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Bordeaux 2-0 Newcastle

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Diabate: Bagged a brace

Diabate: Bagged a brace

A brace from Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate condemned Newcastle to a 2-0 defeat at Stade Chaban Delmas and a second-placed finish in Group D.

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Bordeaux started the match with real intent and nearly took the lead within the opening two minutes but Henri Saivet was denied by Rob Elliot, who somehow kept the winger's close range strike out of the net.

Elliot was called into action again on 18 minutes when former Manchester United man David Bellion forced a fine save from the Newcastle stopper.

The visitors failed to create any chances of note in the first half and Bordeaux took a deserved lead just before the half hour mark when Diabate rose highest to meet a Fahid Ben Khalfallah cross from the left, giving Elliot no chance as his headed effort went in at the near post.

Newcastle started the second half brightly and Shola Ameobi came close to levelling matters after Gael Bigirimana managed to pick him out in the Bordeaux penalty area, but keeper Kevin Olimpa managed to keep his shot out with his feet.

Moments later Mehdi Abeid fired wide from range as Newcastle tried to get back into the game.

Bordeaux came close to a second on the hour mark when Gregory Sertic's effort from 30 yards clipped the outside of the post with Elliot beaten. Sertic's strike seemed to rejuvenate Bordeaux and they began to dominate proceedings once again.

On 73 minutes Diabate, who was impressive throughout the match, out-muscled James Perch as he raced on to a long ball and placed the ball through Elliot's legs for his second goal of the evening.

Newcastle needed to win the game to top the group and could have been forgiven for sitting back despite the 2-0 score line but to their credit they continued to push, with Nile Ranger managing to create space with a fine turn on 83 minutes only to fire his effort high and wide of the goal.

Newcastle had already secured a spot in the knock-out stages prior to their trip to France but Alan Pardew's side had to settle for second place in Group D, with Bordeaux qualifying as group winners.

Posted: 06/12/12 20:13

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