Thursday October 25, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished St James' Park

Newcastle United 1 - 0 Club Brugge

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  1. Europa League - Obertan puts Newcastle in firm control

    Europa League - Obertan puts Newcastle in firm control

    Gabriel Obertan fired his side into pole position in Europa League Group D with the only goal as Newcastle beat Club Brugge 1-0 at St James' Park. More

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    • Newcastle United
    • Club Brugge
    • 90' Full-time at St James'. Pardew's side hold on for the win.
    • 90' Taylor pulls of a fantastic last-minute block as Tričkovski's curling shot looked to be going into the top corner.
    • 87' Obertan's footwork wins his side a corner with the clock ticking down.
    • 84' Van Acker on for Blondel
    • 83' Bigirimana sees yellow for his second poor challenge in as many minutes.
    • 82' Obertan just loses out in a foot race to Hogli. The defender did however have a 10 yard head start.
    • 81' Bigirimana with a needless foul to the left of the Newcastle box. Tričkovski's cross cleared.
    • 80' Cabaye on for Ferguson - solid game for the young player. Cabaye's ability in possession will no doubt help Newcastle control the latter stages of this game.
    • 79' Obertan is immediately met by two Brugge defenders whenever in possession but works a nice pass away to Santon on the left-wing. His cross is headed clear.
    • 77' Cisse picks the pocket of a Brugge player and Tiote hits a beautiful 40 yard crossfield pass to start a break, but an off-the-ball foul by Cisse kills the momentum and gives the ball back to Brugge.
    • 76' Ameobi is just unable to reach a through ball wide out on the right wing - as the game goes through a scrappy period.
    • 75' Obertan picks up the ball inside his own half and, driving forward, is pulled back by Odjidja.
    • 71' Collocini on for Sa. Ameobi - the youngster has played well, but had a quiet second-half. His last act was leading a Newcastle break-out before giving up possession in a good attacking position.
    • 69' Tričkovski gets on the end of an Adjidja through ball on the right edge of the box, but his cross is cleared well by Perch, with Bacca looming.
    • 68' SH. Ameobi works himself some space before dragging his long-range shot wide of the right-hand post.
    • 68' The attempts on target have however crept up to Newc 4 Brugge 3.
    • 67' Ferguson, after a long delay, curls one a long way over.
    • 66' Obertan breaks again down the right - evading three defenders before Sa. Ameobi is fouled 20 yrds out.
    • 65' Tričkovski again makes good inroads into the Newcastle half - he has impressed since coming on.
    • 64' Brugge are outnumbering the home side in midfield without Anita - and create another shooting chance for Bacca, Tričkovski playing in the Colombian whose 20-yard shot doesn't trouble Harper.
    • 62' Brugge's best chance of the night.
    • 62' The Brugge keeper flaps it away but Brugge break well, switching the ball to the left wing to Lestienne. The winger turns inside a sliding Bigirimana and finds an unmarked Bacca, whose heads the ball into the deck and over.
    • 62' Tiote wins a corner for Newcastle with erguson poised to take it.
    • 61' Lestienne finds some space down the left and puts in a teasing low cross that runs through the six-yard box and into Harper's hands.
    • 59' Tiote booked for a mistimed challenge in his 60th game for the club.
    • 58' Bacca follows suit - trying his luck from 20 yrds. No Problem for Harper.
    • 58' The substitute gets his shot off but the Brugge counter-attack lacks the venom it showed in the first-half.
    • 57' Tiote - playingwell as the pivot man in the Newcastle midfield - aims for Cisse with a diagonal, but the ball is interceped.
    • 56' Adjidja blasts into the stands from long-range as Brugge begin to show early signs of desperation.
    • 55' Refaelov off Trickovski on in the Brugge midfield.
    • 54' Sh. Ameobi looks to run off a flicked header from his brother - the new-look Magies front-line has looked threatening since Pardew made the change.
    • 52' Refaelov creates a good shooting chance for himself, beating Pech inside the box and holding off the defender long enough to get his shot off. Harper has to get down sharply at his near post to force a corner.
    • 50' Obertan finds Sh. Ameobi down the line, in a similar area to where he scored from minutes earlier, but the form striker scuffs his shot.
    • 47' Well taken goal by Obertan - only his second for the club - showing his pace to find space on the right and coming up with a great finish that could mean a lot to the future of this group.
    • 47' Obertan scores on the break for Newcastle finishing the ball low, across the body of the Brugge keeper.
    • 47' First half stats reflect Newcastle's dominance - 3 shots to Brugge's 1 on target.
    • 46' Ameobi jr earns an early corner with some nice footwork, but Brugge deal with the delivery.
    • 45' Shola Ameobi on for Anita. Striker for midfielder as Pardew looks for more going forward from his side.
    • 45' Still 1-1 in the other Europa League Group B clash. As it stands Newcastle top the group and Brugge remain behind Bordeaux on goal difference.
    • 45' With the game finely poised at half-time, who will be next to score? Tweet me on @AKnight_esq
    • 45' Youngsters Ameobi and Ferguson have both shown flashes of their unquestionable ability, while Lestienne has looked equally sharp at the other end.
    • 45' The half-time whistle blows and it's all square at St James'. The game's best two chances have fallen to Cisse, but Pardew will undoubtedly want his side to show more patience in the final third after the break.
    • 45' Cisse draws a great save from Jorgačević with a powerful drive from 15 yards that looked to be heading for the top corner. The Newcastle striker found some space after Brugge failed to clear an Obertan cross.
    • 43' Lestienne runs past Taylor before pulling his shot across the face of the Newcastle goal. The youngster looks to be the bright spot for the away side.
    • 42' Tiote picks out Cisse - who peels of his man at the back post, cuts inside but is unable to keep his shot down as he leans back - blasting over from 12 yards.
    • 40' Newcastle turnover the ball and Lestienne strides out on the break, although the young Belgian star is caught in two minds and loses possession on the edge of the Newcastle box.
    • 39' Ferguson takes the corner, picking out Cisse as he peels off his man and back to the penalty spot but he is unable to direct his header on target.
    • 39 Hoefkens deflects a Tiote cross for a corner.
    • 38' Newcastle counter-attack but show a similar lack of precision with their crossing, over-hitting a ball meant for Cisse.
    • 37' Brugge left-back Buysse finds himself in the Newcastle final third but opts for an early ball that goes over the head of everyone.
    • 36' It's 1-1 in Madiera, Mauritino net an equalise with ten to play before halftime.
    • 35' Refaelov's corner is taken easily by Harper.
    • 33' A sloppy Tiote back-pass plays in Lestienne but a quality block by captain Taylor limits the danger to a Brugge corner.
    • 32' With half an hour gone, Pardew will be the happier manager - but Brugge look a constant threat on the counter-attack.
    • 31' Going the other way, Ameobi is a one-man break - showing his pace before cutting in onto his left foot and firing low and just wide of teh near post. He had Jorgačević worried.
    • 30' Refaelov picks out Bacca with a nice through ball but he is well marshalled by Steven Taylor.
    • 28' The Ivorian comes up with a physical but well-executed challege to block Odjida's cross but Brugge have a corner.
    • 27' Tiote looks for Cisse with an early cross - a tactic that has paid off of the Magpies this half - but the ball is intercepted.
    • 26' The away side give Newcastle a stern reminder of the threat they pose on the break - Obertan gets caught in possesion before Refaelov looks to play Bacca in from the right wing, but the Colombian is flagged offside.
    • 25' Ferguson whips the free-kick in from the right wing but agian the Newcastle set piece fails to trouble Brugge.
    • 24' Ameobi with a perfect nutmeg on Tom Hogli before the defender wrestles him to the ground.
    • 23' Ameobi and Obertan linking up well down the right wing before an early ball in nearly finds Cisse creeping in at the back post.
    • 21' Bacca down with a knee injury. The Brugge dangerman in genuine pain after a clash with a Newcastle defender.
    • 19' The Irishman opts to cross the ball, but after Brugge fail to clear their lines Dutch defender Vurnon Anita fires one from range, well left of the target.
    • 19' Blodel fouls Ameobi in a dangerous position - Ferguson favourite to take the 30-yard free kick
    • 18' A mix-up at the back gifts Brugge a corner, but Refaelov's ball in is picked out of the air by Harper.
    • 17' Ameobi drops off and tries his hand from range. His drive finds only the Brugge keeper.
    • 16' Ferguson delivers the corner - unfortunately without the precision of his earlier cross. Brugge clear.
    • 15' Obertan looks to have the beating of his full-back - going past his man and winning a corner.
    • 13' Cisse with a golden chance to take the lead - Ferguson picks out his centre forward with a perfect ball from the left wing but Cisse is unable to beat Bojan Jorgačević from close range.
    • 11' Norther Ireland's Shane Ferguson, 21, looks to find Ameobi with a through ball - but it runs through safely to the Brugge keeper.
    • 9' Papiss Cisse goes down in the box as he waits for a beautiful curling Ameobi cross. Bart Buysse was the defender challenging for the ball, but the referee waves play on.
    • 7' Gabriel Obertan skips past his full-back, but is unable to pick out a Newcastle shirt in the middle.
    • 6' Newcastle legend - and ex-Belgian international - Phillipe Albert watches on as the home side began to grow into the game
    • 5' Bacca finds space in front of the Newcastle backline, pivots and finds Lior Refaelov inside the box. He lays the ball back to Vadis Odjidja who fires well over.
    • 4' Ameobi looks to run in behind, wide on the left, but the ball is watched out by the Brugge captain.
    • 3' Brugge break with pace down the left through Lestienne who shows good speed before letting fly with a long range drive. Harper saves comfortably.
    • 2' A through ball runs through to Harper for his first touch - a cagey opening by both sides.
    • 0' Newcastle kicks off in their bright yellow away strip.
    • 21:05 Pardew's much-changed side - there are eight changes to the starting line-up that faced Sunderland on the weekend - are given their opportunity to impress with the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba waiting to come off the bench, if needed.
    • 20:00 With nine goals in eight league games Colombian front-man Carlos Bacca will keep the Newcastle back-line on their toes. Bacca's start in the Belgian league has already attracted the attention of Europe's big clubs.
    • 19:55 Elsewhere in Group D, Bordeaux are favoured to beat Madeira's Maritimo and keep the pressure on leader's Newcastle.
    • 19:50 Fortress St James? Newcastle's astonishing unbeaten home run in this competition stretches 23 games. The last side to overturn them was Monaco in the 1996/97 quarter finals.
    • 19:45 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be aware of tonight's captain Carl Hoefkens and midfielder Jonathan Blondel from their time at Stoke FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC respectively.
    • 19:45 Thoughts on tonight's game? Tweet me on @AKnight_Esq
    • 19:40 The bookies are expecting goals at St James' Park - offering 4/5 for fans to see at least three of them.
    • 19:35 Brugge suffered their first league loss on the weekend, losing 4-1 at OH Leuven. Head coach Georges Leekens will hope his players - who had gone 15 games unbeaten in the Belgian league - come up with a response tonight.
    • 19:30 Cheik Tiote will start for the home side as Alan Pardew looks to get the most out of his midfielder general ahead of a three-match ban in the Premiership - after the Ivorian saw red in the weekend's derby.
    • 19:25 Sammy Ameobi, 20, gets the nod over his older brother Shola, 31, who starts on the bench. And his big brother backs him to make an impact, "I want to see him surpass anything I've ever done in the game. He has the ability, without a shadow of a doubt."
    • 19:20 In contrast, the current Belgian First League leaders have never won on English soil - drawing twice and losing eight times.
    • 19:15 Newcastle's record against Belgian side is impressive - six wins from six, whilst scoring an average of three goals per game.
    • 19:10 NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harper, Santon, Anita, Perch, Taylor, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Tiote, Obertan, Sa. Ameobi, Cisse.... Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Ba, Sh. Ameobi, Campbell. /// CLUB BRUGGE: Jorgacevic, Hogli, Hoefkens, Buysse, Jordi, Refaelov, Jorgensen, Blondel, Objidja, Lestienne, Bacca... Subs: Kujovic, Vansteenkiste, Engels, Vazquez, Van Acker, Vleminckx, Trickovski.
    • 19:05 A win today would see Alan Pardew's side with one foot in the door of the UEFA Europa League knockout stages, three points for the Belgian side and they would leapfrog the Magpies in Group D.
    • 19:05 Evening everyone - welcome to our LIVE coverage of Newcastle United's clash with Club Brugge KV at St James' Park.
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