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Newcastle sneak narrow win

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.00CET
FK Partizan 0-1 Newcastle United FC Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given's saves help them to victory.

Match statistics

PartizanNewcastle

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts0
1
on target0
1
off target0
 
0
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Fouls suffered0
 
0
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.00CET

Newcastle sneak narrow win

FK Partizan 0-1 Newcastle United FC Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given's saves help them to victory.

Newcastle United FC are a step closer to a return to the UEFA Champions League group stage after Nolberto Solano gave them a 1-0 victory at Serbo-Montenegrin title-holders FK Partizan.

Dyer close
With both sides strong in midfield and defence, there were few chances in the early stages of the game. Kieron Dyer went close for Newcastle on eight minutes with a long-range effort and Partizan defender Nenad Djordjevic headed off target just before the half-hour.

Solano goal
On 39 minutes, though, came Newcastle's goal, as Gary Speed and Laurent Robert combined to send the ball in from the left, and although Alan Shearer was unable to get to the ball, Solano was on hand to slide the ball in at the far post.

Given saves
Igor Duljaj went close to equalising a minute from half-time, but Shay Given pulled off a save that could yet prove decisive in the tie, as his team battened down the hatches in the second period, Jonathan Woodgate organising the Newcastle defence superbly.

Partizan denied
Olivier Bernard had the visitors' best chance of the second half on 74 minutes, as he shot straight at Ivica Kralj in the Partizan goal, while at the other end Given denied Iliev. In the final moments Partizan striker Milan Stojanoski and captain Saša Ilic were both thwarted by excellent Given stops, as Newcastle ensured they would take a lead back to England in two weeks.

Praise for fans
Partizan coach Lothar Matthäus praised his opponents and the home supporters after the game. "Congratulations to the Newcastle players and to our supporters", he said. "The crowd were on top form, but we were not. My players were unhappy, Given did impossible things in the last minutes. Football is strange, we will try to do everything right in the second match and maybe, I said maybe, find a way to a miracle."

'Always close'
Sir Bobby Robson, the Newcastle manager, said: "I think Partizan are still very much in the game and I think it will be something similar in Newcastle. It was always close - the difference between the two sides was minimal and Partizan in the last second missed a big opportunity. Maybe we were a little bit lucky, but it was also a very good save by the goalkeeper, and because we won 1-0, it gives us an advantage."

Last updated: 14/08/03 9.28CET

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Lineups

partizan

Partizan

newcastle

Newcastle

30
KraljIvica Kralj (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
ĆirkovićMilivoje Ćirković
2
GriffinAndy Griffin
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution46
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
Goal39
Substitution84
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
Substitution60
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
Yellow Card64
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
Yellow Card61
8
DyerKieron Dyer
15
MalbašaNikola Malbaša
Yellow Card75
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Yellow Card79
16
WestTaribo West
Yellow Card78
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Yellow Card54
17
IlievIvica Iliev
11
SpeedGary Speed
22
IlićSaša Ilić (C)
27
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
25
BajićBranimir Bajić
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution65
28
NadjAlbert Nadj
Yellow Card36
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
Yellow Card81

Substitutes

1
RadakovicRadovan Radakovic (GK)
12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
7
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
Substitution60
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
Substitution84
10
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
Substitution46
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution65
Yellow Card72
11
ČakarDamir Čakar
3
ElliottRobert Elliott
21
ZavišićBojan Zavišić
18
HughesAaron Hughes
24
SavicBranko Savic
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
26
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
28
ChopraMichael Chopra

Coach

Lothar Matthäus (GER) Bobby Robson (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution