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Ben Arfa injury blow as Magpies qualify

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Published 23/11/2012 | 05:00

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Maritimo substitute Fidelis ruined Newcastle's night as they limped rather than marched into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

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The striker, who might even have snatched victory deep into stoppage-time, cancelled out Sylvain Marveaux's first Magpies goal 11 minutes from time and allowed Bordeaux to climb to the top of Group D by virtue of their 2-1 victory at Club Brugge.

Newcastle will now have to win in France on December 6 if they are to snatch back top spot in a game which will be a dead rubber in terms of qualification, but upon which much could rest.

A draw was little more than the visitors deserved on a night when Newcastle once again played in fits and starts in front of a meagre crowd of 21,632.

However, the result was not the only disappointment for Pardew, who saw the in-form Hatem Ben Arfa limp off with a hamstring injury and striker Papiss Cisse follow him down the tunnel shortly after half-time.

Irish Independent

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