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Shola Ameobi: On the mark

Shola Ameobi: On the mark

Shola Ameobi scored a second-half penalty to send Newcastle United through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Ameobi struck the decisive goal on 64 minutes after Moussa Sissoko was brought down by Metalist goalkeeper Oleksandr Goryainov, although Alan Pardew's side had to rely on a late goalkeeping masterclass from Tim Krul as they hung on for a win in Ukraine.

Newcastle were the dominant force in the opening 25 minutes and Sissoko came close to opening the scoring, when he fired a shot straight at the goalkeeper after a dangerous run.

Metalist fought back and striker Jonathan Cristaldo could have put them ahead twice before half time, as he steered a couple of headers wide from close range.

But after the restart a costly defensive mix-up between Goyainov and Papa Gueye resulted in Sissoko being brought down by the goalkeeper and Ameobi made no mistake from 12-yards.

The home side threw everything at Newcastle in the final 20 minutes of the game but failed to find a way past Krul, who pulled off a string of magnificent saves to deny Cristaldo and substitute Willian.

Newcastle will now play either Anji Makhachkala or Hannover for a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Posted: 21/02/13 21:05

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