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Could it be An-other year of Euro glory? Fans start to believe it might be United's time again after Papiss pounces with late winner to book quarter-final place.


IS EUROPA LEAGUE glory written in the stars for Newcastle United? Well, whether you want to get carried away or not, we are still allowed to dream for another round.

The Magpies were nowhere their best against dogged Anzhi Makhachkala, but who cares? They did enough and can now boast the respectable achievement of at least making it through to the last eight.

With fortune like last night though, perhaps they will believe anything can happen.

Certainly. when Rob Elliot was saved by the woodwork after Mbark Boussoufa's freekick crashed back into play it was a moment of luck Newcastle just about deserved.

However, as Sylvain Marveaux's cross fell perfectly for Papiss Cisse - who barely got a sniff all night - there was a feeling this just might be Newcastle's year.

If the ghosts of 1969 are put to rest, though, Geordie fans will look back on this one and know this was a turning point against the Russians.

Yet it was a long night for the long-suffering Toon Army.

Pardew fielded a strong side against the Russians with Cisse back on the Europa League stage to lead a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Davide Santon was preferred at right-back to Danny Simpson, the ex-Man United man surprisingly omitted from the squad, and Vurnon Anita was back in the starting XI.

United kicked off to a crackling atmosphere against Anzhi and attacked down the bank towards the Gallowgate End goal in the first half.

However, it was clear Anzhi were not here just to make up the numbers and Newcastle had their work to cut out to fend off the fluorescent swarm of yellow jerseys which threatened to sting them with an away goal.

United were almost bitten when Andrei Eschenko picked out Samuel Eto'o down the right and the Cameroon star's effort flew just inches wide.

It took the Magpies a while to settle but the first chance eventually arrived on 10 minutes when Cisse worked the ball to Sylvain Marveaux and, after he mesmerized Yuri Zhirkov, he was unlucky to see his powerful effort brush the side netting. Guus Hiddink's side continued to push, though, and it took gutsy defending to keep them at bay in the opening exchanges. Not least when Steven Taylor's full-blooded block denied ex-Chelsea man Lassana Diarra after a blistering effort from outside the box.

The blows continued to be traded and, in a contest played at a ferocious pace, Yohan Cabaye's swerving effort required the full attention of Vladimir Gabulov.

It proved to be one of Cabaye's last efforts as groin trouble ended his evening prematurely and he was replaced by Jonas Gutierrez.

Rocked by the departure of their skipper, Newcastle looked shaky and when Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa rolled a free-kick straight into the path of Odil Ahmedov he worked a one-two and fired a shot into the side netting five minutes before the break.

It was an absolute gift for Anzhi and this was underlined by Hiddink's body language as he ran his fingers through his silver mop of hair in anxious manner knowing Ahmedov had turned down a written invitation to bag an away goal.

Newcastle had tried to dominate the possession stakes in the first half but a dogged Anzhi outfit had left them frustrated.

The Magpies started the second period looking livelier and Moussa Sissoko had a golden chance less than a minute in when he headed Santon's right flank cross over the bar.

An even better chance arrived five minutes later when Marveaux whipped the ball in from the right to allow Cisse to knock the ball across the sixyard box - but Taylor smacked it straight at the goalkeeper.

However, United were handed a major advantage when Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez lost control of his senses and - having been booked for a foul on Tiote - lunged into Massadio Haidara to pick up his second and earn an early bath.

Pardew tried to get behind enemy lines by throwing on teenage Academy product Adam Campbell with 20 minutes left as the Magpies tried to make the most of the extra space.

However, there was more drama to come.

Not least when Cheick Tiote conceded a cheap free-kick on the edge of the box in stoppage time to hand Anzhi a golden chance.

Mbark Boussoufa stepped up and hammered his set-piece off the bar as the home jitters kicked in.

At that stage many Toon fans would have accepted - reluctantly - extra time.

Yet there was one final lastgasp twist.

It came when Marveaux powered in a superb cross from the right for Cisse the No 9 to power home in the dying seconds.

It was priceless, it was memorable and it was the cue for sheer pandemonium at St James' Park.

It also booked that ticket into the last eight of the Europa Lague.

Hold on to your hats - we are going into Europe at least one more time this season.

;b`FeD >`Fb[dBP }hD [B `>`F ]O[P] BO f` h DBFh[]\B^OF=hFb P[]\B ^OF `=dhDBR`- O a `=dhDBR` bOPeB bO DBFh[]\B^OF=hFbe " '"" Rob ELLIOT...............7 Stayed alert to keep Eto'o out as Newcastle switched off in the closing stages Davide SANTON........7 Always offered an outlet going forward down the right for United Steven TAYLOR ....... 8 Put his head where others would not even put their feet - all for the black-and-white cause. Mapou YANGA-MBIWA.6 Had some shaky moments as Anzhi turned up the heat Massadio HAIDARA .7 Seems to get better and better as each outing goes by Cheick TIOTE ........... 6 Lost the ball under pressure on too many occasions Yohan CABAYE ........ 6 Never really got a chance to stamp any authority on the game before injury woe Vurnon ANITA.......... 6 Did not make much impact on a night when first-team chances were under full scrutiny Moussa SISSOKO .....7 Looks a real threat when driving forward.

Sylvain MARVEAUX .7 Swung the ball in for the all-important winner and was United's best offensive player Papiss CISSE ............7 Hit the jackpot in the dying stages with a goal we will be talking about for years.

SUBSTITUTES Jonas GUTIERREZ ......7 For Cabaye, 37. Rolled his sleeves up and got on with it Adam CAMPBELL........ 7 For Anita, 70. Always showed for the ball Not used: Harper, Perch, Bigirimana, Ameobi, Obertan. Players must play 75 minutes of regulation time to qualify for a star mark.

ANZHI 4-3-3: Gabulov 7, Eschenko 7, Joao Carlos 7, Zhirkov 8, Ewerton 7, Jucilei 7 Carcela-Gonzalez 6 Ahmedov 7, L Diarra 6 (Shatov 74 7), Boussoufa 7, Eto'o 7.


IT'S PARTY TIME United goal hero Papiss Cisse celebrates his dramatic late winner with Steven Taylor

KEY MOMENTS Papiss Cisse powers home his late winner last night as United clinched a place in the Europa League quarter-finals. Inset: Carcela-Gonzalez is shown the red card
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2013
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