Cisse stuns Anzhi to win it

Papiss Cisse headed Newcastle into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a stoppage-time winner against 10-man Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 08:38 Post Comment

Papiss Cisse celebrated his stoppage-time winner with Steven Taylor

Papiss Cisse celebrated his stoppage-time winner with Steven Taylor

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The Senegal striker scored with the last touch of the game to give Newcastle a 1-0 win on aggregate and on the night at St James' Park.

The Magpies had been playing against 10 men since early in the second half when Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off but the winner looked as though it wasn't going to come.

The Russian side had been the better team in the first half and had the first chance when Samuel Eto'o dragged a low shot wide of the far post.

Alan Pardew's men were sloppy at times, with Cheick Tiote and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa both giving the ball away on the edge of their own area to allow Guus Hiddink's side further chances before the break.

But the home side came out with more purpose after the interval as Moussa Sissoko missed two headed opportunities within minutes.

And the game really swung in their favour when Carcela-Gonzalez received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for a needless foul on Massadio Haidara.

Newcastle, who lost Yohan Cabaye to injury early on, dominated possession from that point but their attempts to break down a resilient Anzhi side looked clumsy at times and the visitors retained their threat on the counter-attack.

Mbark Boussoufa even went close to scoring the away goal that would have ended Newcastle's hopes with just minutes left when his free-kick hit the underside of the bar with Rob Elliot beaten.

But just when the game looked to be heading for extra time after three goalless hours of football over both legs, Sylvain Marveaux crossed from the right for Cisse to send St James' Park wild.

Newcastle UnitedTeam StatisticsAnzhi Makhachkala
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target1
7Shots off Target7
5Blocked Shots3
2Corners2
18Fouls14
1Offsides0
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards1
87.5Passing Success74.9
20Tackles21
75Tackles Success90.5
63.1Possession36.9
48.8Territorial Advantage51.2
585Total Passes351
32Total Crosses9
157Lost Balls164
73Recoveries70
57.91st Half Poss.42.1
67.72nd Half Poss.32.3

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