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The Joy And Sorrow Of Newcastle Players

Ivory Coast were easily the better side in the 3-1 win against Senegal last month in the first leg of the play-off with Senegal, and the score didn’t represent their dominance of that game, with Papiss Cisse scoring for Senegal a full five minutes into added time.

drogba kalou celbrate ast minute equalizer Senegal

That was close – Drogba and Kalou celebrate added time equalizer

But it was all change yesterday in Casablanca, as Senegal outplayed the Ivory Coast and they needed a 2-0 win to progress to the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer.

Senegal went at the opposition like a steam train in the opening minutes, and Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse missed a decent chance after only four minutes to pull on  back for Senegal.

But unfortunately for Senegal, Papiss Cisse in particular missed a number of chances to put Senegal ahead, with the best chance coming in the 49th minute.

But then after 77 minutes Moussa Sow scored a penalty to put Senegal ahead, after Didier Drogba had fouled Salif Sane in the penalty box.

And then Senegal needed one more goal in those last 13 minutes to go through, and it wasn’t unlike when Newcastle went 1-0 ahead against Benfica at home in the second leg of the Europa league quarter finals,  after we lost the first leg 3-1 in Portugal.

Senegal attacked the opposition for that second goal, and as happened with Newcastle against Benfica,  Senegal were caught short at the back by Ivory Coast in added time, and Solomon Kalou ensured the Ivory Coast and our own Cheick Tiote would be taking part in Brazil next summer.

But it was the same old thing for Papiss Cisse yesterday, and unfortunately he missed a number of chances and the opportunity to give Senegal a glorious win.

Papiss will hardly be happy man today, but Cheick Tiote will be happy – and relieved no doubt.

Comments welcome.

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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh well, shame for Cisse, wonder what’s happened to him.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s been Pardewed…

  • Dagwoodz

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3



    I understand that some need the confrontation to justify things in their own mind, but it’s just plain drool inspiring dross. Live reading the normal banter on here regarding the Toon, but when it becomes a contest of wills in an argument over whose opinion is more incorrect, I really feel like sticking my jewels in a fire ant hill. Everyone is entitled to their opinion… The thing that some on here neglect to remember sometimes is that were stuck with what we’ve got.

    Now, I will say that if everyone was a fence sitter like Ibiza, we wouldn’t have anything to talk about…

    BTW, i`ll take the under on your estimation on how long the blog would last….

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    With you there Jail, Cisse seems to need a big injection of confidence and the reports that he missed a couple against Ivory Coast show that his goal drought can’t all be blamed on Pardew.

    Or, Catchy et al, can it – even with Senegal?

    Straying off thread, as Sports Direct doesn’t appear to be paying for its ground advertising and as a result, the club’s commercial revenue’s lower than it could be, a thought:

    Looking at the club’s books as a potential buyer, I would see a business showing a profit, albeit relatively small. I’d certainly see an opportunity with Newcastle United.

    Small profit + potential revenue from ground advertising = a nice healthy profit. And that’s excluding the potential from increased TV revenue.

    Could the man be running the club to a very cunning plan or is Ashley, as many would seem to have it, tight and just pocketing the money?

    Food for thought accompanied by my apologies for leading the Ashley bashers astray – or on to their favourite hobby horse, whichever is apt.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5


  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Dagwoodz….. Didn’t Ibiza come off his fence just recently? Or has he climbed back on?

    Ibiza, your public needs to know!


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