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Newcastle leave it late in Athens

Published: Friday 22 October 2004, 0.15CET
Panionios NFC 0-1 Newcastle United FC Alan Shearer spares visitors' blushes at the death.

Match statistics

PanioniosNewcastle

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 22 October 2004, 0.15CET

Newcastle leave it late in Athens

Panionios NFC 0-1 Newcastle United FC Alan Shearer spares visitors' blushes at the death.

A late Alan Shearer penalty earned Newcastle United FC three points in their opening UEFA Cup Group D game away against Panionios NFC, but the visitors were made to work hard by their tenacious opponents.

Colceag heroics
An outstanding performance from stand-in goalkeeper Sorin Colceag almost earned the home side a deserved point, despite conceding a lot of late possession, but Shearer's spot-kick on 87 minutes broke Greek hearts.

Bellamy picked
With Patrick Kluivert injured, Newcastle coach Graeme Souness started with Craig Bellamy in attack alongside Shearer. Panionios, meanwhile, were missing their first-choice goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobný, although his replacement appeared a capable deputy from the off.

Given sharp
The Romanian goalkeeper seemed thoroughly unflappable, coming off his line to avert the threat of the pacy Bellamy and saving well from Laurent Robert and Jermaine Jenas. But it was his opposite number Shay Given who had to deal with the best effort of the first half, stretching to his right to palm away Mário Breška's glancing header on 23 minutes.

Visitors' frustration
Neither side settled well on the bumpy pitch's long grass, but Newcastle's frustration was more evident than their hosts', Stephen Carr's booking the culmination of a series of niggly fouls by his Newcastle team-mates as they failed to find any sort of shape or rhythm despite dominating possession.

Jenas wasteful
The hosts set about their task with discipline, keeping the ball on the move and their opponents under pressure. Nevertheless, they always seemed one mistake away from allowing Newcastle a sight of goal, and Colceag was relieved to see Jenas scoop over after his poor punch right on half-time.

Newcastle up pace
The visitors began the second half in a more upbeat fashion, Robert getting to the by-line on three occasions in the first ten minutes. However, it was not until after the hour mark that Colceag was again called into action, saving at Bellamy's feet.

Keeper busy
As Newcastle turned up the pressure on their opponents, the promise of the first half deserted Panionios as they struggled to gain possession. Colceag was increasingly busy, and on 76 minutes he pulled off the save of the game, tipping over from Shearer's seven-metre header.

Shearer strikes
After several further saves and parries, most notably from another Robert drive, it seemed the 32-year-old stand-in keeper was to be the home side's hero. But with just three minutes remaining Euripidis-Grigorios Makos felled substitute Shola Ameobi, and Shearer drove in from the spot to claim his fourth goal of this season's competition.

Run continues
The win extends Newcastle's unbeaten run under new manager Souness to eight games. For Panionios, though, it is four defeats in five. The Greek side next travel to Sporting Clube de Portugal on 4 November, while Newcastle take on FC Dinamo Tbilisi at home on the same night.

Last updated: 22/10/04 9.52CET

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Lineups

panionios

Panionios

newcastle

Newcastle

35
ColceagSorin Colceag (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
3
DoddTravis Dodd
2
CarrStephen Carr
Yellow Card24
5
VlčekPetr Vlček (C)
3
ElliottRobert Elliott
6
GiannopoulosPanagiotis Giannopoulos
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
8
ZimonjicSaša Zimonjic
Yellow Card66
Substitution69
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
10
ParodiJuan Martín Parodi
Substitution74
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Goal86
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
15
DomoraudGilles Domoraud
16
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution67
21
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Yellow Card53
29
BowyerLee Bowyer
Yellow Card55
28
BreškaMário Breška
32
RobertLaurent Robert
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
35
BernardOlivier Bernard

Substitutes

22
SotiriouDimitris Sotiriou (GK)
12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
7
MeszarosLubomir Meszaros
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
9
GoundoulakisFanourios Goundoulakis
Substitution69
18
HughesAaron Hughes
11
LagonikakisAndreas Lagonikakis
Substitution74
Yellow Card85
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
24
ExouzidisSavas Exouzidis
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution67
25
MitrouNikolaos Mitrou
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
39
BrittainMartin Brittain

Coach

Karol Pecze (SVK) Graeme Souness (ENG)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Stefano Titomanlio (ITA)

Fourth official

Massimiliano Saccani (ITA)

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