Papiss Cisse powered a header home after three minutes and two seconds of added time tonight, when he converted a wonderful Sylvain Marveaux right wing cross to take Newcastle United through to the quarter finals of the Europa League. It was an unbelievable finish to the game.
A concerned looking Alan Pardew tonight
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said on ESPN after the game:
“It was a marvellous finish,” “Papiss did it on Sunday and did it again on Thursday night.” “It was a quality cross and he finished it off.”
“We did a lot better in the second half and put them under pressure and when you put them under pressure something gives.” “I think we’ve put out one of the best teams in the competition if I’m honest.”
“We just squeezed over the line and I’m highly delighted. We’ve had a very, very tough two games.” “In the first half we got the runaround a bit, but in the second half we got stuck in and we did it,”
“Papiss has stepped up to the plate and scored and got us through to the quarter-finals. It was magnificent.”
Newcastle had a poor first half and Anzhi were the better side, and had a few decent chances to score, which they didn’t take.
And then after 56 minutes the game was turned on its head when Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off after 55 minutes, and Newcastle pressed but Anzhi still managed to hit the cross bar with a fantastic Mbark Boussoufa free kick.
The Newcastle defense just about held Anzhi, who looked an excellent team tonight, and it was Newcastle’s fourth successive clean sheet in a home European game this season.
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