Sunday 19 November 2017

Ameobis to the rescue

Club Brugge 2
Newcastle 2

Luke Edwards

FEW teams seem to deliver performances that combine cringeworthy defending with scintillating attacking football as often as Newcastle United and they were involved in another thriller at the Jan Breydelstadion.

There are unlikely to be many more entertaining contests in the Europa League this season, the game flying from one end to the other as Bruges stormed into a two-goal lead, allowed Newcastle to level and then finished so strongly that Alan Pardew's side were clinging on at the end.

The Belgians went ahead after 14 minutes when Ivan Trickovski embarrassed skipper Fabricio Coloccini to register the first Group D goal conceded by Newcastle and Jesper Jorgensen doubled their advantage within five minutes, with the Magpies simply not at the races.

However, a side featuring eight changes from the one which ran out at Liverpool last Sunday managed to summon up a commendable response to take a point which means they remain top of the group.

Vurnon Anita cut the deficit on 41 minutes and two minutes later Shola Ameobi struck for his 14th European goal after being set up by a pass from from younger brother Sammy.

Bruges had lost their previous five games, which resulted in manager Georges Leekens being sacked.

Irish Independent

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