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Newcastle held in controversial fashion

14 Feb 2013 22:17:19

Newcastle held in controversial fashion

Striker Papiss Cisse saw two goals disallowed in a goalless draw as Newcastle failed to claim the first-leg lead over Metalist Kharkiv they so desperately wanted to take to Ukraine.

The Senegal international had a 23rd-minute effort controversially ruled out for offside, and then another 16 minutes from time for the same reason to leave the Magpies facing a stern test in next Thursday's Europa League last 32 second leg.

Cisse also passed up a series of other opportunities, the last of them an injury-time header from point-blank range, as the Magpies gradually gained the upper hand over the visitors, who nevertheless did more than enough on Tyneside to show they will be intensely difficult to beat on their own pitch.


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