Newcastle Play Russian Club Anzhi In Next Round


Newcastle will play FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the round of the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Anji drew 1-1 at German club Hanover 96 tonight, with a goal from Lacina Traoré in the ninth minute of added time to tie the scores, and the Russian club go through on aggregate 4-2 after winning the first leg at home 3-1.

Anzhi is based in Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan, and they play in the Russian Premier League and were founded back in 1991. The spelling seems to be either Anzhi or Anji – and it’s Anji on the Europa League site.

They play at the Dynamo Stadium in Makhachkala, which has a capacity of 30,000, and they were promoted from the Russian second division in 20120 and finished in 5th place last season to qualify for the Europa League.

They were in Group A of the qualifying group with Liverpool, and they finished second in the group to Liverpool, but those two clubs and BSC Young Boys were all tied on 10 points.

They were beaten 1-0 at Liverpool and won their home game 1-0 against the five time European Champions, and although they were beaten 3-1 at Italian club Udinese, who finished bottom of the group – they scraped through in second place.

It seems a tie that Newcastle can win, especially if we play like we did in the two games against Metalist Kharkiv – who were a very good side.

If we can get through we’ll be in the quarter finals – so Newcastle’s season seems to be coming alive.

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40 comments so far

  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #1

    exactly spuggy we had to get 5 signings in. when pardew said he was happy at hte start. how many of you would be happy with our squad if you took the 5 signings out?????

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Very decent side spearheaded by Samuel Eto’o.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #3

    lee

    Do you really believe that Pardew was happy with the squad? Do you actually believe that…? 😐

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Shit match

    Why was cisse on the right 🙁

    Best player krul

    Second best was Simpson , don’t like him but he had a good game

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #5

    lee

    TDS has already responded with the true facts about what pards said. If you’re gonna ignore fact then why bother.

    Doesn’t stop other mind.

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #6

    TDS why say it. why be faced n insult people

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #7

    another shite badge……*sigh*

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #8

    catchy

    Yeah shit match winning away from home in Europe is so shit. Eternal sea of shitness. Why didn’t we score 5 HBA style dribble goals and 4 long range cabaye worldys’

    Cabaye out!

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #9

    spuggy pards was happy with the squad or did you not see, or chose to ignore that interview

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #10

    toonlyf

    lol.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    lee

    yawn.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #12

    lee

    did you ignore the many many times he said we screwed up in the summer not bringing more in?

    confirmation bias.

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  • achtoon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Lee, strangely when pardew has a good team to work with we play well. When we have injuries we struggle. Our current team seems good enuff to manaage

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #14

    sorry if im boring you spuggy but im only repeating pardews words

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    lee

    turn the page back and quote bacl TDS comment about your selective memory. Or have you forgotten it already?

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    lee

    I dont really get where you’re going with this? We have a better squad now. Pards convinced the board to spend = good result. Why focus on the past.

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #17

    spuggy he said we screwed up when he realised relegation was staring us bang in the face. achtoon so he should be able to get results with the team he has now.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Who gives a damn what he says sometimes…he’s hardly likely to say his squad is shite to his players and opponents is he?? I want him telling the board how badly he needs players, but boosting the players’ confidence using whatever method is best.

    Once the board agreed with him, he came out to tell all of us that they’d screwed up in summer and would correct that error in Jan. Which we did…

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #19

    spuggy if you read i said he is a decent manager but i dont think he is the one to take us further. for me he is too negative. i hope im wrong im not anti pardew i just think he has done what he can and no more

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m lost.

    We’re stronger, have an amazing first 11 and some very good depth and form has improved massively since the frenchies came in.

    That’s all I care about right now – climbing the league. I look forward not backward.

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21

    So ToonDarnSouth how has he used those motivational skills with the squad and youth players this season. when we had those injuries we still should of been good enough at home to west ham, reading….. you want anymore

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #22

    lee

    so you want to sack him and change manager now? What do you want?

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #23

    please people be positive, how do i get tickets for the final in hamsterdam?

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Lee

    confirmation bias alert.

    The B team got us to this stage of the Europa league. Not bad motivation.

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  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #25

    We go into the game against Anzi with a good chance, hopefully we will play Home in the 2nd leg, which I think is a massive advantage

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #26

    spuggy thats my point is pardew the one to take us forward???? i have said give him the season
    as i dont see point in a sacking now. i think we will survive and that pards can keep us as a mid table team but i dont see him moving us forward

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Mental.

    Mancini and Chelsea have done pretty good jobs of showing that good players does not equal good results.

    Just because Pardew has some better players to work with, does not mean that he deserves no credit.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #28

    More importantly

    How come we don’t get any live games on TV – what’s with the love affair with Liverpool and spurs?

    Grrrrr.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Lee

    Let’s have that debate in the summer then and enjoy tonights victory and the rest of the season.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Spurs v Inter next – whoops hehe

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Lee – is it Pardew’s job to develop the youth team? No, it’s his job to do the best he can with what he’s got. Without Cabaye and HBA, there’s very little creativity.

    If Sammt, Fergie et al are not good enough, then no manager can make them good enough. We’re still rebuilding our squad, why so negative?

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  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Spuggy, ESPN bought all of our Europa Games I think, not sure mind just something a mate said last night at the pub

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #33

    spuggy its not a b team its a squad. spain have b teams. we had krul colo simpson santon anita cabaye cisse marveuax jonas chiek all in the roup stages. hardly a B team

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  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #34

    ToonDarnSouth Yes they arent good enough. So why say they are. I dont care if he ruffles feathers. Do you want him to say they are amazing and keep a hold of them for ten year like shola

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  • manxpie

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    jesus why after a great win is the blog focused on arses like check,catchy and this new fella lee (maybe the same person) !!!
    we won we’re through to the next round and playing our 1st tie away!
    finishing second in our group seems better and better
    and spurs have inter! a very good night all in all 🙂

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Anzi actually have to play at Locomotivs ground in Moscow due to troubles in Dagestan

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  • chris_g

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #37

    If anyone’s interested, these are the player ratings for tonight’s match
    (taken from http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/684998/LiveStatistics/Europe-UEFA-Europa-League-2012-2013-Metalist-Kharkiv-Newcastle-United )

    8.39 Krul
    8.22 Haidara
    7.57 Simpson
    7.55 Ameobi
    7.45 Yanga-Mbiwa
    7.42 Sissoko
    7.38 Cabaye
    7.13 Coloccini
    6.93 Marveaux
    6.39 Cisse
    6.37 Anita
    6.12 Perch
    6.02 Jonas
    6.00 Bigirimana

    Nice to see that Simmo answered a few of his critics tonight. Maybe check should stop eating toasties and start eating a bit of humble pie instead.

    By the way, Simmo tweeted this after the game. Nice lad, and a good pro. I wish him the very best, wherever he goes.

    Danny Simpson ?@dannysimpson
    Felt good 2 be back playing tonight, iv massively missed it.. Great away performance from every1.. Next round here we come

    Danny Simpson @dannysimpson
    Thanks for the positive messages… No matter what any1 thinks i always give 100% for this club n i will when called upon

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Lee – because he had to give them chances. He did, and they didn’t take them.

    Football managers can’t win. If we’d have signed loads of players in the summer, people would have been whining that they’re not giving youngsters their chances, and how is a local lad going to break into the squad.

    How about you just support the team (including the manager) and accept that we’re not a super rich club like Chelski or Citeh.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Would just like to state we were the better side over 2 legs with a team of intenational footballers, stop the press, Pardew has managed to get the team to score one goal in two games, we did not play fluently at home, however should have won the game 1-0 as a goal was clearly onside. We could have easily gone out, although we played OK.

    Chelsea was a good performance for sure, however we are still struggling to play any fluent one touch quick incisive football and the manager continues with stupid tactics such as Cisse right wing, anybody saying he wasnt playing their is seriously blinkered. Simpson did Ok for somebody whos first thought is always the hoof.

    We wil never win a thing under Parsnip, he is far to stupid in his philosophy of winning games.

    Now take some advice, never back Newcastle to win by 2 clear goals while Pardew is in charge, it is not in his mindset, you are wasting your money. There will be the odd blip were we score breakaway goals while we hang on, but just dont hand that money over. That says it all. We were 5th last year with nearly a negative goal difference, says it all, scramble wins and accept the odd hammering.

    Anyway still looking forward to Soton game, as we have the best squad of players at Newcastle ever IMO. The manager lets them down with negativity and too much intent on stopping the oppositions rather than concentrating on our quality.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Great result for the lads out there tonight.
    Didn’t see the match on TV but from the Radio Newcastle commentary it seems that Haidara had a good game. John Anderson reckons he is a better defender than Santon.
    If that is the case could be worth keeping him in and trying Santon as a Bale type wing back in midfield due to his attacking instincts. It would also add some defensive quality to the midfield without losing the attacking potential.
    The continuance of Pardew to play Cisse on the wing seems to be p*****g our main striker off. Why is he having to move to accommodate Shola? Stupidity!!
    Finally well done Simmo on his return. I have never thought there was much in it between him and Debuchy.
    Accolades to Tim as well. What would we do without him?
    Onwards and upwards especially with Gouffran and Benny coming back as well.

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