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Played
March 7, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki — Moskva
Referee:‬ I. Vad II‎
Attendance:‬ 9948‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Newcastle

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch and Rob Elliot impressed at the back as the Magpies held their Russian hosts to a stalemate in Moscow in the first leg of their last-16 tie

By Oliver Platt

  • Vladimir Gabulov
    6
    2
    3.00

    Vladimir Gabulov

    Barely touched the ball. Made an easy save when Ben Arfa tried a chip that went wrong.

  • Andrey Eschenko
    5
    2
    3.00

    Andrey Eschenko

    Not a highly attacking right-back but he defended well against Obertan and did the simple things well.

  • Joao Carlos Pinto Chaves
    6
    2
    3.00

    Joao Carlos Pinto Chaves

    Authoritative at the back. Stepped up to deny Sissoko space to operate in and distributed the ball well. Stopped an Ameobi breakaway with a good tackle.

  • Ewerton
    5
    3
    3.00

    Ewerton

    Like Joao Carlos, he looked comfortable in possession and quick to anticipate attacks through the middle, but was rarely tested.

  • Jucilei
    6
    3
    3.00

    Jucilei

    Another physically imposing player in midfield, he effectively suffocated Sissoko and Cabaye and recycled possession cleanly but looked unlike to unlock the Newcastle defence.

  • Oleg Shatov
    4
    4
    2.00

    Oleg Shatov

    His pace proved a useful outlet on the left but his final ball when he had got behind the defence frequently let him down.

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    8
    2
    3.00

    Yuri Zhirkov

    Got the better of Marveaux when he supported the attack on a couple of occasions and chested down for Eto'o to shoot for the best chance of the game.

  • Odil Akhmedov
    5
    4
    2.50

    Odil Akhmedov

    Drew a foul and a booking out of Haidara in the first half but was more industrious than inspiring for the most part.

  • Lassana Diarra
    12
    5
    2.50

    Lassana Diarra

    His mobility through the centre looked like it might prove a threat in the early stages but after Willian had been substituted he struggled to link-up with his team-mates to the same effect.

  • Willian
    15
    3
    3.00

    Willian

    Created the best opening of the game in his time on the pitch by releasing Shatov with a through ball before he was forced off due to injury after 22 minutes.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    28
    6
    3.50

    Samuel Eto'o

    Anzhi's biggest threat, he saw one long-range shot palmed over the bar and another pushed wide by Elliot. Received very little in the way of quality service, with Willian's injury hardly helping matters.

Substitutions

  • Rasim Tagirbekov
    3
    3

    Rasim Tagirbekov

    A late replacement for Eschenko.

  • M. Carcela
    2
    3

    M. Carcela

    A late replacement for Shatov.

  • Lacina Traore
    5
    5
    2.00

    Lacina Traore

    Obviously poses an aerial threat but he did not have many crosses to work with and his touch on the ground was consistently poor.

  • Rob Elliot
    17
    0
    3.50

    Rob Elliot

    Made two good saves from Eto'o, first palming a 25-yard shot over the bar before excellently pushing a half-volley around his right post. Quick off his line and assured when the Newcastle defence was breached.

  • Danny Simpson
    5
    4
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Shatov's pace caused him problems but he usually recovered in time to block the forward's route to goal. His distribution was disappointing though.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    37
    3
    4.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Top of the Match

    Superb at centre-back. An extremely promising mix of pace, power and technical quality, he read the game well, constantly eased Traore out of possession and distributed the ball calmly.

  • James Perch
    10
    2
    3.50

    James Perch

    Nothing fancy but very solid in central defence before he moved into midfield after Steven Taylor's introduction in the latter stages.

  • Massadio Haidara
    17
    1
    3.00

    Massadio Haidara

    Very enthusiastic at left-back and strived to support Obertan. Generally defended well, but, naturally for his age, was occasionally a touch over-zealous.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    14
    2
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    Could not dictate proceedings as he would have liked from central midfield but picked out Ben Arfa for Newcastle's best chance of the match. Tried to stretch Anzhi with some longer passes to mixed success.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    16
    2
    2.50

    Moussa Sissoko

    Tried to find space behind the striker but was usually crowded out before he could pick out a team-mate and was restricted to playing short, simple passes.

  • Vurnon Anita
    12
    2
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Reliable in possession but not as destructive a presence as Newcastle might have hoped in central midfield.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    15
    2
    2.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Peripheral, as he returned from injury, until he was presented with a golden chance to grab an away goal which he foolishly failed to take. Tried to chip the goalkeeper when a low finish would surely have been more effective.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    9
    2
    2.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Had little joy in attack on the right and was sometimes a defensive weak link when Zhirkov went forward.

  • Gabriel Obertan
    3
    10
    1.50

    Gabriel Obertan Flop of the Match

    His pace threatened to stretch the Anzhi defence, but his first touch, passing and crossing were all highly disappointing.

Substitutions

  • Steven Taylor
    11
    0
    3.00

    Steven Taylor

    Reinforced the defence for the last quarter of an hour and did well to keep Eto'o wide when the forward advanced into the box in the final minutes.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    8
    1

    Cheikh Tiote

    A late replacement for Cabaye.

  • Shola Ameobi
    3
    4
    2.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Battled with the centre-backs to hold the ball up but did not see much of it in his 25 minutes or so on the field.

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