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Newcastle leave it late

Published: Thursday 11 March 2004, 21.16CET
Newcastle United FC 4-1 RCD Mallorca Home side come from a goal down to move closer to last eight.

Match statistics

NewcastleMallorca

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 March 2004, 21.16CET

Newcastle leave it late

Newcastle United FC 4-1 RCD Mallorca Home side come from a goal down to move closer to last eight.

Newcastle United FC took a big step towards the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup as they defeated RCD Mallorca 4-1 with a superb second-half spell of football in their first leg match at St James' Park. Craig Bellamy, Alan Shearer, Laurent Robert and Titus Bramble all got on the scoresheet after Correa had given the visitors a surprising lead.

Mark of respect
As a mark of respect for the victims of the bomb attacks in Madrid, a minute's silence was observed before the game and both teams wore black armbands. The first half was as dull as the second half was thrilling, as neither side found any rhythm; chances were few and far between.

Eto'o misses
The best opportunity came after just three minutes. Nené delivered what looked an innocuous corner, but it somehow found its way to Samuel Eto'o at the near post. The striker made good contact but sent the shot wide of the near post. The rest of the half passed by with barely a goalmouth incident.

Different side
Newcastle came out after the break a different side, putting pressure on their visitors with a series of dangerous Robert corners. Then some good interplay between Shearer and Robert sent Bellamy free, but the Welshman shot straight at the goalkeeper from an admittedly difficult angle.

Sucker punch
Then, on 58 minutes, Mallorca struck a sucker punch. Gary Speed gave the ball away unnecessarily to Eto'o who played a one-two with Alejandro Campano before striking the bar with a powerful effort. Correa was quickest to react and tucked away the rebound.

Quick leveller
The St James' Park crowd stayed behind their team though and seven minutes later they were level. Bramble's long ball from the back was flicked on for Bellamy by the battling Shearer and the Welshman showed excellent composure when clean through to slot the ball past Leo Franco.

Shearer strikes
On 71 minutes Shearer's head was again instrumental, as he gave Sir Bobby Robson's side the lead. Robert’s whipped corner to the near post was too good an opportunity to pass up for the Newcastle captain and he duly thumped his header in.

Goals keep coming
Robert soon got in on the act himself, drilling a 74th-minute free-kick into the centre of the goal with Mallorca goalkeeper Leo Franco deceived by the curl. Goalscorer then turned provider as his free-kick from the right was volleyed in by Bramble.

Late dismissal
Mallorca's troubles were compounded as left-back Edu Moya was sent off for his second bookable offence in conceding the free-kick from which Newcastle scored their fourth. The visitors also had six other players booked, of which David Cortés will also be suspended for the second leg.

Last updated: 12/03/04 10.17CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

mallorca

Mallorca

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
25
Leo FrancoLeo Franco (GK)
18
HughesAaron Hughes
5
Fernando NiñoFernando Niño
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
2
CampanoAlejandro Campano
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
Goal84
3
NagoreDomingo Nagore
Yellow Card75
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution87
7
ColsaGonzalo Colsa
Substitution65
Yellow Card65
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
8
CortésDavid Cortés
Yellow Card59
11
SpeedGary Speed
6
LussenhoffFederico Lussenhoff
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Goal74
10
NenêNenê
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
Goal71
12
Edu MoyaEduardo Moya
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Goal67
22
CorreaFernando Correa
Yellow Card35
Goal58
Substitution65

Substitutes

24
CaigTony Caig (GK)
13
Miki GarroMiki Garro (GK)
3
ElliottRobert Elliott
14
OlaizolaJavier Olaizola
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
Substitution87
18
MarcosMartín Marcos
Substitution65
27
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
19
PereraJesús Perera
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
20
NadalMiguel Nadal
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
24
GeorgeFinidi George
Substitution65
14
BridgesMichael Bridges
33
RamisIván Ramis

Coach

Bobby Robson (ENG) Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Henri Reuter (LUX), Philippe Larose (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Derrien (FRA)

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