Thursday February 14, 2013 Last 32 Finished St James' Park

Newcastle United 0 - 0 Metalist Kharkiv

  1. Europa League - Newcastle rue disallowed goals in Metalist draw

    Europa League - Newcastle rue disallowed goals in Metalist draw

    Papiss Cisse had two goals chalked off as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League at St James' Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Newcastle United
    • Metalist Kharkiv
    • - FULL TIME: Newcastle cannot find the winner. They went close - twice they had disallowed goals - but they will go to Ukraine next week with the tie still goalless.
    • 90+3' CISSE DENIED! What a chance from inside the six-yard box, but Goryainov parries it and that's another chance gone begging for Newcastle.
    • 90+2' Cheers as Sosa runs the ball out of play, but Newcastle don't use it to get an attack of their own going.
    • 90+1' Stinking challenge from Torres on Sissoko. A lot of players have picked up bookings tonight. Cabaye has a free kick from deep.
    • 90' Three additional minutes to play.
    • 89' Time running out for either side to score in this one. 0-0 would leave it balanced going into the return in a week's time.
    • 88' That dive had to be seen to be believed - no surprise the caution was awarded.
    • 87' Willian with a set piece. When the ball comes back in he takes a tumble beside Gutierrez, and the referee correctly spots an extraordinary dive.
    • 86' Newcastle have to scamper back quickly as Metalist break - Gutierrez hugely cynical as he brings down Jaja, and that earns a yellow. Extreme shirt-pulling.
    • 85' Crowd cheers as Sissoko win a free kick. Only on halfway, but still the Magpies throw the bodies forward.
    • 84' Villagra cuts off a Gutierrez run, but at the expense of a corner. Ameobi goes down in a challenge with Gueye, but there's no chance of a spot kick there.
    • 83' Ameobi dances through the defence and to the byline on the left, but cannot back up that skill with a cross.
    • 82' METALIST CHANGE: Jaja on for Cristaldo.
    • 81' Sissoko brings down Torsiglieri and steps on the defender's feet in the aftermath - he is running away from the referee as he is booked.
    • 80' Sissoko lets fly with a shot from distance - stings the palms of Goryainov but once again he's up to the task.
    • 79' NEWCASTLE CHANGE: Shola Ameobi on for Tiote.
    • 78' Looks like another Newcastle change being made and the hosts are going for broke...
    • 77' Newcastle clear but they have to be wary as they push for a winner here - an away goal now would be very damaging to their hopes.
    • 76' Yanga-Mbiwa opts to head out for a corner under pressure - it's over to Wilian for the set piece.
    • 75' Marveaux leads Newcastle forward in another attack, but Cisse's touch just lets him down. Not quite happening for him tonight.
    • 74' CISSE SCORES! NO! OFFSIDE AGAIN! That's the second time tonight and again it looked level. Yanga-Mbiwa whips in a sweet cross and Cisse helps it home from close range - but it won't stand.
    • 73' METALIST CHANGE: Willian replaces Marcos.
    • 72' Santon wins a corner now for the home side and suddenly Newcastle are enjoying one of their best spells in the match.
    • 71' Marveaux steals in on a loose pass and very nearly leaves himself one-on-one. Goryainov closed down the angle in the nick of time.
    • 70' CISSE CHANCE! Missed opportunity - his first-time hit was on target but gave Goryainov a chance of saving it and he managed it. Sissoko was offside when the rebound came his way.
    • 69' Metalist have not been playing in their domestic league, it should be noted - it's the off season in Ukraine.
    • 68' Newcastle don't have an FA Cup game at the weekend so they can go for broke in this one, but it's not quite come together for the so far.
    • 67' Taylor switches the ball to Coloccini, whose long ball cedes possession immediately. That was a bit thoughtless.
    • 66' Fininho with a throw on the left, while the visiting fans chant with their shirts off. They're giving the Geordies a run for their money on the 'let's pretend it's not cold' front.
    • 65' Torres hurts himself as he tries to stick the boot into Sissoko. Clumsy work from the Metalist man.
    • 64' Marlos has been very impressive - again jinking through the middle and when the space is closed he has the presence of mind to spread the ball left to the wing.
    • 63' Yanga-Mbiwa and Sissoko play their way forward for the Magpies once again.
    • 62' NEWCASTLE CHANGE: Marveaux on for Obertan.
    • 61' Gutierrez with a speculative shot and the Argentine misses the target.
    • 60' Goryainov lines up a goal kick as we reach the hour mark in this match. Would Metalist be happy with a goalless draw? They've threatened to score an away goal in this match already.
    • 59' Santon runs out of space on the left and works the ball back towards Cabaye.
    • 58' A moment of respite in this match as the Newcastle back four stroke the ball around amongst one another.
    • 57' Newcastle do have options on th ebench - neither side has resorted to their subs yet.
    • 56' Edmar in the wars in this half, and now this time he's penalised, having fouled Taylor.
    • 55' Torres with a shot for Metalist - but off target on this occasion. Newcastle on the back foot for now.
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    • 53' That looks worse on replay - Tiote can consider himself lucky not to see red for that one - he was on a yellow.
    • 52' Edmar hurt as he breaks for Newcastle - uncompromising challenge from Tiote.
    • 51' At the other end Yanga-Mbiwa tries a shot from distance - over the top and harmless, but the play end-to-end, just as it was in the first half.
    • 50' SOSA CLOSE! Marlos plays him in, the shot just over the bar. Probably should have done better with that chance.
    • 49' CLOSE! Good delivery and Fininho very nearly knocked it in - just wide of the far stick.
    • 48' Corner for the visitors and a chance to test out the Newcastle defence. Sosa, captain tonight, shapes to take it.
    • 47' Torsiglieri heaves the ball upfield without any direction or real purpose. Krul will have a goal kick.
    • 46' Second half begins in Newcastle!
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    • 45+1' HALF TIME: The half fizzles out somewhat after a lively first 45 minutes. Newcastle had the ball in the net and it was wrongly disallowed. Metalist have been lively on the break. All to play for in the second half.
    • 45' Just one added minute of stoppages to play.
    • 44' Space suddenly opens up for Gutierrez, but a heavy touch means the Metalist goalkeeper can rush forward and clear.
    • 43' Sissoko penalised for a foul on Edmar now. Half-time looming.
    • 42' Sissoko almost creeps through down the right, but Goryainov cuts him off. Newcastle's attacking threat has been good, but they've looked vulnerable as well.
    • 41' Marlos and Sosa combine on the right - but Sosa's final cross is not a good one. Might he have just gone for goal from a narrow angle instead?
    • 40' Obertan wins a corner when his cross from the right is blocked, and Cabaye comes across once more to deliver it.
    • 39' Certainly still wide open in Newcastle. The hosts will be eager not to leave themselves too much to do in the second leg next week.
    • 38' CISSE CLOSE! The ball bounces pinball-style around the area, until Obertan deflects it Cisse's way, and somehow it doesn't end up in the back of the net.
    • 37' Krul forced into another save, this time from Cleiton Xavier. He and Marlos have been livewires.
    • 36' No side scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Europa League group stage matches than Metalist Kharkiv (5). (Opta)
    • 35' Marlos leaves Santon for dead and fires a shot at the near post - enterprising play, but the shot destined to hit the side netting.
    • 34' Gutierrez feeds Cabaye whose cross to the far post is plucked out of the air before it can interest Cisse.
    • 33' Sosa hoofs the free kick towards the penalty area, but it's easily dealt with.
    • 32' Cabaye into the book - flooring Cristaldo with an elbow as the pair go for the ball in the air. Not clever.
    • 31' CISSE DENIED! Free on goal after Cabaye's pass, and Cisse's finish was powerfully struck but straight at Goryainov. He might well have done better.
    • 31' Papa Gueye concedes a corner as the play heads back into Metalist's half. Cabaye delivers the cross, but it's dealt with at the far post.
    • 30' The corner almost backheeled in at the near post by Edmar - again Krul is alert. Newcastle clear the danger eventually.
    • 29' CHANCE! CLEITON XAVIER CLOSE WITH A HEADER! Krul makes a super save, tipping it around the corner at the expense of a corner.
    • 28' Tiote floors Marlos here and that's agricultural to say the least. Into the book for the Ivorian.
    • 27' Torres adjuted to have impeded Tiote and gives away a free kick. Metalist a threat on the counter, but they're on the back foot.
    • 26' Lovely ball from Yanga-Mbiwa to Sissoko - weighted, first-time and pinpoint. He's looked impressive so far.
    • 25' Obertan caught offside this time for the Magpies. That was close as well.
    • 24' Tough break for Newcastle, but once again they've got in behind Metalist. You suspect it won't be the last time.
    • 23' NEWCASTLE SCORE! NO! DISALLOWED! Sissoko breaks down the left, plays the ball to Cisse, who pokes home at the far post - but the flag has gone up late, and it looks like an error from the assistant referee as well.
    • 22' Gael Bigirimana was the only Newcastle player to feature in all six group games for the club.(Opta)
    • 21' CHANCE GOES BEGGING FOR METALIST! Marlos superb, cutting the defence apart with a through ball but Sosa has his shot blocked by a team-mate as both go for the ball. Had it been one-on-one, you'd have backed him to score.
    • 20' Cabaye and Cristaldo called together so referee Tom Harald Hagen can have a word with them. They've been getting stuck in in these early exchanges.
    • 19' Obertan now pops up on the right, found in acres of space. This time the delivery really lets him down, but the spaces are there to be exploited.
    • 18' OBERTAN CLOSE! Sissoko played him in, Obertan drifted across two opponents before trying a shot from 20 yards. Not struck with full power but it only just snuck beyond the far post.
    • 17' Torsiglieri forced to give a throw under pressure from Gutierrez. But moments later Cabaye brings down Torres to surrender the initiative.
    • 16' Cabaye heads the ball out of play as he tries to keep the move alive. Very even in these first stages of the match, with Metalist holding their own.
    • 15' Gutierrez the latest to make a burst forward, and wins his side a corner. The Newcastle fans up the volume in anticipation.
    • 14' Oleksandr Goryainov made 31 saves in the group stages; more than any other goalkeeper that reached the knock-out stages. (Opta)
    • 13' Sissoko caught offside just as for a minute it looks as if he has broken free.
    • 12' Villagra repeats the trick down the same flank for Metalist. A pacy run, a decent cross and it's up to Krul to cut it off.
    • 11' Santon makes a good run down the left and his cross is a teasing one, but Goryainov gets there first.
    • 10' Better corner from Sosa - eventually Coloccini clears after blocking Edmar's shot, and Newcastle escape upfield.
    • 9' Nicely done from Metalist - Cleiton Xavier drifts down the right and after some slick passing and movement his side win a corner.
    • 8' Cleared out from the near post. Tiote is waiting deep for it, but cannot keep Newcastle's attack alive.
    • 7' Obertan does well, ripping down the left side and dropping a pass into Cabaye's range. He gets there in time, and wins his side a corner, which he will take himself.
    • 6' Weak pass falls straight to Gutierrez, who looks to release Sissoko. Again, Newcastle's passing not quite coming off yet.
    • 5' Sissoko tries to play in Obertan, but the ball slips behind him. Metalist have a throw which Villagra takes.
    • 4' Krul spreads the play with a throw out left to Santon.
    • 3' Coloccini tries to spray a long ball across to the far side for Sissoko, but that was a little ambitious from the captain.
    • 2' Goal kick upfield for Goryainov - Newcastle looking to get on the front foot early with a strong line-up.
    • 1' Away we go! Metalist, playing in yellow, kick us off in Newcastle.
    • 20:00 The players are out in the middle. The forgettable Europa League theme music has been played. It's soon time for play to begin.
    • 19:55 I'm Mark Patterson, and I'll be bringing you live text commentary from this game. If you have an opinion on it, or Newcastle in general - you can tweet me @Mark_Eurosport. Follow!
    • 19:50 Alan Pardew: "When we finished fifth [in the Premier League] and I looked at the team, we haven't really had that team to put out at any stage of this competition. Now I am back to a team that's very similar in terms of strength and quality - Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko. But we are obviously going up a level in terms of opposition. No disrespect to Bordeaux, who won our group, but Metalist are a little bit stronger than them and this is a huge test for us."
    • 19:50 Myron Markevych: "We have a 50 per cent chance of winning and Newcastle have a 50 per cent chance. For us, it is very important to play a good game and if we do that, everything will be okay. But if we play badly, Newcastle will win. There should be no doubt here - this is an English team. The French players will help, but this is an English team and it will be a great pleasure for us to play against this English team, Newcastle United."
    • 19:45 Kharkiv picked up just five yellow cards in their six group games - they had the best disciplinary record of any side.
    • 19:40 Only Partizan Belgrade (56) and Molde (61) committed fewer fouls in the group stages than Newcastle (63).
    • 19:35 Metalist’s only clash with English opposition came in the 2007/08 Europa League. They were eliminated in the first round by Everton (4-3 on aggregate). Kharkiv have won five and lost two of their last nine away matches in Europe.
    • 19:30 Newcastle have won 18 and lost none of their last 23 home games in the Europa League.
    • 19:26 Metalist are in their pre-season so have spent the past week enjoying the countryside of England's North East. They took a 23-man squad to Durham, where they are staying at Redworth Hall. A 1-1 draw with local side Whitley Bay saw no major problems.
    • 19:23 Defender Mapou Yanga-MBiwa makes his first start for Newcastle after signing from Montpellier. Striker Yoan Gouffran misses with the leg injury he suffered at Tottenham. Hatem Ben Arfa (knee) continues to work his way back to full fitness while fellow midfielder Sammy Ameobi is also out, with a hamstring problem.
    • 19:22 Newcastle: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Tiote, Cabaye; Obertan, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Simpson, Anita, Perch, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Haidara. /// Metalist: Goryainov, Villagra, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Edmar, Torres, Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa, Cristaldo. Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Blanco, Jaja, Krasnopyorov, Willian.
    • 19:20 This will be the first meeting between Newcastle United and Metalist Kharkiv. Newcastle’s four previous matches against Ukrainian opposition have all been against Dynamo Kyiv (W2 D1 L1).
    • 19:15 Welcome to coverage of Newcastle's Europa League last 32 first leg at home to Metalist Kharkiv.
  • Summary

    • 74' CISSE SCORES! NO! OFFSIDE AGAIN! That's the second time tonight and again it looked level. Yanga-Mbiwa whips in a sweet cross and Cisse helps it home from close range - but it won't stand.
    • 23' NEWCASTLE SCORE! NO! DISALLOWED! Sissoko breaks down the left, plays the ball to Cisse, who pokes home at the far post - but the flag has gone up late, and it looks like an error from the assistant referee as well.

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