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Newcastle grind out draw at Anji

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 20.10CET
FC Anji Makhachkala 0-0 Newcastle United FC
Samuel Eto'o came closest as defences dominated in in Moscow, leaving this last-16 tie wide open ahead of next week's second leg.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Luzhniki Stadion

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Match statistics

AnjiNewcastle

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 20.10CET

Newcastle grind out draw at Anji

FC Anji Makhachkala 0-0 Newcastle United FC
Samuel Eto'o came closest as defences dominated in in Moscow, leaving this last-16 tie wide open ahead of next week's second leg.

Newcastle United FC held on for a deserved goalless draw at FC Anji Makhachkala in a tight first instalment to their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

The injury-hit Magpies performed strongly, especially at the back, to frustrate Guus Hiddink's side in a game where chances were always at a premium.

The best opportunity of the first half fell to Oleg Shatov in the 14th minute. The 22-year-old midfielder was put through on the right, but elected to seek Samuel Eto'o with a cross when a shot may have been the better option.

There was no shortage of possession for the hosts; the problem was doing something with it and their cause was not helped when creative director Willian was forced off.

The pace of the match picked up after the restart. Eto'o's low left-footed strike looked bound for the bottom corner before Rob Elliot, deputising for the injured Tim Krul, got down well to turn the ball round the post.

Newcastle had created little but almost provided a sucker punch after a good move. The ball found its way to Hatem Ben Arfa on the right, leaving the French international one on one with Vladimir Gabulov. Making his first appearance of 2013, Ben Arfa's attempted chip failed to clear the Anji keeper.

It was as close as the visitors came, though, and bar a late Eto'o effort easily gathered by Elliot, the Russian team were equally unable to ask questions at the other end. Alan Pardew's men will go into next week's return in confident mood.

Last updated: 09/03/13 0.01CET

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Lineups

anji

Anji

newcastle

Newcastle

1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
21
ElliotRob Elliot (GK)
2
EschenkoAndrei Eschenko
Substitution90
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye (C)
Substitution84
5
João CarlosJoão Carlos
5
SimpsonDanny Simpson
8
JucileiJucilei
7
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o (C)
8
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution76
14
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution84
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution64
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
13
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
25
Ahmedov                       Odil Ahmedov
14
PerchJames Perch
37
EwertonEwerton
22
MarveauxSylvain Marveaux
85
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
25
ObertanGabriel Obertan
88
WillianWillian
Substitution23
35
HaïdaraMassadio Haïdara
Yellow Card34

Substitutes

22
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
42
AlnwickJak Alnwick (GK)
3
GadzhibekovAli Gadzhibekov
3
SantonDavide Santon
13
TagirbekovRasim Tagirbekov
20
BigirimanaGael Bigirimana
15
LogashovArseni Logashov
Substitution90
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution64
16
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution84
24
TiotéCheick Tioté
Substitution84
19
TraoréLacina Traoré
Substitution23
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
Substitution76
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
49
CampbellAdam Campbell

Coach

Guus Hiddink (NED) Alan Pardew (ENG)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Vencel Tóth (HUN), Istvan Albert (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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