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