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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Ameobi gets ball rolling in vintage Magpies performance

Newcastle 3 Bordeaux 0
Europe League Group D

Luke Edwards

Published 05/10/2012|05:00

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Newcastle United have had more glamorous European nights and celebrated victories over bigger names than Bordeaux, yet this was still a vintage performance to savour in the Europa League.

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Bordeaux are no longer only known for the quality of their wine in France, but also for a team that is blossoming into one of Ligue 1's finest. They were dangerous opponents who had thrashed Brugge 4-0 in their opening group game and who had not tasted defeat since the start of April, yet they were seen off with ease.

Newcastle have not played well this season, grinding out results rather than imposing themselves on teams, but this was a timely reminder of how good they can be. With Manchester United up next on Tyneside, their return to form could not have better timed.

Bordeaux should have been in front after six minutes when Ludovic Obraniak headed a Jaroslav Plasil cross over from six yards.

Newcastle had already gone close through Yohan Cabaye, whose turn and swerving shot had Cedric Carrasso scrambling across his goal, before the France international began the move that gave Newcastle the lead.

Cabaye's cross-field pass to find the run of Gabriel Obertan was sublime and so was the winger's work, sending a low cross into the area that was tapped in by Shola Ameobi.

Pardew's side managed to extend their lead before the interval, Danny Simpson's cross stabbed into his own net by Henrique following a terrible mix-up with his goalkeeper.

The second goal gave Newcastle room to breathe and they were cruising four minutes into the second half when Papiss Cisse gave a reminder of his poaching ability with a carefully controlled first time finish to sweep in Shane Ferguson's cross.

It was a comfortable victory and bodes well for the Geordies, who are top of Group D after two games. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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