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Asprilla's perfect haul does trick for Newcastle

Published: Wednesday 17 September 1997, 23.00CET
Newcastle United FC 3-2 FC Barcelona
"When you see how easy the three goals were for Faustino Asprilla you can only admire him," said Philippe Albert after this astonishing victory.

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Published: Wednesday 17 September 1997, 23.00CET

Asprilla's perfect haul does trick for Newcastle

Newcastle United FC 3-2 FC Barcelona
"When you see how easy the three goals were for Faustino Asprilla you can only admire him," said Philippe Albert after this astonishing victory.

Newcastle United FC announced their arrival on European club football's biggest stage in dramatic fashion with a rousing 3-2 victory against FC Barcelona crowned by a Faustino Asprilla hat-trick.

Urged on by an animated St James's Park, alive to its first ever UEFA Champions League tie, Asprilla rattled off three goals inside the opening 47 minutes for a rampant Newcastle. It left Barcelona, boasting a star-studded lineup including Rivaldo, Luis Enrique and Luís Figo, in a state of shock but the Spanish titleholders threatened a late recovery in a grandstand finish.

For a long time it was all about Asprilla. The Colombia striker began as he meant to go on, drawing an early free-kick from Michael Reiziger with his dazzling footwork, and then exchanging passes with John Barnes, who put Jon Dahl Tomasson through for a chance that went wide.

Tomasson soon returned the compliment, playing Asprilla in on goal midway through the first half with a slide-rule pass the forward reached before goalkeeper Ruud Hesp. The forward tumbled under the challenge and Pierluigi Collina pointed to the spot; the 27-year-old converted the penalty himself.

Not content with preserving their advantage, Kenny Dalglish's side continued to press and doubled their lead just past the half-hour mark with a goal of beautiful simplicity. Keith Gillespie hared down the right and curled a perfect cross for Asprilla to attack at the near post with a thumping header.

Four minutes into the second half the hosts were three up, Gillespie again leaving Sergi in his wake before dispatching another centre for Asprilla to head in for his hat-trick – and customary cartwheel. The visitors could contain neither Gillespie nor Asprilla and the pair combined again soon after; Hesp denied the South American a fourth.

Gradually, though the Azulgrana stirred to life, Miguel Ángel Vidal forcing Shay Given to tip over, before a neat move involving Rivaldo and Figo was turned in at close range by Luis Enrique on 73 minutes. The Newcastle goalkeeper thwarted Rivaldo after a sumptuous turn and shot by the Brazilian, who then curled a free-kick against the bar.

With a minute to go Given fumbled a corner which Warren Barton could only clear as far as Figo, who fired it back through a crowded penalty area to make for a tense finale. But the rally was too little, too late – this was Newcastle and Asprilla's night. He never scored for the side again.

Last updated: 24/06/14 16.52CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

barcelona

Barcelona

1
GivenShay Given
13
HespRuud Hesp (GK)
2
BartonWarren Barton
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo (C)
Goal89
3
BeresfordJohn Beresford
9
AndersonSonny Anderson
Substitution56
4
BattyDavid Batty
Yellow Card7
11
RivaldoRivaldo
7
LeeRob Lee (C)
12
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
10
BarnesJohn Barnes
Substitution81
14
AmunikeEmmanuel Amunike
Substitution46
11
AsprillaFaustino Asprilla
Goal22
Goal31
Goal49
17
CeladesAlbert Celades
16
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Substitution78
20
NadalMiguel Nadal
18
GillespieKeith Gillespie
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique
Goal73
19
WatsonStephen Watson
22
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
25
AlbertPhilippe Albert
23
De la PeñaIván de la Peña
Yellow Card30

Substitutes

21
SrníčekPavel Srníček
25
BusquetsCarlos Busquets
5
PeacockDarren Peacock
Substitution78
3
AbelardoAbelardo
6
HoweySteve Howey
15
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
Substitution56
8
RushIan Rush
16
CiricDragan Ciric
Substitution46
14
KetsbaiaTemur Ketsbaia
Substitution81
18
AmorGuillermo Amor
24
PinasBrian Pinas
19
PizziJuan Antonio Pizzi
28
HughesAaron Hughes
24
Roger GarcíaRoger García

Coach

Kenny Dalglish (SCO) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gennaro Mazzei (ITA), Giovanni Stevanato (ITA)

Fourth official

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

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