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30 August 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: S. Studer
• Attendance: 29242
H. Vučkič 21'
Newcastle United win Aggregate 2 - 1
Well that's it from me on a good night for Tyneside. Newcastle fans can celebrate and look forward to the Group Stage draw which takes place tomorrow. This is Nicholas McGee signing off!
An unconvincing display from Alan Pardew's side in the second half, but in the end they have done just enough to reach the Group Stages. Tougher tests await and Newcastle will have to improve if they want to advance to the latter stages of the competition.
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Full Time: Newcastle 1-0 Atromitos: The Greek's last attack falls to nothing and the Magpies' place in the Group Stages of the Europa League is confirmed!
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90' + 1'
Denis Epstein wastes another chance for the Greeks as he fires over. Sylvain Marveaux is replaced by Romain Amalfitano.
There will be three minutes of injury time at St James' Park.
Luis Eduardo Santana Brito
Newcastle have begun to control the game a bit more, Obertan lays the ball off to Gosling in a good position but the former Everton man shoots over the bar.
Yellow Card Nikola Beljić
Atromitos are again denied a penalty. Beljic appears to go down under the challenge of Coloccini but the midfielder is correctly booked for diving after checking with his assistant.
Newcastle stretch the play as they counter quickly through Obertan, the attack falls to nothing however as Marveaux hits an effort over the bar.
Atromitos are dominating possession at the moment and Newcastle look tired. Dangerous moments for the Magpies.
More danger for Newcastle as Elini Dimoutsos spurns a glorious chance, firing across the face of goal from close range.
Yellow Card Fabricio Coloccini
Gosling gives the ball away in midfield and Anastasios Karamanos fires way over from with a shot from distance.
Newcastle are in control but their second half display continues to be a disjointed one. Bigirimana sends another free-kick way over the bar.
Great save from Itandje! Obertan breaks free down the right hand side but is denied from close range by his compatriot who palms brilliantly away.
Newcastle have lacked spark and fluidity in this second half. The Greeks have not looked likely to find a leveller, but as long as the score remains 1-0 they have a chance.
Chumbinho looks to be ok and rejoins the action. Coloccini heads over from a Bigirimana free-kick.
Newcastle, after a very good first half display, have been very poor in the second period. There is more injury concern, but this time for Atromitos as Chumbinho lands awkwardly trying to meet a cross from Epstein.
Perch's night is over as James Tavernier comes on to take his place in the defence.
James Perch is receiving medical attention, the defender looks in some discomfort as he holds the back his neck.
Bewildering scenes at St James' Park as a streaker finds his way on the pitch and is greeted by raucous cheers. The intruder is hauled away by the stewards and the Greeks clear a Gael Bigirimana free-kick.
Chumbinho, who will still be aggrieved about being denied a penalty, has the ball in the net. However, the strike is ruled out as the Brazilian was flagged for offside after latching on to a ball from Luiz Brito.
Newcastle have slowed the tempo somewhat and are allowing Atromitos to have more of the ball. Still not much for the 30 or 40 travelling fans to cheer about though.
Newcastle go close to adding second straight away, Ba plays in Obertan who goes round Itandje but can't quite control the ball to get away a shot.
Atromitos get the second half underway.
Half Time: Newcastle have the advantage in the tie thanks to Haris Vuckic's deflected strike, but they count themselves very lucky to still be ahead after the Greek side were denied what looked a clear penalty.
Yellow Card Chumbinho
Huge controversy as Atromitos are denied a penalty. Krul fumbles a long range drive from Denis Epstein and appears to foul Chumbinho as he attempts to recover the ball. However, instead of pointing to the spot the Swiss referee books the Atromitos man for diving and awards the home side a free-kick.
More Newcastle pressure as the Magpies force back to back corners, Pardew's side are peppering Itandje, who made a number of mistakes from high deliveries in the first leg.
Newcastle are comfortable, but you feel they still need another goal to kill the tie off. Ba heads a Marveaux corner well wide of the goal.
Another chance for Newcastle and another one for Vuckic! Ba lifts a lofted to Obertan, who skins the Atromitos full back before squaring for the Slovenian whose close range effort is well blocked.
That Atromitos chance appears to have been nothing more than brief respite from a Newcastle onslaught. Vuckic is continuing to cause havoc in the penalty area and Demba Ba has also looked dangerous. Itandje is a busy man in the Atromitos goal, and he has to produce a strong save to palm away a deflected effort from Ba.
Atromitos go close to going level, Chumbinho is played through on goal but he hits his shot straight at Tim Krul.
Newcastle hold the aggregate lead in the tie for the first time and are in complete command. Mike Williamson has a chance to make it 2-0 but pokes a shot just wide from a Marveaux corner.
Assist Danny Simpson
Goal Haris Vuckic
1-0 Newcastle! Haris Vuckic hits a long range strike, which is deflected past a wrongfooted Itandje and into the bottom corner.
Newcastle have dominated the majority of the play so far, but Atromitos - to their credit - have held firm relatively comfortably.
Obertan forces a corner. Marveaux's delivery is a dangerous one but Demba Ba is penalised for holding onto a defender.
Vuckic is playing in the hole behind Ba, Perch has taken Taylor's place at left back and Gosling has dropped back into a deeper midfield position.
I'm wrong, its Haris Vuckic who takes the place of Taylor and not Tavernier.
It looks like an ankle injury for Ryan Taylor, who is helped to the dugout by the physio. James Tavernier appears ready to take his place.
Ryan Taylor goes down injured after embarking on a good run down the left hand side. Seconds later Sylvain Marveaux plays a one-two with Dan Gosling before breaking into the Atromitos box and forcing Charles Itandje into a good save.
Newcastle go close to taking the lead as Obertan lays a pass into James Perch, who curls a long-range effort just wide of the post.
The Magpies, in front of a fairly sizeable home crowd, have made a decent start. French winger Gabriel Obertan creating an early opportunity which was scrambled away by the Greek defence.
Kick-off: Newcastle, playing towards the Leazes End, get the action underway.
There is a minutes applause at St James' Park to commemorate former Newcastle chief executive Freddie Fletcher, who passed away on Monday.
The teams have emerged from the tunnel, with Newcastle draped in an unfamiliar lime green kit. Kick-off is just around the corner.
Demba Ba will be making his first appearance in a European game, as Alan Pardew's men look to reach the Group Stages of a European competition for five years. They hold the advantage from the 1st leg thanks to Ryan Taylor's away goal in Athens last week.
The two teams line up as follows: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Perch, Bigirimana, Obertan, Gosling, Marveaux, Ba Subs: Harper, Cabaye, Cisse, Amalfitano, Vuckic, Tavernier, Campbell Atromitos: Itandje; Skondras, Fitanidis, Lazaridis, Giannoulis, Iglesias, Brito, Dimoutsos, Chumbinho, Epstein, Karamanos Subs: Radman, Tavlaridis, Kuqi, Beljic, Nastos, Balas, Garcia Referee: Stephan Studer (Switzerland)
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Newcastle's Europa League 2nd leg play-off against Atromitos. I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be taking you through the next 90 minutes as the Magpies look to book their place in the Group Stages.
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