Highlights of Newcastle United’s first Europa League group stage tie against Girondins de Bordeaux.
The first highlights are aroung 4 1/2 minutes long with English commentary and the second are longer 9 1/2 minute ones, but with French commentary.
A most satisfactory evening for the Magpies. After an excellent early chance for the visitors being spurned (poorly) by the usually excellent Polish playmaker, Ludovic Obraniak, it was the Magpies who dominated with some nicely composed play. First came a 16th minute strike from Euroslayer, Shola Ameobi, then an own goal from Bordeaux’s Henrique, and finally a third from Papiss Cisse. After spending hours writing two long pieces about how tough Bordeaux were going to be, they didn’t show up and made me look like a proper mug!
Nonetheless, credit to the lads for a far more entertaining display than they showed against Reading, two of the highlights being the excellent assists from Gabriel Obertan, and 12 year old Shane Ferguson, who has done himself no end of good in his last couple of performances.
In his post match interview, Alan Pardew had this to say:
“What pleased me most is that we played with verve and energy again. That is a good sign. We had to play very well to make that as comfortable as it was. We knocked the spirit out of them in terms of the clinical nature of our goals. That was a team that hasn’t been beaten for 17 games so that is a great result. For me as a manager, it was a perfect night.”
Teams and match facts.
Score / Goalscorers: Newcastle United 3 (Ameobi 16, Henrique (OG) 40, Cisse 49), Bordeaux 0.
Newcastle United (4-3-3 / 4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot (G, Steve Harper HT), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Dan Gosling 71), Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 61), Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi (C), Gabriel Obertan.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Cedric Carrasso; Mariano, Henrique, Marc Planus, Benoit Tremoulinas; Henri Saivet, Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil (c), Ludovic Obraniak; Jussie, Yoan Gouffran (David Bellion 68).
Subs: Kevin Olimpa, Florian Marange, Matthieu Chalme, Abdou Traore, Landry N’Guemo, David Bellion, Cheick Diabate.
Yellow cards: Henrique (13), Cheick Tiote (20), Vurnon Anita (44), Landry N’Guemo (72).
Red cards: None.
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.