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Happy returns for Sir Bobby

Published: Tuesday 18 February 2003, 22.00CET
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Newcastle United Stand-ins give Sir Bobby Robson a 70th birthday to remember.

Match statistics

LeverkusenNewcastle

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners7
 
4
Offsides5
 
6
Fouls committed13
 
25
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 18 February 2003, 22.00CET

Happy returns for Sir Bobby

Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Newcastle United Stand-ins give Sir Bobby Robson a 70th birthday to remember.

Sir Bobby Robson celebrated his 70th birthday in style as Newcastle United FC defeated Group A rivals Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in the BayArena.

Stand-ins shine
It was the stand-in strikers who took the plaudits as 21-year-old Shola Ameobi and 22-year-old Lomana LuaLua scored the goals to give Newcastle victory. Both players were only in the side due to suspensions to Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy yet Newcastle made a confident start and opened the scoring after just five minutes when LuaLua neatly turned past his marker Cris before delivering a curling cross for Ameobi to head into the net from four metres.

United extend lead
Newcastle continued to play the ball around with some aplomb and it was no surprise that they extended their lead on 16 minutes. Ameobi was again on target as he latched on to a mistake in the centre of the Leverkusen defence to dispossess Cris before rounding the static Thomas Kleine and hitting a fierce low shot into the corner of the net.

Bayer bounce back
To their credit Leverkusen refused to accept that there was no way back into the contest and with Neuville probing down the right flank, the 1. Bundesliga side slowly came back into the game. Fittingly, their first fluid attack, on 26 minutes, produced a goal. A series of neat passes found Yildiray Bastürk who played the ball to the edge of the area where França's quick interchange with Pascal Ojigwe enabled the Brazilian striker to break free before coolly lifting the ball over the advancing Shay Given.

LuaLua volley
With the BayArena crowd voicing their support, Leverkusen pressed for the equaliser and Kleine saw a header hit Gary Speed in the midriff and then deflect to safety. However, on 32 minutes, Neuville allowed his enthusiasm to get the better of him when the German international's attempt to keep the ball in play only gave possession to Olivier Bernard. The French full-back sent a ball down the flank to Laurent Robert whose low first-time cross was smartly volleyed into the net by LuaLua.

More committment
New Leverkusen coach Thomas Hörster who replaced Klaus Toppmöller on Sunday, had only retained three of the side beaten by Hansa Rostock at the weekend, but his players gave a more committed performance in the early stages of the second half. Thomas Brdaric headed a 47th-minute corner over the crossbar and Given reacted smartly to claim a curling Neuville cross as Hanno Balitsch lurked at the far post two minutes later.

Robson cajoles
Newcastle upped their work-rate after that, with the ever-sprightly Robson cajoling from the technical area. On 70 minutes, Robert saw a 20-metre free-kick flash over the crossbar and as Leverkusen ran out of energy, the visitors began to find success on the counterattack.

LuaLua miss
LuaLua should have scored his second goal of the evening after Kieron Dyer ran through the middle before freeing the Democratic Republic of Congo striker in the area, but his first-time shot went over the crossbar.

 

 


 

Last updated: 19/02/03 12.36CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

newcastle

Newcastle

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
PreussChristoph Preuss
Substitution46
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
7
CrisCris
Substitution72
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
8
DyerKieron Dyer
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
11
SpeedGary Speed (C)
11
FrançaFrança
Goal26
18
HughesAaron Hughes
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Yellow Card22
Substitution79
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
17
OjigwePascal Ojigwe
20
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
Goal32
Substitution84
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Goal5
Goal16
Substitution84
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville (C)
32
RobertLaurent Robert
47
KleineThomas Kleine
35
BernardOlivier Bernard

Substitutes

31
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
13
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
6
AcuñaClarence Acuña
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
12
GriffinAndy Griffin
19
BabićMarko Babić
16
CortCarl Cort
Substitution84
21
Radosław KałużnyRadosław Kałużny
Substitution79
25
KerrBrian Kerr
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution46
28
ChopraMichael Chopra
Substitution84
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
Substitution72
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell

Coach

Thomas Hörster (GER) Bobby Robson (ENG)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR), Steinar Holvik (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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