Nile Ranger in action tonight in Bordeaux
Newcastle were well beaten tonight by Bordeaux by 2-0, and the French side were the better side and with the win top Group D of the Europa League on 13 points, four better than second placed Newcastle, and tonight was Newcastle’s first defeat in Europe this season after 8 games.
The truth was that Newcastle were never really in this game, and only four brilliant saves from goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the first half saved Newcastle from a much heavier defeat.
It seems whenever Rob gets a chance in the Newcastle first team, he takes his chance and again he looked a very good goalkeeper tonight.
Bordeaux had won eight games at home on the trot in Europe, so that would seem to be difficult for Newcastle to get the win they needed to top Group D – and so it proved – and the French side on the other hand had never beaten an English side in nine previous attempts.
Well this was their first win after 10 attempts against English sides in Europe.
The first goal came after 29 minutes, and Newcastle had plenty of warnings as Bordeaux were starting to get the better of midfield, and a left wing cross from Ben Khalfallah was headed home well by Diabate, after James Perch just couldn’t reach the ball to head it away – and it was poor defending from Newcastle, and this time Elliot could do nothing about it.
Half time came at 1-0 with Newcastle second best in the first half.
Vurnon Anita was introduced at the start of the second half as Newcastle tied to come into the game.
But the match was put out of Newcastle’s reach when after 72 minutes the Magpies were caught short at the back after pushing forward, and it was Diabate who was put clean through and he made no mistake to get his second goal and put Bordeaux up 2-0 and this could be the first time Bordeaux have ever beaten an English side in Europe.
It was a disappointing display buy this Newcastle second team, and a bit of a damper after the good conformance on Monday night, but again it showed our squad is simply not strong enough.
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Kevin Olimpa; Matthieu Chalme, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Maxime Poundje; Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Andre Poko, Gregory Sertic (c), Henri Saivet; David Bellion, Cheick Diabate (Hadi Sacko 88)
Subs not used: Abdoulaye Keita, Ludovic Sane, Landry N’Guemo, Nicolas Maurice-Belay
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson (Fabricio Coloccini 73), Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana; Nile Ranger, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (Vurnon Anita 46); Shola Ameobi (c) (Papiss Cisse 81)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell
Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)
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