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Kluivert proves key for Newcastle

Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.43CET
Newcastle United FC 2-0 Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC
Patrick Kluivert scores twice for 2004 semi-finalists.

Match statistics

NewcastleBnei Sakhnin

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
1

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Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.43CET

Kluivert proves key for Newcastle

Newcastle United FC 2-0 Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC
Patrick Kluivert scores twice for 2004 semi-finalists.

By Alex O'Henley at St James' Park

Graeme Souness's reign as Newcastle United FC manager got off to a winning start as his side overcame Israeli side Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC in the first round of the UEFA Cup at St James' Park.

Kluivert key
Patrick Kluivert set last season's semi-finalists on their way with two first-half goals, but they could not add to their lead in a bad-tempered second half which saw two players dismissed. Souness kept Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy and Nicky Butt in reserve and handed Kluivert and Shola Ameobi the opportunity to inflict some early punishment on the Israeli minnows.

Early strike
It took only three minutes for the Netherlands forward to put the home side ahead when a Laurent Robert cross was dropped by goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro and Kluivert reacted first to knock the ball into an unguarded net. The Zimbabwean keeper made amends minutes later when he tipped over another Kluivert shot and the former FC Barcelona striker went close again on 18 minutes when he fired wide after Abed Rabbah had misjudged a high ball out of defence.

Missed chance
Sakhnin finally broke out of defence on 29 minutes with Adhan Hamlid testing Shay Given from 15 metres out but the Irishman, who was making his 40th European appearance for Newcastle, was equal to the task and diverted the ball for a corner. The home fans were becoming edgy as their favourites struggled to score again and England midfield player Kieron Dyer wasted an excellent opportunity on 39 minutes when he lifted the ball over from six metres after being put through by Robert. However, three minutes before half-time Kluivert settled their nerves when he headed home the Frenchman’s left-wing corner.

Red cards
Sakhnin introduced Brazilian forward Cléber minutes after the restart and Souness also made another change when Dyer pulled up with a recurrence of his recent hamstring problems. Butt joined the fray but the former Manchester United FC player was soon back in the dressing room after reacting to a late challenge by Abbas Swan on Kluivert. The Sakhnin captain was also dismissed and several bookings followed as tempers became frayed.

Cautious finish
Newcastle needed another goal to give them a bigger cushion going into the return leg in Tel Aviv in a fortnight, but they ended up on the defensive as Sakhnin pushed for an away goal that never came.

Last updated: 17/09/04 10.30CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

bnei sakhnin

Bnei Sakhnin

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
MurambadoroEnergy Murambadoro (GK)
2
CarrStephen Carr
21
KassumAhmed Kassum
Substitution85
3
ElliottRobert Elliott (C)
6
EtchiErnest Etchi
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
4
DananAvraham Danan
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
12
Bassam GanayemBassam Ganayem
Substitution76
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution59
5
EliyahuTomer Eliyahu
11
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal2
Goal42
7
RabbahAbed Rabbah
18
HughesAaron Hughes
Substitution15
20
HamlidAdhan Hamlid
Substitution45+7
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution69
8
SuanAbas Suan (C)
Red Card60
29
BowyerLee Bowyer
11
MasudiAlain Masudi
32
RobertLaurent Robert
25
AgoyeOlumide Agoye

Substitutes

12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
22
AliazHilik Aliaz (GK)
4
ButtNicky Butt
Substitution59
15
KhalailaKhaled Khalaila
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
18
Abu SalahHossam Abu Salah
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
19
SalamaHusein Salama
Substitution76
16
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution69
9
CléberCléber
Substitution45+7
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
16
EdriShlomo Edri
Substitution85
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
Substitution15
10
ShalataNidal Shalata

Coach

Graeme Souness (ENG) Eyal Lachman (ISR)

Referee

Antonio Manuel Almeida Costa (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Maria Pinheiro Devesa Neto (POR), Serafim Baia Nogueira (POR)

Fourth official

Elmano Carlos Ferandes Santos (POR)

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