This may be familiar these days but Newcastle’s opposition tonight came flying out of the blocks, and went 2-0 up after just 19 minutes, but Newcastle came storming back with goals from Vurnon Anita, with a terrific volley om 42 minutes, and then just before the break Shola Ameobi put the ball in the net, after a good run into the box in the inside left position, and he was nicely set up by his brother Sammy – to make it 2-2 at the half.
The second half was end to end again and both sides had their chances to score, with Yohan Cabaye hitting the cross-bar after just coming on as a sub, and Brugge also had some decent chances and Newcastle had Tim Krul to thanks for several fine saves.
Both sides created chances in the opening stages but it was Club Brugge who took the lead 14 minutes when Ivan Trickovski showed excellent control before firing the ball past Tim Krul – with Coloccini again being beaten by a high ball into the box and Trickovski was allowed to put the ball in the back of the net. It was not unlike the Suarez goals on Sunday.
And that was the first European goal Newcastle have conceded since we were at Atromitos in the play-off round.
But things got worse for Newcastle just four minutes later, when the impressive Jesper Jorgensen hit a long range shot that beat Tim Krul just inside his right hand post, and we were down 2-0.
Things were not looking good but after 25 minutes Newcastle should have scored when Sylvain Marveaux had a great chance but he completely mis-kicked, and the chance was lost, after being set up by Gabby Obertan..
But Newcastle were pressing and finally pulled one back four minutes before half time, and it was Vurnon Anita who fired in a terrific shot for his first goal for Newcastle, and that should give the 23 year-old some confidence, and he played very well throughout tonight’s game.
And would you believe it, Newcastle were level a couple of minutes later, when Shola Ameobi was able to put the ball home with his right foot after holding off a challenge from the Brugge defender – a good goal from Shola.
It was an entertaining first half, with both sides wanting the win.
In the second half Shola Ameobi had a couple of chances early on, one chance he headed the ball just over the bar, and another brought a good save from the goalkeeper after Shola had got his shot in from just inside the penalty box.
Steven Taylor came on for Mike Williamson after an hour, in what was a scheduled change to carry the weight of this game, since both will play against West Ham on Sunday, with Coloccini being suspended.
And as Brugge came attacking Newcastle in the final twenty minutes, Tim Krul made a number of crucial saves for the Magpies, and then Yohan Cabaye came on in place of Bigirimana after 72 minutes, and within a couple of minutes the French International hit the bar with a fantastic free kick from the left-wing – that would have been a great winner.
Amalfitano came on for Sammy Ameobi after 80 minutes for his first run-out in the first team for some time, and the younger Ameobi had another good game tonight.
But the game was played out, and given we were 2-0 down after 19 minutes, this was a good draw by the lads, and Brugge broke their five game losing streak.
Club Brugge (4-2-3-1): Bojan Jorgacevic; Tom Hogli, Carl Hoefkens (c), Michael Almeback, Jordi; Ryan Donk, Vadis Odjidja (Nathaniel Lagrou 81); Maxime Lestienne, Jesper Jorgensen, Ivan Trickovski (Mohamed Tchite 46); Carlos Bacca
Subs not used: Vladan Kujovic, Bart Buysee, Bjorn Engels, Birger Verstraete, Bjorn Vleminckx
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson (Steven Taylor 58), Fabricio Coloccini (c), James Tavernier; Gael Bigirimana (Yohan Cabaye 72), Cheick Tiote; Sammy Ameobi (Romain Amalfitano 83), Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan; Shola Ameobi
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)