Pardew is clearly not impressed by the Anzhi boss's antics."
Marveaux finds Haidara on the left with a neat ball, but the latter can't get his shot away.
Gabulov saves well from Gutierrez but, again, the flag is up and it wouldn't have counted.
Here's our man at the ground, Charlie Scott: "Newcastle need a goal and Pardew is turning to their 18-year-old striker Adam Campbell. The former Wallsend Boys' Club player replaces Anita to a raucous reception from the home crowd. He is one of them. What a story that would be if he were to score the winner tonight!"
Gabulov saves brilliantly from Cisse's header, after a Marveaux cross, but the flag is raised and it wouldn't have counted anyway.
Sissoko tries to bring the ball down on the edge of the box but gets crowded out as Anzhi get back in numbers.
Santon crosses from the right but it's a poor ball and is cut out by Anzhi keeper Gabulov at his near post.
The dangerous Marveaux comes in from the right and tries to shoot at goal, but it's deflected and trickles into Gabulov's arms.
Newcastle are yet to capitalise on that red card, and in fact it's Anzhi who are on the ball and threatening at the moment. They need a goal now.
Eto'o lets fly from outside the box but he can't keep it down and the ball rises over the bar.
Yellow CardVurnon Anita
Anita flies in on Zhirkov and earns a booking.
RED CARD!! Here's our man Charlie Scott on the decision: "Anzhi's Carcela-Gonzalez is sent off! is shown a second yellow card by the referee Deniz Aytekin after flying into a challenge with Haidara! The Newcastle fans are celebrating wildly. They smell blood here. One goal would send them through to the last-eight with the score on aggregate at 0-0."
On second look it seems like there may have been a superb last ditch tackle on Taylor there.
Taylor should score! Marveaux's free kick from the right is flicked on towards the centre-back but he hits it straight at Gabulov in the Anzhi goal from a yard out!
Carlos acts quickly to intercept Anita's run as Newcastle try and get in behind.
Marveaux crosses towards Sissoko from the right but the Frenchman can't get a clean contact on it with his header.
Yellow CardM. Carcela
Sissoko slices an attempted shot when a great chance opens up for the Magpies midfielder. Newcastle keep the move alive and get the ball back in the box but Sissoko heads over.
We're back underway.
Here's our man at the game this evening, Charlie Scott, and his take on proceedings so far: "It's half-time here at St. James's with neither side managing to break the deadlock so far. Anzhi have looked the more likely to do so, with Odil Ahmedov and Samuel Eto'o both firing narrowly wide. Pardew's men have looked toothless in attacking areas and have not been helped by the enforced departure of their skilful captain Yohan Cabaye because of injury. Steven Taylor - fresh from his unorthodox gamesmanship at Stoke at the weekend - has been very good at the back for the Magpies, and has thrown his body in front of three Lassana Diarra shots in the first half. This tie is finely poised for a Newcastle hero. The 18-year-old forward Adam Campbell, perhaps, or maybe the seasoned warrior Shola Ameobi. If Big-Sho came on today he would become the most capped player in Europe for the club, surpassing Alan Shearer's record of 49."
The tie remains in the balance, then, and as Newcastle are without an away goal you feel they must score first after the break. Stay with us.
It's been an open 45 minutes so far at St James' Park, with Eto'o and Akhmedov going close for Anzhi - the latter after a poor mistake from Yanga-Mbiwa - and Taylor also getting in Diarra's way a couple of times. Cabaye has seen a decent effort saved for the hosts, who have enjoyed a few spells of dominance in possession but are just struggling to create many clear chances.
45' + 1'
The half-time whistle goes.
Santon is fouled inside the Anzhi half and wins a free kick. Marveaux puts the ball in the box and Taylor connects with his head, but it's over the bar.
Gutierrez escapes his man in the middle but can't release Cisse. Pardew's men will now build again.
The hosts are back on the ball and passing from flank to flank as they search for an opening.
Eto'o gets himself in possession in the Newcastle box but can't quite find a team-mate with a delicate through ball.
Again, no-one in a black and white jersey can get on the end of Marveaux's free kick. Then Cisse's cross from the left is gathered by Gabulov.
Cabaye is being forced off with injury for Newcastle, to a loud ovation from the home crowd. Jonas Gutierrez replaces him.
Akhmedov fires into the side netting after a poor mistake from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who gives the ball away from a free kick in his own half. That was close!
Anzhi are having to do some defending now as Vurnon Anita puts another ball into their box, but the Russians head it clear once more.
Marveaux whips in a free kick from deep on the right wing but Cisse can't quite rise high enough and Newcastle are forced to build from the back again.
Carlos cuts off Papiss Cisse as the Magpies striker tries to get in behind. Anzhi are on top at the moment.
Tiote comes through the back of Diarra to concede a free kick in the Magpies half. The Russians don't deliver into the box and instead try and build an attack, but the hosts hold firm and Elliot gathers the eventual cross.
Eto'o almost picks out Boussoufa with a neat through ball, but Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot leaps on it first.
Jucilei shoots from outside the box after a few lucky bounces but Taylor is in the way of it once more.
Akhmedov charges up the middle of the pitch and finds Boussoufa on the left, however his cross is blocked by Newcastle's main man Taylor.
Sissoko concedes a free kick in a dangerous area, the delivery finds Juan Carlos at the back post but he can't direct his header on target.
Vladimir Gabulov saves well to deny Yohan Cabaye's low drive. This game is really open at the moment.
Taylor makes another superb tackle to halt Diarra! Calls of an England call-up can now be heard from the home crowd.
Odil Akhmedov completely misses the ball after an Anzhi corner as the Russians start to look menacing.
Steven Taylor makes a brilliant tackle inside his own box to deny Lassana Diarra a clear opportunity. A very good challenge, that.
The lively Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez cuts in from his left wing and shoots at goal, however it's a weak shot and is well off target.
Davide Santon sends a loose ball high up the pitch, ending a decent spell of possession for Newcastle.
Anzhi have a bit of possession but fail to break down the home side's solid defence when they reach the final third.
Marveaux then lashes a powerful left-footed effort just wide after cutting in from the right.
Sylvain Marveaux delivers a free kick from the right flank but no-one in a Newcastle shirt can get on the end of it in the box.
Magpies' midfielder Cheikh Tiote tries to slip Moussa Sissoko in behind, but he instead slips and miss-places the pass.
Anzhi cross from the right but it's just over Mbark Boussoufa's head and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
Eto'o drags a shot just wide after getting beyond the Newcastle defence in an early warning sign for Newcastle. Anzhi are enjoying some early possession here.
Charlie Scott: "There's a fantastic atmosphere here at St James's Park. Newcastle's fans are in full voice, while the pocket of brightly-clad Anzhi supporters in the far corner are whistling their little hearts out in an attempt to drown out the home crowd."
Here come the teams...
Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, now at Anzhi, is making his 100th European appearance tonight.
Another little statistic for you; Newcastle have not reached the quarter-finals in Europe since 2005. Can they do it tonight? We'll have to wait and see.
STAT ATTACK: Anzhi Makhachkala are the first Russian team to visit St. James’ Park for a European fixture.
And some more from Mr. Scott: "The North East club are without Hatem Ben Arfa after he aggravated a hamstring injury earlier this week. Cheick Tiote comes in to the side as they line up in a 4-3-2-1 formation, with the Ivorian playing alongside Yohan Cabayeand Vurnon Anita in a robust midfield with a sprinkling of flair in Cabaye, the man Newcastle fans fondly call 'Dreamboat'. Pardew's men will be boosted by the absence of £30m man Willian from the Anzhi starting XI, as well as seeing Lacina Traore only named as a substitute. However the tournament's top scorer Eto'o does start for the visitors - the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star is making his 100th European appearance this evening."
Let's hear from our very own Charlie Scott, who is at St James' Park tonight: "There is a sense of expectation in Newcastle that Alan Pardew's side will progress to the last-eight of the Europa League this evening having all but secured Premier League safety with their win over Stoke at the weekend. Despite being referred to as 'a warrior' by the local press in the build-up to the game, Shola Ameobi is only on the bench tonight. As suspected after his tweet a few moments ago Danny Simpson is not involved, with Davide Santon starting at right-back in his place."
Anzhi starting line-up: Gabulov; Eschchenko, Carlos, Ewerton, Zhirkov; Akhmedov, Diarra, Jucilei; Boussoufa, Eto'o, Carcela-Gonzalez Subs: Pomazan, Tagirbekov, Logashov, Agalarov, Shatov, Traore, Smolov
Newcastle starting line-up: Elliot; Santon, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Cabaye, Anita, Tiote; Sissoko, Marveaux; Cisse Subs: Harper, Perch, Gutierrez, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sh. Ameobi, Campbell
Here's the team news...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's play-by-play text commentary of Newcastle's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala. The tie is delicately poised after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Russia, and the Magpies will fancy their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals in front of their own fans tonight.
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