In this game tonight, Anzhi were reduced to 10 men after Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off after 55 minutes, when he picked up his second yellow card with a bad foul on Haidara, and that gave Newcastle a distinct advantage, but Anzhi were very tough to break down, until a last second headed goal from Cisse, from a beautiful Marveaux cross – put the Magpies through to the quarter finals in a dramatic and sensational finish to the game. You cannot make this stuff up.
Papiss Cisse heads the winner three minutes into added time
In front of a fantastic turn-out of 45,487 fans with 359 of that number being Anzhi supporters, Newcastle had a difficult first half.
Anzhi were the better side and controlled the game with some good passing, until they were reduced to 10 men, but Anzhi still played well, and after 88 minutes a fantastic free kick from Mbark Boussoufa had Elliot beaten, and the ball hit the cross-bar and came back into play.
It looked as though the game was going to extra time, and in fact just as the three minutes of added time was up, it was that man Sylvain Marveaux again, who put in a great cross into the area from the right wing, and Papiss Cisse gave the goalkeeper no chance from six yards out, as he headed the ball like a rocket past the Anzhi goalkeeper.
And dramatically, Newcastle were through to the quarter finals in a fairy tale finish to the game, and we didn’t even have to go to extra time.
When Cisse scored the Geordie crowd went wild – and that’s an understatement – and it was so similar to the Stoke game because Adam Campbell had been brought on (after 71 minutes) in place of Vurnon Anita, and the local lad had also been brought on against Stoker, late in that game.
It was a gutsy performance from Newcastle, with Steven Taylor again having a great game at the back for Newcastle, and Sylvan Marveaux was Newcastle’s most dangerous player on the night.
But Yohan Cabaye had to go off in the first half with some injury, and the Frenchman was replaced by Jonas Gutierrez, who did a very decent job in the middle of the park once he came on.
In the first half Lassana Diarra had two good chances for Anzhi, but he was stopped both times by Steven Taylor, who blocked both of his shots, and then a terrible free kick by Yanhga-Mbiwa put the ball straight to an Anzhi player in front of the penalty area, but the ball was hit wide into the side netting – a let-off for the Magpies.
Yanga-Mbiwa looked a little shaky at times tonight.
In the second half Newcastle went into another gear, and were starting to create chances when Anzhi were reduced to 10 men , and after that – it was could Newcastle score before the game went to extra time.
And the answer was yes – with the last touch of the ball it was Papiss Cisse, with the help of Sylvain Marveaux, who again won the game for the Magpies, and referee blew the final whistle while Newcastle players were still celebrating.
And we are now in the hat tomorrow for the quarter final draw in Nyon.
You cannot make this stuff up.
Chelsea and Tottenham also got through, but Spurs had a scare as Inter-Milan were ahead 3-0 after 90 minutes, and forced extra time – but a goal from Adebayor put the London side through with a valuable extra time goal – and the game ended 4-1 – and Tottenham go through on that away goal.
Chelsea beat Steaua 3-1 to go through by an aggregate score of 3-2.
Wonder who we’ll get in the quarter finals?
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haïdara; Vurnon Anita (Adam Campbell 71), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Jonas Gutierrez 37); Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Anzhi Makhachkala (4-3-3): Vladimir Gabulov; Andrei Eschenko, Ewerton, Joao Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov; Odil Ahmedov, Lassana Diarra (Oleg Shatov 74), Jucilei; Mbark Boussoufa, Samuel Eto’o (c), Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
Subs not used: Evgeni Pomazan, Rasim Tagirbekov, Arseni Logashov, Kamil Agalarov, Fedor Smolov, Lacina Traore
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)