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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 July, 2003, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK
Chelsea lift Asia Cup
Chelsea celebrate their penalty shoot-out win over Newcastle
Chelsea celebrate their win
Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea
(Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

Chelsea lifted the Asia Cup in Malaysia after beating Premiership rivals Newcastle in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Chelsea dominated the final in Kuala Lumpur but could not find a way past Shay Given in the Newcastle goal.

But they were eventually gifted the trophy by Jermaine Jenas, whose cheeky spot-kick floated over the bar to decide the sudden-death shoot-out.

Alan Shearer and Laurent Robert also missed penalties for Newcastle as 14 spot-kicks were needed to separate the sides.

But Chelsea deserved their win after dominating throughout the 90 minutes of normal time.

Goalkeeper Given was included in the Newcastle side, despite suffering from heat exhaustion the previous evening.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Birmingham 1-2 Newcastle
Malaysia 1-4 Chelsea
Malaysia 0-4 Birmingham
Final
Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea
But the way the game started, it looked as though both teams would finish full of exhausted players.

A skilful spin on the edge of the Chelsea box by Shola Ameobi nearly carved open an early opportunity for Newcastle.

But it was Chelsea who threatened more in a frenzied opening spell.

Given saved well at the feet of Eidur Gudjohnsen early on and was then called into action again to beat away Boudewijn Zenden's 20-yard effort.

Chelsea looked by far the sharper, with Jesper Gronkjaer clearly keen to impress.

Gronkjaer, whose place is under threat following the 17m capture of Damien Duff, was pacy and inventive.

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Much the same could have been said about Chelsea in general and Claudio Ranieri's side were unfortunate not to take the lead on the half hour following the best move of the game.

Excellent build-up play through the centre circle led to new signing Wayne Bridge flying down the left wing and crossing low for Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, who poked wide under pressure from Jonathan Woodgate.

Newcastle's disappointing first-half display prompted Sir Bobby Robson to introduce Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy, Keiron Dyer and Lee Bowyer at half-time.

But Chelsea, who remained unchanged, continued to dominate.

Glen Johnson saw a cross almost catch out Given, who had to be alert to turn the ball over his crossbar.

Soon after, Given's headed clearance under pressure from Gudjohnsen eventually dropped for Zenden to lob just wide of an empty net.

Chelsea's Robert Huth and Newcastle's Carl Cort
Huth hacks clear from Cort
As Chelsea continued to dominate, Gronkjaer appealed optimistically for a penalty as he tumbled under Andy O'Brien's challenge, though had he stayed on his feet he would have been presented with a tap-in as Given and O'Brien got in a muddle.

Given remained Newcastle's busiest player and did well to push away Frank Lampard's chipped effort 16 minutes from time, the England midfielder going close again soon after with a long range drive.

Newcastle keeper Given nearly underlined his fine display with penalty shoot-out heroics, but his saves from Damien Duff and Hasselbaink were not enough to deny Chelsea victory.


Newcastle: Given, Hughes, O'Brien, Woodgate, Bernard, Solano, Speed, Jenas, Viana, Cort, Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Griffin, Dyer, Shearer, Bellamy, Chopra, Bowyer, Caldwell, Ambrose, Bramble, Robert.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Johnson, Terry, Huth, Bridge, Gronkjaer, Lampard, Nicolas, Zenden, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen. Subs: Ambrosio, Melchiot, Kneissl, Duff, Forssell, Kitamarike, Keenan, Cole.

Referee: A D'Urso (Essex)




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