Ameobi spot on for Newcastle

Shola Ameobi was spot on as he helped Newcastle reach the last 16 of the Europa League with a solid 1-0 aggregate victory against Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine.

Last Updated: 22/02/13 at 09:30 Post Comment

Shola Ameobi: The Newcastle striker celebrates his winning goal

Shola Ameobi: The Newcastle striker celebrates his winning goal

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The only goal of the tie came after 64 minutes when Papa Gueye's woeful back-pass was seized upon by Moussa Sissoko before he was brought crashing to the ground by Aleksandr Goryainov.

That allowed Ameobi to slot home his 15th European goal - only Alan Shearer has scored more for the club, as the Metalist goalkeeper dived the wrong way.

Magpies' Tim Krul then produced a string of spectacular saves to deny the hosts a way back into the tie as Alan Pardew's men advanced to the next stage of the competiton and a clash against Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start as the physicality of Ameobi and Sissoko, as well as the control exerted by Yohan Cabaye and Vurnon Anita in the middle of the field, caused all kinds of problems for the home side.

Ameobi saw a second-minute cross taken off Papiss Cisse's toe as he prepared to shoot after the former had left defender Marco Torsiglieri for dead wide on the left, and Sissoko might have opened the scoring with quarter of an hour played.

He controlled Cabaye's long ball out of defence superbly before cutting inside Torsiglieri, but his weak left-foot shot was easily fielded by Goryainov.

Newcastle could have gone in ahead at the break after Ameobi turned Sissoko's pass into the path of Cisse. The Senegal international had a clear run on goal, but just as he did on several occasions on Tyneside, 37-year-old Goryainov proved equal to the task to keep him at bay.

The Magpies made the breakthrough with 26 minutes remaining when Sissoko's industry was finally rewarded. The midfielder chased down a poor back-pass by defender Papa Gueye and in his efforts to rescue the situation, Goryainov tripped the Newcastle man.

Belgian referee Serge Gumienny pointed straight to the spot and after Sissoko had received treatment, Ameobi kept his nerve to send the goalkeeper the wrong way. His strike was greeted by a deafening silence as the 500 travelling fans celebrated knowing their side had one foot in the last 16.

But if they needed a reminder that there was work still to be done, Krul had to come from his line to deny Willian with 20 minutes remaining as Myron Markevich's men launched a late assault.

The Dutchman excelled once again seven minutes later to prevent Cristaldo from levelling twice within seconds as Pardew's men held firm to secure the victory.


Metalist KharkivTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
0Goals1
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target3
8Shots off Target3
4Blocked Shots1
4Corners3
20Fouls24
3Offsides4
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
75.9Passing Success78.1
18Tackles15
61.1Tackles Success80
55.9Possession44.1
62.5Territorial Advantage37.5
427Total Passes333
24Total Crosses15
183Lost Balls168
50Recoveries49
45.91st Half Poss.54.1
65.82nd Half Poss.34.2

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Thursday, 18 September 2014
20:05
Young Boys 5-0 Slovan  
Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg Report
S Bucuresti 6-0 Aalborg  
Fiorentina 3-0 Guingamp  
Leg Warsaw 1-0 Lokeren  
Lille 1-1 Krasnodar  
Metalist 1-2 Trabzonspor  
Napoli 3-1 Sp Prague  
PAOK S'nika 6-1 Dinamo Minsk  
Rio Ave 0-3 Dynamo Kiev  

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Adrian Mutu and Mikael Silvestre to play in India

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus forward Adrian Mutu to sign for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property