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  1. Newcastle book Europa League spot with win over Atromitos

    Newcastle book Europa League spot with win over Atromitos

    A first-half strike from Haris Vuckic gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Atromitos in their Europa League play-off second leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Atromitos Athinon
    • 21:52 Thanks for joining us this evening!
    • 90'+4 FULL TIME. Newcastle 1-0 Atromitos (2-1 on aggregate), as Alan Pardew's side successfully book their spot in the first round proper of the Europa League.
    • 90'+3 Newcastle attack and Ba drives the ball across the six-yard area, but Atromitos take it clear...
    • 90'+2 Newcastle in possession...
    • 90'+1 Epstein flashes a shot towards goal but it's rising and just clears the bar... Marveaux is replaced by Amalfitano as Newcastle make a change.
    • 90' A short corner is taken and Marveaux is flagged offside. Into additional time we go, and there'll be three minutes of it...
    • 89' Obertan wins a corner for Newcastle as they look to kill the game off late on.
    • 88' Marveaux hammers the free kick into the wall, terrible effort. The ball eventually comes to Gosling who shoots, but his effort is well over under pressure.
    • 87' Vuckic wins a free kick in a decent position for Newcastle. Atromitos make another substitution, their last, as Brito comes off and Kuqi comes on.
    • 85' Beljic is booked for diving as he goes down inside Newcastle's area under a challenge from Coloccini.
    • 84' Marveaux goes for goal but it's a poor effort... Dimoutsos makes way for Garcia as Atromitos make a late change.
    • 83' Well into the final 10 minutes of the game now and both sides look like they could get a goal here...
    • 81' Atromitos getting forward at every opportunity now, and they're sensing a chance here...
    • 79' CHANCE FOR ATROMITOS! So, so close! The ball breaks to Dimoutsos as Bigirimana blocks a shot from Iglesias, and he fires across the face of goal. The ball flies inches wide of the left post! What a chance to level the score!!
    • 77' Gosling gives the ball away cheaply but escapes unpunished as Karamanos shoots wildly over.
    • 76' Coloccini lunges into a challenge and picks up a yellow card.
    • 75' Change for Atromitos as Chumbinho makes way for Beljic...
    • 74' A Newcastle free kick fails to trouble the Atromitos defence...
    • 71' SAVE BY ITANDJE! Obertan speeds in and unleashes a shot across the face of goal which the Atromitos keeper saves well. Good stop!
    • 70' Marveaux races clear after a mistake from Iglesias concedes possession on halfway, but he takes it too wide and the chance dies.
    • 68' Atromitos piling some pressure on the Newcastle defence, but the home side break down the right and it takes three men to stop Obertan.
    • 67' Obertan just caught offside as he runs onto Simpson's ball down the right. Vuckic then tries a shot from the edge of the area, which is high and wide.
    • 66' Bigirimana sends in a decent free kick which Coloccini meets with a header, but he gets under it and the ball sails over the bar.
    • 65' He's going to try and run it off... That looked like a potentially nasty injury, not sure he'll be able to last long.
    • 64' The only thing Chumbinho succeeds in doing however is injuring himself, landing horribly on his right ankle. Painful.
    • 63' Epstein gets to the byline and stands a good cross up at the far post for Chumbinho...
    • 62' Newcastle back on the ball and trying to put something together...
    • 60' Poor delivery from a Neacastle corner wastes an opportunity to pose the Atromitos defence some questions...
    • 59' And that's it for Perch this evening, as he is replaced by Tavernier.
    • 58' Perch has gone down feeling the back of his neck...
    • 56' Chumbinho wins a free kick out of Perch, which Epstein wastes with a poor delivery...
    • 55' After the wait while said naked man is cleared off the pitch, Bigirimana's delivery from a free kick is poor.
    • 54' Wahey!! Streaker on the pitch!!
    • 53' Good spell from Atromitos as they maintain possession and create a few openings...
    • 52' Chumbinho just offside as he receives the ball in a great position to slot it past Krul...
    • 51' Chumbinho skips a few challenges but goes down on the edge of Newcastle's area. Unsurprisingly the referee gives him nothing...
    • 49' Atromitos enjoying a bit of time on the ball inside the opening five minutes of the second half...
    • 46' Almost an immediate goal for Newcastle from the off as Obertan takes the ball past Itandje, but it just goes too far and he wins a corner.
    • 21:03 KICK OFF. Atromitos get the second half off to a start...
    • 45'+1 HALF TIME. Newcastle lead 1-0 at the break, 2-1 on aggregate. Just seen a replay of that penalty claim incident - it looked like a spot kick to me! Krul a relieved man as the players walk off for the interval. Don't go anywhere, we'll be back for the second half shortly!
    • 45'+1 Newcastle needn't have worried though, as Chumbinho hammers it well over....
    • 45' Obertan concedes a free kick in a dangerous spot and Atromitos will end the half with an opportunity to test Newcastle here...
    • 43' Yellow card for Chumbinho!! Incredible scenes... Epstein shoots and Krul spills the ball... Chumbinho pounces, takes the ball past the keeper and looks set to tuck it away but goes down. It looks like Krul tagged him with his hand, but the ref races over and books the Atromitos man for diving!!
    • 42' Obertan wins a free kick in midfield which Newcastle will hoist into the area...
    • 40' It's like a crossing training exercise for Obertan down the right. He's been stroking them in with great reagularity for most of the half, and Itandje has been kept busy punching them clear...
    • 39' Away from this game a bit of news coming through... Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has completed a loan switch from Liverpool to West Ham for the remainder of the season...
    • 37' Newcastle only gathering pace as the half goes on. Wave upon wave of attack being dealt with by the Atromitos defence, but for how long?
    • 36' Obertan again the source for Newcastle as he looks for Ba with a cross from the right...
    • 34' Krul very alert and quick out as he rushes to clear the ball with Epstein almost in on goal for Atromitos. A warning for Newcastle's defence...
    • 32' Great chance for Vuckic!!! Obertan fantastic down the left again as he skips past his man and cuts the ball back for Vuckic, whose shot is blocked!
    • 31' Newcastle in full control of the game as they keep Itandje busy, this time the keeper having to rush out of his area and clear...
    • 28' Newcastle piling some pressure on Atromitos now... Just seen a replay of the save by Itandje to deny Ba, it was a great one.
    • 27' SAVE BY ITANDJE! Ba shoots from the edge of the area and it takes a deflection, almost wrongfooting the Atromitos keeper but not quite as he adjusts, gets down low and palms the ball away well...
    • 26' Chance for Vuckic as the ball breaks to him in the area, but he takes a tad too long trying to pick his spot and the effort is blocked.
    • 25' SAVE BY KRUL! Newcastle split in half by a neat through ball and the wonderfully named Chumbinho latches onto it and draws a low stop from the home keeper. Sharp play both from the striker and goalkeeper!
    • 24' Obertan puts a high cross in from the right which heads for Ba at the far post. His pressure wins Newcastle a corner from which Williamson shoots just wide.
    • 22' Nice bit of movement from the Newcastle substitute there to free himself up and take the shot on without needing a first touch!
    • 21' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE! Vuckic lashes one in from 25 yards as he comes in off the left and lets rip with a left-footed shot that takes a slight deflection and goes in off the base of the left post!
    • 19' Dimoutsos tries to race onto a loose ball 30 yards out from Newcastle's goal but he gets it all wrong, handballing and giving away a free kick.
    • 18' Free kick hoisted in but Itandje rises and collects as Newcastle continue to try and test this Atromitos back line out.
    • 16' The delivery comes in and Ba races in but he's pulled up by the referee for holding his marker. Didn't look like there was too much in it to me...
    • 15' Obertan wins Newcastle a corner with a penetrating run down the right flank which ends with a blocked cross...
    • 14' Marveaux and Gosling not quite on the same wavelength there as they try and link-up with some neat passing but just mis-time it. Nice idea though...
    • 13' Obertan looks like he's on it tonight, fighting for the ball and looking very lively both on and off it...
    • 11' Taylor hobbles down the sidelines supported by Newcastle's medical staff as Vuckic comes on to replace him.
    • 10' Newcastle play the ball tidily out of defence as they hold onto possession...
    • 9' Looks like that's it for Taylor this evening...
    • 8' SAVE FROM ITANDJE! Marveaux forces a good save from the former Liverpool keeper at close range, as he tips the ball over the bar!
    • 8' That looks like a painful one for Ryan Taylor who lands awkwardly... The Newcastle man clutches his right knee and it looked like a nasty twist.
    • 7' Simpson looks for Ba in the box with a high ball in that the forward chests down but can't get fully under control...
    • 5' First effort of the game as Perch hits a curling shot from outside the area which swings away from goal and clears the left post by not very much...
    • 4' Bigirimana gives the ball away in midfield but Atromitos fail to capitalise.
    • 3' A couple of crosses from the right from Obertan sets Newcastle's stall out early on. They're going to probe Atromitos plenty in these opening stages.
    • 2' Couple of nervy touches from Simpson. Both sides have been on the ball inside the opening two minutes...
    • 20:00 KICK OFF... Newcastle get things underway.
    • 19:58 A minute of applause for former Newcastle United chief executive Freddie Fletcher, who passed away earlier this week, prior to kick off...
    • 19:55 Teams heading out onto the pitch and we're five minutes away from kick off in the North East...
    • 19:50 Atromitos boss Dusan Bajevic sounds like the strong silent type: "This is still alive. We won’t go to Newcastle with our hands up." Why waste words?!
    • 19:45 It's clear how much this game means to Alan Pardew: "Anybody who knows me and who knows my management would tell you that I'm desperate to win something. I think I've got a team that potentially can do that... A cup win would certainly raise our fans' morale and the club's morale and that's something I'm working on as much as a Champions League position."
    • 19:40 Seven changes made by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew to the side that started against Chelsea last Saturday. Krul, Coloccini, Simpson and Ba are the only survivors as Pardew looks to secure a safe passage after drawing the first leg 1-1.
    • 19:35 Teams are in... NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Bigirimana, Perch, Marveaux, Gosling, Ba... Subs: Harper, Cabaye, Cisse, Amalfitano, Vuckic, Tavernier, Campbell /// ATROMITOS: Atromitos: Itandje, Skondras, Fitanidis, Lazaridis, Giannoulis, Iglesias, Brito, Dimoutsos, Chumbinho, Epstein, Karamanos... Subs: Radman, Tavlaridis, Kuqi, Beljic, Nastos, Balas, Garcia
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to LIVE commentary of Newcastle and Atromitos' Europa League play-off second leg clash at St James' Park. Kick off is at 20:00 UK time.
  • Summary

    • 21:52 Thanks for joining us this evening!
    • 79' CHANCE FOR ATROMITOS! So, so close! The ball breaks to Dimoutsos as Bigirimana blocks a shot from Iglesias, and he fires across the face of goal. The ball flies inches wide of the left post! What a chance to level the score!!
    • 71' SAVE BY ITANDJE! Obertan speeds in and unleashes a shot across the face of goal which the Atromitos keeper saves well. Good stop!
    • 46' Almost an immediate goal for Newcastle from the off as Obertan takes the ball past Itandje, but it just goes too far and he wins a corner.
    • 32' Great chance for Vuckic!!! Obertan fantastic down the left again as he skips past his man and cuts the ball back for Vuckic, whose shot is blocked!
    • 27' SAVE BY ITANDJE! Ba shoots from the edge of the area and it takes a deflection, almost wrongfooting the Atromitos keeper but not quite as he adjusts, gets down low and palms the ball away well...
    • 25' SAVE BY KRUL! Newcastle split in half by a neat through ball and the wonderfully named Chumbinho latches onto it and draws a low stop from the home keeper. Sharp play both from the striker and goalkeeper!
    • 21' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE! Vuckic lashes one in from 25 yards as he comes in off the left and lets rip with a left-footed shot that takes a slight deflection and goes in off the base of the left post!
    • 8' SAVE FROM ITANDJE! Marveaux forces a good save from the former Liverpool keeper at close range, as he tips the ball over the bar!
    • 5' First effort of the game as Perch hits a curling shot from outside the area which swings away from goal and clears the left post by not very much...

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