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Composed Barcelona stroll on

Published: Wednesday 19 March 2003, 22.00CET
Newcastle United FC 0-2 FC Barcelona Profligate finishing costs Newcastle as Barça remain unbeaten.

Match statistics

NewcastleBarcelona

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners2
 
2
Offsides5
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 March 2003, 22.00CET

Composed Barcelona stroll on

Newcastle United FC 0-2 FC Barcelona Profligate finishing costs Newcastle as Barça remain unbeaten.

FC Barcelona underlined exactly why they are among the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this year with a thoroughly professional 2-0 victory at St James' Park which ended Newcastle United FC's hopes of progressing from Group A.

Defensive error
Second-half goals from Patrick Kluivert and Thiago Motta did the damage for the visitors - but in essence Newcastle were their own worst enemies, playing stuttering football and falling behind following a defensive error by Titus Bramble.

Cool Kluivert
An hour of a fast-flowing game had elapsed when Bramble, in no serious danger, held on to the ball for too long, allowing Kluivert to sneak up behind him, gain possession and roll the ball past Shay Given. Worse was to follow 15 minutes later, when a leaping Motta latched on to Juan Riquelme's free-kick to touch the ball in off the underside of the Newcastle crossbar and seal all three points.

Positive start
The home side had started positively and created two chances to score within the first five minutes, Craig Bellamy missing on both occassions - first stabbing a low shot wide of target then ballooning an effort high into the stands.

Shearer unlucky
As Barcelona took time to settle, Newcastle won an eighth-minute free-kick on the edge of the opposing box. Alan Shearer, who had two attempts to score after Xavi Hernández was cautioned for encroachment, failed to drill the ball through the defensive wall. Slowly but surely the visitors came into the game and on 17 minutes the hard-working Fabio Rochemback lifted his shot over both the advancing Shay Given and the Newcastle goalkeeper's crossbar when he could easily have scored.

Valdés heroics
Despite Barça's superior style and patient approach, the game's best chances fell to Newcastle, who hit the post after 19 minutes. Shearer ran on to Nolberto Solano's pass before unselfishly squaring for Bellamy, who displayed the profligate finishing which was to hamper him all night as he failed to connect properly with his shot and Barça goalkeeper Víctor Valdés somehow turned the Welshman's close-range effort on to the post.

Given outstanding
Rochemback tested Given, who was outstanding throughout, with a rising drive on 27 minutes at one end and Laurent Robert went close with a sizzling 30-metre free-kick at the other but Newcastle always found it hard to break down a relaxed-looking Barcelona side. After Bramble's error, Bellamy twice missed good chances, watching in horror as his lob dropped narrowly wide on 61 minutes, then grinning ruefully after volleying over the bar from 16 metres.

Dyer denied
The second goal killed off the home side and although Bellamy wasted two more opportunities and Kieron Dyer was denied from six metres out, a third goal for Barcelona looked most likely. But when Gerard López strode clear with just Given to beat in added time, the goalkeeper made a fine save to ensure he could leave the field with his head held high. As can his team-mates following an encouraging stint in the Champions League.

Last updated: 20/03/03 0.30CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

barcelona

Barcelona

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
26
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
Substitution67
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
3
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
4
Patrik AnderssonPatrik Andersson
8
DyerKieron Dyer
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Yellow Card9
Substitution46
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal60
Substitution70
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
10
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
12
GriffinAndy Griffin
15
RochembackFábio Rochemback
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
17
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Substitution67
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution67
18
GabriGabri
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
Yellow Card55
31
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Goal75

Substitutes

13
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
1
BonanoRoberto Bonano (GK)
18
HughesAaron Hughes
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
20
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
12
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution67
14
GerardGerard
Substitution46
25
KerrBrian Kerr
32
OleguerOleguer
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
34
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution67
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution67
39
Sergio GarcíaSergio García
Substitution70

Coach

Bobby Robson (ENG) Radomir Antić (SRB)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Wijnand Rutgers (NED)

Fourth official

Jack C. D. van Hulten (NED)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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