Goals from Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse and an own-goal from Henrique helped Newcastle cruise to a 3-0 Europa League victory over Bordeaux.
The win propels Newcastle to the top of Group D after the in-form French side failed to live up to their pre-match hype.
After an open start to the game, it was the away side who should have struck first, in the fifth minute. Ludovic Obraniak, found himself unmarked in the Newcastle box, but the Polish midfielder could only head over from five yards out when it seemed easier to score.
The French team were made to pay for their wastefulness, as just 10 minutes later Newcastle went ahead. A mazy run by Gabriel Obertan down the left had Bourdeaux’s right back in a spin. The former Manchester United man then played a superb low cross for Ameobi, who had the simplest task to tap in from a yard out at the far post.
The game was being played at a frantic pace, with both sides throwing men forward at will. The game was in the balance until Newcastle scored their second in the 40th minute in shocking circumstances.
Danny Simpson was played in down the right by Yohan Cabaye. His cross looked like it was going to be easily intercepted by Bordeaux keeper Cedric Carrasso, but from seemingly nowhere, Brazilian defender Henrique flew in front of the stopper to comically kung-fu kick the ball into his own net.
Vurnon Anita had a chance to make it 3-0 before half-time after being played in by Ameobi. But the former Ajax man could not find a way past Cedric Carrasso, who produced a fine save down to his right.
Four minutes into the second half, Bordeaux almost reduced the deficit in extraordinary fashion. Yoan Gouffran broke down the right hand side and produced a low cross for Henri Saivet. The Senegal winger tried an audacious mid-air back heel which hit the outside of the post, as United breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Yet just moments later the game was all but over. Shane Ferguson wriggled free down the left, and the Northern Irishman produced an excellent low cross which was clinically finished by Cisse – albeit off the striker’s shin.
Replays showed the Senegalese front man was marginally offside when the cross was made, but the goal still stood.
The last 35 minutes passed without incident, as Newcastle completed their seventh straight home win in Europe. The Toon Army now top Group D, and they will look to win their eighth straight European home tie against Club Brugge on October 25.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Gabriel Obertan – Newcastle United. The 23 year old was a constant threat down the left. He beautifully set up the first goal, and took his opportunity to shine against his old club with both hands.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot 6, Simpson 7, Williamson 8, Perch 7, Ferguson 7, Anita 5, Tiote 6, Cabaye 7, Cisse 6, Obertan 8, Ameobi 7. Subs: Harper 7, Gosling 6, Bigirmana 6.
GIRONDINS BORDEAUX: Carrasso 6, Mariano 5, Henrique 3, Planus 4, Tremoulinas 5, Sane 6, Plasil 5, Saivet 6, Obraniak 5, Jussie 5, Gouffran 6. Subs: Bellion 5, N’Guemo 6, Tidane 6.
- Shola Ameobi
- Papiss Cisse
- Gabriel Obertan