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Slick Newcastle leave AZ standing

Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.50CET
Newcastle United FC 4-2 AZ Alkmaar The home side scored three goals inside the first 23 minutes to take a big step towards the quarter-finals.

Match statistics

NewcastleAZ

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners3
 
1
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed5
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.50CET

Slick Newcastle leave AZ standing

Newcastle United FC 4-2 AZ Alkmaar The home side scored three goals inside the first 23 minutes to take a big step towards the quarter-finals.

Obafemi Martins was on target twice as Newcastle United FC took a significant step towards the UEFA Cup quarter-finals with an absorbing 4-2 victory against AZ Alkmaar.

Steinsson own goal
Martins was in awesome form at St James' Park, and it was his presence that forced Grétar Steinsson to put into his own net as early as the eighth minute. Two goals in two minutes from Martins and Kieron Dyer then left Newcastle three to the good midway through the half before Shota Arveladze struck for the visitors. Martins scored again eight minutes before half-time, and the English Premiership team will be favourites at the Alkmaarderhout in seven days' time, though Danny Koevermans' second-half effort gives AZ hope.

Sibierski influence
The Dutch side have not lost at their home ground in 28 European fixtures so the onus was on Newcastle to make the most of territorial advantage here. They were soon ahead as Dyer's low cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Steinsson under pressure from Martins. AZ responded well, but were rocked as Glenn Roeder's team struck twice in as many minutes. Antoine Sibierski teed up both, his deft flick sending Dyer clear to make it 2-0 before releasing Martins, who weaved past Kew Jaliens and Barry Opdam before firing beyond Boy Waterman.

Arveladze header
It left Louis van Gaal stone-faced on the AZ bench but within eight minutes he was up on his feet, punching the air as Arveladze emphatically headed in Julian Jenner's pinpoint cross. Martins soon restored the three-goal lead, sweeping in his sixth goal of this season's competition. But the second half belonged to AZ and they eventually got their reward when Steven Taylor was penalised for handball. Moussa Dembélé's spot-kick was saved by Shay Given but Koevermans tucked in the rebound to keep the tie alive.

Last updated: 09/03/07 1.19CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

az

AZ

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
16
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Goal7
Yellow Card53
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
2
CarrStephen Carr
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
5
De ClerTim de Cler
8
DyerKieron Dyer
Goal22
27
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution66
17
ParkerScott Parker (C)
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
22
ButtNicky Butt
11
MartensMaarten Martens
Substitution60
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution77
6
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
Substitution84
20
SibierskiAntoine Sibierski
Substitution66
19
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Goal73
9
MartinsObafemi Martins
Goal23
Goal37
9
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
Goal31

Substitutes

12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
26
BultersJob Bulters (GK)
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution77
3
LuirinkGijs Luirink
Substitution84
7
LuqueAlbert Luque
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
14
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
14
DonkRyan Donk
16
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution66
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution60
Penalty73
32
HuntingtonPaul Huntington
25
VormerRuud Vormer
39
CarrollAndy Carroll
29
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution66

Coach

Glenn Roeder (ENG) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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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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