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  Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 21:39 GMT
Newcastle swept aside
Craig Bellamy is sent-off for Newcastle
Bellamy receives his marching orders
Newcastle 1-4 Inter Milan
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Ten-man Newcastle suffered a nightmare start to the second phase of their Champions League campaign when they were thrashed at home by Inter Milan.

Newcastle were stunned after just 65 seconds when Domenico Morfeo blasted Inter into the lead.

And the Magpies were left reeling when Craig Bellamy was red-carded.

Bellamy was sent-off with five minutes gone after clashing with defender Marco Materazzi and became the fastest dismissal in Champions League history.

  Key incidents
2 mins: Morfeo puts Inter ahead
5: Bellamy is red-carded
35: Almeyda's thunderbolt extends Inter's lead
46: Crespo scores for Inter
71: Solano reduces Newcastle's deficit
81: Recoba adds Inter''s fourth

Newcastle captain Alan Shearer was fortunate to stay on the pitch for an apparent elbow before Matias Almeyda and Hernan Crespo struck before half-time for the Italian visitors.

Nolberto Solano pulled one back for the home team but Alvaro Recoba added a fourth for Inter.

It was a disappointing result for Newcastle, who lost their first three games in the first phase and wanted to avoid a poor start this time around.

But, with just over a minute gone, Inter's Javier Zanetti broke free on the right flank.

His low cross was just behind Argentine striker Hernan Crespo, who got a slight touch, but Morfeo was lurking at the far post and beat keeper Shay Given from an acute angle.

Fabio Cannavaro jumps on his team-mates after Inter's second
Cannavaro jumps on his team-mates after Inter's second

Newcastle's predicament worsened after five minutes when forward Bellamy was red carded for the second time in the Champions League this season.

Bellamy banned for three games a head-butting offence against Dynamo Kiev in September and he was dismissed against Inter after appearing to punch defender Materazzi.

Newcastle were then left to breathe a sigh of relief when Shearer escaped a possible red card.

Shearer appeared to catch Inter defender Fabio Cannavaro with an elbow as the two jostled for supremacy at a free-kick.

The home side were putting on a brave display despite the early set-backs but suffered another bodyblow when they went two goals down.


It was a horrible, cruel, unforgettable, unforgivable night
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson
Crespo hit the bar with a far post volley from an Emre corner before Almeyda unleashed a spectacular long range half-volley past keeper Given.

Any hopes the St James' Park outfit may have harboured of salvaging something from the game were all but ended in first-half injury time.

Left-back Aaron Hughes mis-timed a lunging tackle on Okan Buruk who was left with a clear run down the right flank.

He strode on before curling a low cross which Crespo slotted in at the near post for his ninth goal of the Champions League this season.

Newcastle tried to work their way back into the game after the interval and Dabizas had a header well-saved by Inter keeper Francesco Toldo while Shearer headed just over.

Solano grabbed a goal for Newcastle but a possible comeback was thwarted when substitute Recoba curled in a left-footed shot.


Newcastle: Given, Griffin, O'Brien, Dabizas, Hughes (Caldwell 85), Solano, Dyer, Speed, Viana (Robert 45), Bellamy, Shearer. Subs not used: Acuna, Jenas, LuaLua, Ameobi, Harper.
Sent off: Bellamy (6).

Inter Milan: Toldo, Javier Zanetti, Materazzi (Cordoba 15), Cannavaro, Pasquale, Okan (Dalmat 66), Emre, Almeyda, Morfeo, Crespo (Recoba 80), Vieri. Subs not used: Fontana, Di Biagio, Gamarra, Coco.
Booked: Cannavaro, Javier Zanetti, Crespo, Vieri.

Attendance: 50,108

Referee: Stephane Bre (France).


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