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  Wednesday, 28 August, 2002, 20:53 GMT 21:53 UK
Magpies join Europe's elite
Lomana Tresor LuaLua scoring his second against Zeljeznicar
LuaLua curls his goal into the bottom corner
Newcastle 4-0 Zeljeznicar Sarajevo (Agg 5-0)

Newcastle comfortably beat Zeljeznicar to confirm their place in the money-spinning group stages of the Champions League.

Kieron Dyer, Lomana Tresor LuaLua and Hugo Viana and Alan Shearer were the goalscorers for the Magpies in what was billed as their biggest game for five years.

Dyer struck midway through the first half with a delicate chip to add to his goal from the first leg which Newcastle won 1-0 in Bosnia.

And Lomana Tresor LuaLua celebrated in his trademark multiple somersault style after he extended Newcastle's lead with a clinical finish from 18 yards.

  Key incidents
22: Dyer opens the scoring for Newcastle
36: LuaLua adds the Magpies second
45: Seferovic's sting shot is saved by Given
60: Shearer 25-yard shot hits the post
69: Malalic sent-off for a foul on Ameobi
74: Viana adds a third for the Magpies
80: Shearer gets in on the act with a Magpies fourth

Viana and Shearer scored after the interval when the visitors had lost their motivation.

But Zeljeznicar had given the home side evidence that they should be taken seriously before the opening goal.

Sanel Jahic blazed a 35-yard shot just high of Magpies keeper Shay Given's goal.

Soon after, a Radonja shot almost squirmed through the legs of the Newcastle stopper who gathered at the second attempt.

Newcastle heeded the warnings the visitors had given them and striker Shearer will be disappointed he did not give them the lead after 21 minutes.

He escaped his markers to meet left-back Oilvier Bernard's cross but put his powerful header wide.

The home fans did not have long to wait for the opener though, with Dyer obliging to settle Newcastle nerves.

Zeljeznicar failed to pick up the England midfielder on one of his trademark runs forward but his St James Park team-mate Nolberto Solano had no such trouble.

Solano's first time ball over the top of the opposition defence released Dyer who scored with his first touch which was a delicate angled chip over keeper Kennan Hasagic.

Nolberto Solano congratulates goalscorer Kieron Dyer
Solano (left) and Dyer combined for Newcastle's opener

LuaLua further eased Newcastle's position with a goal after 36 minutes.

He picked the ball up on the edge of the Zeljeznicar area and unleashed a low curling shot into the bottom corner and past keeper Hasagic's despairing dive.

The 3-0 aggregate lead seemed to relax Newcastle and the visitors almost pulled one back on the stroke of half-time.

Sead Seferovic's stinging shot from10 yards forced an excellent save from Given.

Shearer hit the post on the hour mark before Zeljeznicar's exit was all but sealed with the sending-off of Edi Mulalic after 69 minutes.

Mulalic was dismissed for upending Shola Ameobi's run toward goal.

Portuguese winger Hugo Viana added a third for Newcastle after 74 minutes for his first goal for the club.

Shearer did not want to miss out on the goals and added a fourth for Newcastle after 80 minutes to compound the visitors' misery.


Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Bramble, Dabizas, Bernard, Solano, Dyer, Speed, Viana, Shearer, LuaLua. Subs: Harper, Elliott, O'Brien, Jenas, Griffin, Ameobi, Kerr.

Zeljeznicar Sarajevo: Hasagic, Jahic, Biscevic, Alihodzic, Mulaosmanovic, Mulalic, Cosic, Seferovic, Karic, Radonia, Guvo. Subs: Kruzik, Kajtaz, Tica, Silic, Mesic, Mudranic, Alajic.

Referee: F De Bleeckere (Belgium)

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