Deportivo dump out Newcastle
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle crashed out of Europe after going down 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna.
Newcastle United crashed out of Europe after going down 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna at St James' Park on Wednesday night.
Goals from Jorge Andrade and Pedro Munitis cancelled out James Milner's opener to give Deportivo a 4-2 aggregate victory and end Newcastle's chances of reaching the Uefa Cup.
Newcastle started brightly with debutant Emre looking lively with some neat touches, but they were struggling to create any clear goalscoring chances.
Deportivo created the first chance of the game on 11 minutes when Munitis fired a free kick from edge of the box over the crossbar and four minutes later, Diego Tristan scuffed a shot straight at Given.
The impressive Emre came close to marking his debut with a goal on 17 minutes when Alan Shearer picked him out on the edge of the box and the Turkish international fired in a shot which Jose Molina did well to keep out.
Scott Parker marked his debut with a booking on 29 minutes for a late tackle on the tricky Munitis.
Newcastle had a lucky escape a minute later when Tristan flicked Munitis' corner right across the six-yard box to Joan Capdevila, but with the goal at his mercy, he somehow scooped the ball over the crossbar.
Molina denied Newcastle the opener on 34 minutes when he produced a superb save to keep out Shearer's towering header from Milner's free kick.
From the resulting corner, all hell broke loose when Shearer collided with Molina and both sets of players got involved in a scuffle which saw Shearer and Tristan booked.
Newcastle broke the deadlock on 39 minutes when Amdy Faye broke down the right and crossed for Lee Bowyer who sent in a shot which the alert Milner instinctively flicked over Molina and into the net.
Deportivo stunned the home side right on the stroke of half time when Andrade beat Shay Given to a flick on into the box and coolly toed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to draw the Spaniards level.
Newcastle suffered disaster three minutes after the break when they gifted Deportivo their second goal.
Robbie Elliott under-hit his backpass allowing Munitis to steal in and nip round Given and although Stephen Carr got back to block Tristan's shot, Munitis was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.
Newcastle tried to rally to get drag themselves back into the game and Shearer forced Molina into a good save with a fierce free kick from the edge of the box.
Munitis came close to grabbing a second on 58 minutes with a quickly taken shot from the edge of the box which Given at full stretch had to tip over the crossbar.
Shearer missed a great chance to draw Newcastle level on 61 minutes when Milner picked him out inside the box, but on the stretch, he could only volley his shot over the top.
Graeme Souness flung on substitute Shola Ameobi as he went in search of goals and Ameobi was unlucky not to score on 70 minutes when he took the ball down on his chest inside the box and drilled in a shot which Molina just about kept out.
Emre was inches away from marking his debut with a goal he deserved five minutes from time when his brilliant long-range swerving free kick flew back off the crossbar.
Click on fixture for full match summary:
Newcastle 1-2 Deportivo La Coruna (Agg.: 2-4)
|Newcastle United||Team Statistics||Deportivo de La Coruña|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|6||Shots on Target||5|
|5||Shots off Target||3|