Xisco Goal Sparks Amazing Comeback By Spain


Newcastle United’s 22 year old Spanish striker Xisco came off the bench to play an important role in an amazing Spanish comeback last night in Murcia.

Xisco – sparked comeback with second half headed goal

Spain were playing Switzerland in Murcia, Spain, in the playoffs for the European Under-21 Championships to start next June in Sweden, and they were behind 2-1 from the first leg

The Spaniards surprisingly fell even further behind when midfielder Shkelzen Gashi scored after just 25 minutes last night to put Spain 3-1 down.

After the interval Newcastle’s Xisco was brought on, and within just 6 minutes of the restart Xisco scored a good goal, with a looping header and on aggregate Spain were 3-2 behind.

But then in the 5th minute of injury-time Recreativo winger Sisinio volleyed home to send the game into extra time. 5 minutes of injury time, with the game being played in Spain looks a bit dodgy to us, and we expect the Swiss team were a little upset at that.

But then with just 8 minutes of extra time to be played, and the game presumably headed for a penalty shoot out, Raul Garcia completed the comeback to score the winning goal.

Spain are now through to the finals, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate, after being 3-1 down on aggregate last night.  England are also through, so both Newcastle’s Steven Taylor and Xisco will be playing next summer in Sweden.

We’ll now need to watch both the England and Spanish games next summer, to check on how the lads are doing.

Comments welcome.



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90 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I still haven’t made my mind up about this lad. What does everyone else reckon of Xisco?

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  • ryan peacock

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    xisco will get us 10 prem goals this season imo!

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Heron Mag – I reckon hes gonna be a great player mate. He’s got the right attitude and he is hungry for success. He needs to be in the starting line up against Man City and for the next few games after that. Otherwise he’s gonna lose his confidence and wonder why the f**k he came here. He does look sharp when he plays which is very promising.

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  • xisco biscuits

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    looks like he’s got potential, but he’ll need time, games and most of all PATIENCE from us fans

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  • IndiaMag

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Guys!! I’m from India and there isn’t a live telecast for the match against man city. Any idea about where i can watch it live online??

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    he looks poor so far, bottles out of tackles aswell and slow in possesion, he may get better but up to now hes crap

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  • Chris F

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    he’s not played enough to judge him yet, to be honest.

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  • Macas

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s looked prettty poor so far it has to be said, no better than an average Championship striker. Whether he develops and adapts remains to be seen.

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    India Mag – best to check back here Monday when the match is on – the very kind people of the blog normally paste a few links to websites where you will be to view the game live.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve been very dissapointed in this lad thus far! His touch looks heavy, he has looked off the pace, hasnt really shown much of an arial prowess and doesnt appear to have much skill on the ball! THAT SAID….It is still early days and he may need some time to settle into the EPL. He may be one for the future; But when your paying 5/6 million plus for a forward then you really ought to be showing something straight away to justify that!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    ….and before anyone states that its not his fault that he has come with a price tag (they would be right)…never the less he now has to be judged as a 5/6 million pond player!

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #12

    i think he is gonna be too slow for the prem personally, has no pace and is slow on the ball aswell, and as far as people saying he needs to be in the starting lineup for the next few games, as far as im concerned you should be picked on your form not because you dont want him to loose confidence, i am not willing to sacrifice team performance and results for the sake of putting in a player we’ve just signed just so he doesnt loose confidence, you pick the players who are in best form who will get the best results and at the moment he is not in that team

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  • Tom

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    I think he is going to be good, but I think he needs time, and games, to settle into the team and the club. He looks quick, strong and good in the air, lets give him the time he needs to prove to us that he can be a good player.

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  • broon ale

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    looks poor so far

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Nick 69 – You say he is slow. How will the lad ever able to improve and show what he has to offer if people aren’t willing to risk him. How’s he meant to develop if he’s not playing prem standard week in week out? Surely form is something you achieve by playing competitively week in week out. Ok mate you right, lets just put Ameobi on then coz he’s been in great form these last few years.

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Well said Tom!

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    he looks quick? think uve been watchin a different xisco to me then cos hes looked anything but quick imo

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  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    im laughin my arse off at you’s who have passed judgment over xisco already, what is it, like 2 games he has played?!?! Retards, you need shot with shit! Do people need reminding about Bergkamp, Henry, Evra, gods sake even Ronaldo only started showing signs of how good he could be after 2 seasons at man u! Have a word with yourselves man!

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    when did i mention ameobi? at the end of the day u cant keep a player in the team just to build his confidence he has to earn his place in the team and win his place back by coming off the bench and doing well, the team comes before any player and therefore you pick who is best for the team you dont pick the team so that one player can build confidence, and your an idiot if you think it is worth possibly putting the teams results in jeopardy for the sake of builing a players confidence. incase you hadnt noticed we are not in a position to be able to play out of form players and give them plenty time to adapt, we are in a mess and need results

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Martins is f**ked. Its a good time to Xsico through some full 90 min games to see what he can do. F**k me 2 games he’s played. The pessimism is unreal.

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21

    funny how you get critisced for judging xisco after 3/4 games yet everyones judged jonas to be a hero after 3 games but thats fine cos uve judged him as a success, bit hypocritical isnt it really

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  • Macas

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Cause i got the girth – I think you’ll find those who have said the lad has started badly have all said that he may improve. But we can only go on what we have seen so far, and he doesn’t look very good to be honest. It says a lot when I would rather have Ameobi on the pitch instead of him. Hopefully he will come good, but he doesn’t look ready for a starting place just yet.

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    exactly my point macas, we cannot afford to start him just to build his confidence, we’re in 18th place and need points, this isnt the time for carrying players, when results pick up then we have more room to give people time to adapt but not now

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  • normski1930z

    Oct 15, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    i suppose we will have to give the lad a chance to settle(at least 6 months or so) before we can really judge him imo…..but defo with nick69 he looks anything but quick…

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Martins F**ked, Viduka f**ked, Who else you gonna play if not Ameobi?

    Scored for Spain the other day. How do you know Xisco isn’t in form? Or good enough? He’s only played about 2 games for us. A player is never gonna reach good form if his confidence levels are low. Two first team strikers injured and you still don’t get a game……that’s gotta hurt.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Give the lad a chance you bunch of pathetic deluded muppets ! adebayor was poor in his first season with arsenal well look at him now he is one of the best strikers in the pl

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  • Stevo

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Nick – when would be a good time? I’m sure if we were to be at the top end of the table you would say the same thing. Probably that you wouldn’t chance him as you need proven goal scorers on the pitch to win games to ensure a place in Europe. I’m just saying we paid a lot for him and he needs to be given a chance and now is a good time.

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  • Macas

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Who says we’re not giving him a chance?? The idea of this blog is to discuss the topics mentioned, well this one is about Xisco and in my opinion he has looked extremely average so far. If you look at the likes of Man United they tend to give new young players the odd game here and there, they dont play them straight away. I really hope he does well, but we can only judge on what we have seen so far.

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  • Gooderz

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Xisco is in the same boat as Habib Beye last season. Whilst they were considered quite strong in Spain and France which gave them a distinct advantage, Beye found he was not that strong compared to the Premiership players and had to bulk up a bit and developed a fondness for rice pudding.

    If Xisco does the same then he could start playing the way he did for Deportivo and given his hard-working attitude that shouldn’t be a problem.

    Anyone who remains unconvinced about his ability click my name for a link to Guillem Balague’s website talking about Xisco.

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    i would play duff up front like we did against everton, or even jonas, i think ull find hes played 4 times for us not 2. and i know hes not in form because i have been at every game he has played for us and hes been poor, its not hard, u watch the games and if hes not doing well that means hes not in good form, get it?

    i think u all need to learn to read things properly, iv never said he shouldnt be given a chance but he certainly should not be an automatic starter just to build his confidence, u mention adebayor, yes he was poor in his first season, but he did not start every game tht season did he, which is exactly what i have said.

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #31

    he should be given a chance as a second half sub for now, and then if his form warrants his place then you can think about starting him

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #32

    I reckon he needs a few games under his belt before we go judgin’ him…He’s young, come to a new country etc…Let’s give him time to settle in!..& he has walked into all this BS, so we just have to lend him some of our support!..

    …Plus, you don’t get into the spain u21’s for bein’ crap, do ya’?..

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  • Nick 69

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    punk skunk- u dont get into the spain first team if your crap but luque did, tht means nothing. iv never once said he shouldnt be given a chance and i wont support him, my point is that you cannot start him every match just to build conifidence, and help him adapt with the club in the positon we r in at the moment

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  • Macas

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #34

    At the end of the day it would be a pretty dull blog if everyone came on here and said its too early to give an opinion on the player. I hope he can adapt to the league and show some form, unlike Mr Luque who was mentioned above.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #35

    India Mag!!!!!
    There will be loads of links on the day of the game.It will be on TVU PLAYER and if you check this blog before the game you will find links.
    Marty

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  • irish_al

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #36

    I am happy for the manager to decide whether he is played or not, he is in a better position to judge

    I hope he does well, i think he would play better if he was to develop a partnership with either Owen or Martins as the strenght of his game is that he can hold up the ball, similar to Heskey or Ashton

    I feel we may not see the best of him for a while yet, but who knows

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Nick,
    i’m not disagreein’ with ya’ man…I think ya’ right about givin’ him subs slots 1st…

    …On Luque: i reckon it’s attitudal with him, ‘cos i think he can play, when/if he puts his mind to it!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Xisco was never meant to be quick, skillfull or prolific, we got him because he can hold up a ball and he has done that.

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Nick69, you keep mentioning building up his confidence…what makes you think he wont come back from his international break full of confidence and ready to show us some more bottle?! I dont disagree with what your saying on a whole, I just think perhaps this break has done him good, to play with players he knows and he may just have hit some form this week. 🙂

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  • troy stavers

    Oct 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #40

    I can’t understand why we don’t play our other major signing bought for the same amount yet never gets a bloody mention. Give Francisco Jiminez Tejada a chance !! Anyone know anything about him?

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