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Newcastle enjoy Athens away day

Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 0.39CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-3 Newcastle United FC The home side's birthday spoiled by two dismissals and three away goals.

Match statistics

OlympiacosNewcastle

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards2
 
0

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Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 0.39CET

Newcastle enjoy Athens away day

Olympiacos CFP 1-3 Newcastle United FC The home side's birthday spoiled by two dismissals and three away goals.

Newcastle United FC look firm favourites to reach the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after a victory at nine-man Olympiacos CFP in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.

Birthday celebrations
The Greek side were hoping to give their fans something to celebrate on their 80th birthday, having been founded on 10 March 1925, but were instead defeated by goals from Alan Shearer, Laurent Robert and Patrick Kluivert. To make matters worse, Grigorios Georgatos and Athanasios Kostoulas will sit out next Wednesday's return at St James' Park having seen red.

Rivaldo back
Olympiacos had gone into the game boosted by the return of Brazilian forward Rivaldo from an ankle injury and Dimitrios Mavrogenidis from a knee problem. But their hostile crowd were silenced within 12 minutes when the English team took the lead. Kieron Dyer was pushed in the penalty area, after flicking the ball over goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis, by Georgatos, who was sent off as the referee adjudged him to be the last defender. Shearer made no mistake with his spot-kick.

Quick equaliser
However, that advantage lasted barely three minutes before Olympiacos themselves scored from eleven metres. This time Andy O'Brien was the offender, earning a yellow card for tugging at the shirt of Ieroklis Stoltidis, and Predrag Djordjevic dispatched the penalty with ease.

Shearer close
Newcastle nearly went 2-1 up in the 17th minute but Shearer's bullet header from Robert's corner was cleared off the line by Mavrogenidis. The Premiership club, missing injured defender Celestine Babayaro and his cup-tied colleague Jean-Alain Boumsong, were making their numerical advantage tell and it was no surprise when they regained the lead just after the half-hour when Robert's superb free-kick curled over the Olympiacos wall, giving Nikopolidis no chance.

Kostoulas dismissed
Any hope the hosts had of getting back into the game evaporated in the final minute of the first half when Kostoulas collected his second booking, and after the interval Newcastle took complete control. That manifested itself in a third goal in the 70th minute, James Milner skipping to the by-line and turning the ball back for Kluivert, recalled to the side, to convert from close range.

Unbeaten record
Olympiacos battled bravely to recover their unbeaten record at their new Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, but were unable to breach a solid Newcastle defence - and will now have to secure a first-ever win in England if they are to progress to the last eight.

Last updated: 11/03/05 9.59CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

newcastle

Newcastle

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
5
RivaldoRivaldo
Substitution64
2
CarrStephen Carr
Yellow Card23
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
4
ButtNicky Butt
8
MarićMiloš Marić
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
Yellow Card14
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution64
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution60
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Goal14
Yellow Card74
Substitution75
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Goal12
12
SchürrerGabriel Schürrer
11
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal68
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
15
FayeAmdy Faye
Substitution84
19
KostoulasThanasis Kostoulas
Red/Yellow Card43
18
HughesAaron Hughes
21
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
Red Card10
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Goal33
Substitution60

Substitutes

34
GiannouKleopas Giannou (GK)
12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution75
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
Substitution60
10
GiovanniGiovanni
Substitution64
14
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
Substitution84
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Substitution64
16
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution60
7
CastilloNery Castillo
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
25
VallasSpyros Vallas
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
27
PhilipakosPeter Philipakos
29
BowyerLee Bowyer

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB) Graeme Souness (ENG)

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