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Shearer sparks stylish Newcastle

Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.40CET
Newcastle United FC 4-0 Olympiacos CFP (agg: 7-1) Alan Shearer scores twice en route to the last eight.

Match statistics

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

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Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.40CET

Shearer sparks stylish Newcastle

Newcastle United FC 4-0 Olympiacos CFP (agg: 7-1) Alan Shearer scores twice en route to the last eight.

By Alex O'Henley at St James' Park

Newcastle United FC booked their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup with a 4-0 win against Olympiacos CFP to give them a 7-1 aggregate victory. It was the Magpies' 100th European match and goals from Kieron Dyer, Lee Bowyer and two from Alan Shearer – his ninth and tenth goals of the competition – ensured they qualified for Friday's draw in style.

Kluivert blow
Both sides were forced to make changes from the first leg because of injuries and suspensions. Patrick Kluivert missed out for Newcastle with a knee injury, so Dyer partnered Shearer in attack, while Andy O'Brien came in at the back for Titus Bramble who had a hernia operation earlier this week. Grigorios Georgatos and Athanasios Kostoulas sat out the match for the visitors after being sent off in Piraeus, while Brazilian playmaker Rivaldo did not travel because of an ankle injury.

Castillo chance
Olympiacos knew they needed a quick goal to bring them back into contention and they passed up an early opportunity on four minutes. O'Brien misjudged a high ball, allowing Nery Alberto Castillo a free run on goal, but the Uruguayan striker hesitated long enough for goalkeeper Shay Given to clear the danger.

Dyer delight
Nicky Butt almost broke the deadlock for the home side after a quarter of an hour when he fastened on to Shearer's lay-off 20 metres out before firing in a right-foot shot which crashed off the crossbar with Antonios Nikopolidis beaten. The opening goal arrived three minutes later after the Olympiacos defence had failed to clear a Laurent Robert free-kick. Bowyer lofted the ball back into the danger area and, with his back to goal, Dyer showed great awareness to back-heel the ball past Nikopolidis and into the net.

Shearer strikes
The Greek side now needed four goals to go through but they almost fell further behind on the half-hour mark when Shearer fired over with only the keeper to beat, and nine minutes later the Newcastle captain's glancing header from Robert's cross slipped just past the post. Shearer was not to be denied, though, and right on half-time he swept in a loose ball after the visiting defence had been exposed again by Dyer's surging run into the box.

Home joy
The home side continued to press early in the second half and were rewarded with a third goal on 54 minutes. Bowyer's header looked to have beaten Nikopolidos but the keeper did well to scramble back and claw the ball off the line. However, it only went as far as Jermaine Jenas and his cutback was converted by Bowyer, who squeezed the ball under the Olympiacos goalkeeper. Shearer added the fourth on 69 minutes, rounding Nikopolidos before finishing high into the roof of the net.

Last updated: 17/03/05 11.58CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
CarrStephen Carr
Substitution67
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
4
ButtNicky Butt
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Substitution79
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
7
CastilloNery Castillo
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
8
MarićMiloš Marić
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Goal18
Substitution58
10
GiovanniGiovanni
Substitution67
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Goal45
Goal69
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Substitution60
18
HughesAaron Hughes
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
25
VallasSpyros Vallas
Yellow Card90+1
29
BowyerLee Bowyer
Goal54
30
PantosTasos Pantos
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution58
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis

Substitutes

12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
34
GiannouKleopas Giannou (GK)
14
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
Substitution58
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution60
15
FayeAmdy Faye
12
SchürrerGabriel Schürrer
16
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution58
4
KouloucherisThymios Kouloucheris
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
17
TaralidisYiannis Taralidis
Substitution79
42
RamagePeter Ramage
Substitution67
18
D'AcolD'Acol
27
PhilipakosPeter Philipakos
Substitution67

Coach

Graeme Souness (ENG) Dušan Bajević (SRB)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Walter Staudinger (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Steiner (AUT)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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