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Hat-trick heroics lift Newcastle

Published: Wednesday 26 February 2003, 23.00CET
Newcastle United FC 3-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Alan Shearer returns with a first-half hat-trick.

Match statistics

NewcastleLeverkusen

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners7
 
4
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 February 2003, 23.00CET

Hat-trick heroics lift Newcastle

Newcastle United FC 3-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Alan Shearer returns with a first-half hat-trick.

Newcastle FC cruised to victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Saint James' Park thanks to a first-half hat-trick from striker Alan Shearer - leaving Sir Bobby Robson's side with a great chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and eliminating last season's finalists from the competition.

Inspirational captain
Robson welcomed back his inspirational captain after suspension and he took just five minutes to score his first of the night. Gary Speed curled in a weighted cross, and, with the Leverkusen defence nowhere, Shearer dived to head in at the far post.

Shearer second
On eleven minutes, the former England captain made it two. He began the move himself, seizing on a loose pass by Cris to send Shola Ameobi sprinting away. Ameobi muscled past two challenges before squaring the ball across goal. Hans-Jorg Butt got a palm to the ball, but it deflected off Cris and to Shearer, who nodded in.

Penalty missed
Newcastle were rampant and Leverkusen looked on the brink of a humiliating defeat. However on 20 minutes they had a glorious chance to get back into the game when Oliver Neuville slid the ball through for França and the Brazilian scampered towards goal. Goalkeeper Shay Given pulled him down, and the referee gave a penalty. Neuville stepped up, but shot weakly and Given saved.

Hat-trick hero
Leverkusen coach Thomas Hörster was rattled enough to make an early change, taking off the ineffective Cris for Croatian defender Boris Zivkovic. Despite the change, the game was effectively finished by Newcastle and Shearer’s third. On 36 minutes Ameobi sent a clever first time pass into the stride of Dyer. Thomas Kleine pulled Dyer back and the referee gave another penalty. Shearer made no mistake and completed his hat-trick.

Unbelievable miss
The second half saw Leverkusen try and play their way back into the game, despite the odds being stacked against them. Even so, their defence looked vulnerable - with Kieron Dyer’s pace causing particular problems. Shearer should have scored his fourth on the hour mark. Ameobi jinked past his marker in the box, before squaring to the unmarked Shearer. The veteran striker unbelievably scuffed his shot wide from just eight metres out - a miss completely out of place with his performance.

Babic consolation
Leverkusen refused to fold completely, however, and pulled a goal back on 73 minutes. Substitute Marko Babic burst forward at pace and picked out Yildiray Bastürk. The Turkish midfield player, who had an excellent second half, chipped the ball through and Babic applied a deft first-time finish. A Leverkusen corner almost produced a second five minutes later, as the ball came off Titus Bramble’s back but bounced off the crossbar.

Viana cameo
Shearer was taken off to a standing ovation on 81 minutes after one of his best performances in a Newcastle shirt. His replacement, Lomana LuaLua, showed dangerous pace, but it was fellow substitute Hugo Viana who was most impressive. The Portuguese youngster retained possession with ease and set up LuaLua for a good late chance with a clever back-heel.

Last updated: 27/02/03 3.12CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution70
2
PreussChristoph Preuss
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Goal5
Goal11
Goal36
Substitution81
7
CrisCris
Substitution29
11
SpeedGary Speed
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
12
GriffinAndy Griffin
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
11
FrançaFrança
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
21
Radosław KałużnyRadosław Kałużny
25
KerrBrian Kerr
Substitution82
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Penalty20
Substitution61
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)
Substitution46
32
RobertLaurent Robert
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
47
KleineThomas Kleine

Substitutes

13
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
31
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
Substitution70
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
Substitution29
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
17
OjigwePascal Ojigwe
16
CortCarl Cort
19
BabićMarko Babić
Substitution46
Goal73
18
HughesAaron Hughes
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
Substitution61
Yellow Card80
20
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
Substitution81
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution82
34
DoganHüzefeye Dogan

Coach

Bobby Robson (ENG) Thomas Hörster (GER)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Finn Erik Rasmussen (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Stadsgaard (DEN)

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