Thursday August 23, 2012 Play-off round Finished Peristeri

Atromitos Athinon 1 - 1 Newcastle United

  • Epstein 24’
  • Taylor 45’

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  1. Newcastle held to Europa League draw in Athens

    Newcastle held to Europa League draw in Athens

    Ryan Taylor scored a superb free-kick to give Newcastle a 1-1 draw away at Atromitos in the first leg of their Europa League play-off. More

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    • Atromitos Athinon
    • Newcastle United
    • 90' FT Atromitos 1-1 Newcastle. The game comes to an end, with the home side stubbornly hanging on for a draw, which they'll take to the SportsDirect Arena for the second leg.
    • 89' Lovely footwork from Amalfitano, who skips past challenges before Itandje smothers the Frenchman's effort.
    • 87' Atromitos are just holding firm here. Newcastle not exactly going fo broke either...
    • 85' Atromitos sub: Karagounis on, Giannoulis off
    • 83' Iglesias heads clear as Tavernier joins the attack on the right and crosses from a deep position.
    • 81' Atromitos struggling to get the ball as Newcastle knock it about with assurance in midfield.
    • 79' That was a let-off for Newcastle, who have been far superior tonight.
    • 78' Chance for Atromitos as Tavernier is caught out again. Giannoulis gets into a good position but he tries to lift the ball over Harper and it sails high and wide.
    • 76' Newcastle sub: Campbell on, Cisse off
    • 75' Itandje has stayed down here.
    • 74' Good break by Newcastle - and they should score. Obertan finds Cisse, whose back heel finds Amalfitano - but the substitutes first touch lets him down and Itandje makes the save.
    • 72' Newcastle sub: Gutierrez on, Marveaux off
    • 70' The high ball was horribly judged by Itandje, who has look vulnerable in those situations all night.
    • 69' Newcastle chance! Obertan hangs a cross from the right that Itandje misses completely. It falls to Cisse at the far post, but Itandje does just enough to smother the Senegalese striker's effort.
    • 68' The double substitution seems to have lifted Atromitos, who are beginning to look like a threat again. Iglesias fires just over from distance again.
    • 67' Epstein is causing problems again. His dangerous cross from the left is headed away by Perch, who has played well tonight.
    • 65' Newcastle sub: Amalfitano on, Gosling off
    • 64' Game has gone a bit flat as both sides seem satisfied with the draw.
    • 62' Atromitos sub: Karamanos on, Kuqi off
    • 61' Atromitos sub: Chumbinho, Beljic off
    • 60' The resulting corner finds Gosling's head, but he glances it wide.
    • 59' Chance for Newcastle! Ryan Taylor's free kick from the left is not dealt with by Atromitos. Cisse touches it back to Obertan, who lashes it just over. In fact, it was deflected out for corner.
    • 57' Harper is quick off his line to gather after a through ball towards Epstein was deflected and almost reached the German.
    • 55' Newcastle stroking the ball around nicely here. They look confident, and Atromitos can't get close to them right now.
    • 53' Newcastle pressing as Taylor's long throw is headed out by Iglesias for a corner.
    • 51' Atromitos win a free-kick and Epstein wings it in, but Williamson volleys it away.
    • 49' Beljic looks for an opening on the edge of the Newcastle box and dribbles it all the way along the 18-yard line before misplacing a pass wide.
    • 47' Newcastle looking for the lead straight away as Cisse hangs a cross in from the right but Gosling's poor header is easily dealt with by Itandje.
    • 46' We are underway again in Greece.
    • HT Tweet me your reaction to Taylor's free-kick and that first half in Greece.
    • HT Taylor's strike was the last kick of the first half - the perfect time for Newcastle to restore parity. It's a half in which they have been the better side, and deserving of that equaliser. They have the away goal to take back with them now. 1-1 at the break
    • HT HT Atromitos 1-1 Newcastle
    • 45' What a strike by Ryan Taylor! Gosling is fouled by Iglesias 25 yards from goal, and Taylor steps up again scores directly from the free-kick, delightfully lifting it over the wall and into the net. Superb goal.
    • 45' GOAL! Atromitos 1-1 Newcastle (R Taylor)
    • 44' Newcastle look long for Cisse again, but the striker has been isolated so far tonight.
    • 42' Gosling goes for goal with an acrobatic overhead kick from Lavernier's long throw - but it sails miles over the bar.
    • 41' Obertan is caught by Lazaridis, who leapt over him to head clear.
    • 39' Epstein drives forward again and finds Fugi. But Fugi lazily finds himself offside. That was avoidable.
    • 37' Atromitos have threatened very little since going ahead. They seem happy to take a 1-0 win to the Sports Direct Arena.
    • 36' A rare attack by Atromitos ends with captain Skondras letting fly from distance - but it's comfortable for Harper.
    • 34' Chance for Newcastle! Ryan Taylor whips in a free-kick from a wide area on the left that catches Atromitos keeper Itandje by surprise. He saves and Bigirimana volleys the rebound wide.
    • 32' It's all Newcastle here. Atromitos haven't been out of their own half for five minutes.
    • 30' Newcastle maintaining the pressure as Marveaux's corner to the far post caues some problems. Atromitos clear at the second time of asking
    • 29' Gosling's corner almost reaches Williamson, who claims he was impeded as he jumped for that ball. Nothing given, and play is waved on.
    • 28' Obertan whips a dangerous cross in from the right but Fitanidis is there to clear for a corner.
    • 27' Tavernier is a bag of nerves. Epstein closes him down before he is able to clear for Newcastle.
    • 26' Tavernier has been unable to deal with Epstein the whole game, and Alan Pardew has some thinking to do.
    • 25' Epstein gets behind Tavernier again and slots the ball into the bottom corner. All very predictable from a Newcastle point of view.
    • 24' GOAL! Atromitos 1-0 Newcastle (Epstein)
    • 22' Atromitos clear the Newcastle corner, but this game is starting to come to life.
    • 21' Almost a howler by Atromitos goalkeeper Itandje. He tries to claim Tavernier's cross one-handed - but he drops it and Atromitos have to concede a corner.
    • 20' Chance for Atromitos! And it's that man Epstein again. He gets behind the Newcastle defence for the first time but his low shot is tame and Harper gathers.
    • 18' Epstein is proving a real danger for Atromitos as he races into space on the left and hooks an early cross into the box - but Perch is there to nod away from danger.
    • 17' Will Cisse be the difference tonight? Tweet me
    • 16' Newcastle's first chance! A long ball from the left finds Cisse in the box, but he is sandwiched out of it and his volley is sliced wide. Decent effort though.
    • 15' Another chance for Obertan to drive down the right but he gives the ball away again.
    • 13' Atromitos are seeing more of the ball now but are doing litle to concern Newcastle, who look comfortable.
    • 12' Iglesias goes for goal from 30 yards but his effort was always rising and Harper watches it fly over.
    • 11' Obertan makes a strong run down the right but fails to find Cisse with a terrible pass.
    • 10' Following that bright start, Newcastle are just being pinned back a little here. Atromitos have found their footing now.
    • 8' First chance of the game calls to Atromitos as Fugi's side-foot volley from Dimoutsos's cross from the right goes well wide in the end.
    • 6' Infact Atromitos are looking for Epstein wide on the left whenever they get the ball. Epstein is on his bike, and Tavernier will have to be wary of that.
    • 4' First promising Atromitos moment as a long ball towards Epstein just skids off the surface and into Harper's arms.
    • 3' Atromitos are yet to touch the ball as Newcastle continue to dominate. The temperature reached 37 degrees in this part of Greece, so it's not an evening Newcastle want to spend chasing the ball.
    • 2' Newcastle, in their red away kit, stroking the ball around confidently in the early stages.
    • 1' KICK OFF. We are underway in Greece.
    • 17.55 The players are about to emerge from the tunnel for tonight's match. You can tweet me throughout the game and I will try my best to put all of your comments into the live commentary
    • 17.50 Newcastle XI: Harper; Tavernier, Williamson (c), Perch, R Taylor; Gosling, Bigirimana, Anita, Marveaux; Cisse, Obertan. Subs: Krul (GK), Santon, S Taylor, Cabaye, Amalfitano, Gutierrez, Campbell. Atromitos XI: Itanje; Skondras, Fitanidis, Lazaridis, Giannoulis; Dimoutsos, Iglesias, Eduardo Brito; Beljic, Fugi, Epstein. Subs: Radamn (GK), Tavlaridis, Nastos, Karagounis, Garcia, da Silva, Karamanos
    • 17.45 Atromitos are yet to get their domestic campaign under way and will play their first game of the new Greek Super League season on Sunday. They were the surprise package in Greece last season, reaching their second successive Greek Cup final and finishing fourth in the table under former boss Giorgis Donis, with new coach Dusan Bajevic now at the helm.
    • 17.40 France international Hatem Ben Arfa is suspended after being sent off in his final European game for Marseille in March 2010. Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi have all stayed behind as Alan Pardew has one eye on Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge.
    • 17.35 Newcastle are back in Europe for the first time since the 2006/07 season after a storming season under Alan Pardew that saw them finish 5th in the Premier League. The Magpies’ last European adventure ended at the last 16 stage of the UEFA Cup, when they lost on away goals to AZ Alkmaar.
    • 17.30 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Europa League play-off first leg between Atromitos Athens and Newcastle United.
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