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Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle
Riise takes on the Newcastle defence
Newcastle rescued something from their season by earning a place in the Uefa Cup with a draw at Liverpool.

Shola Ameobi put Newcastle ahead when he slotted home after being set up by team-mate Lee Bowyer.

Newcastle could have doubled their lead when Bowyer and Alan Shearer combined to set up Darren Ambrose to miss.

Liverpool levelled with a stunning strike from Michael Owen after a pinpoint pass from Steven Gerrard, but Newcastle held on for a crucial point.

The draw means Newcastle edge out Aston Villa for the final place in Europe on goal difference.

For much of the season the game was expected to be a Champions League decider.

But with Newcastle's challenge for fourth falling away there was just the 'consolation' of a Uefa Cup spot for the Magpies to battle for.

The Kop were at their cruellest, taunting the away fans with chants of 'Champions League - we're having a laugh'.

On the pitch Liverpool impressed early on with some neat passing, but Newcastle came out firing on all cylinders as they looked to snatch something from another season that promised so much but has delivered so little.

KEY MOMENTS
25 mins: Ameobi scores after good work from Bowyer
40 mins: Ameobi is forced off through injury
66 mins: Owen scores a delightful equaliser for the Reds
Liverpool were first to seriously threaten and after a flowing move Dietmar Hamann produced a nice strike against his former club that was straight at Shay Given.

But with Ameobi always a threat Newcastle responded with Bowyer testing Jerzy Dudek, who had to dive to his left to save.

Emile Heskey and Hamann both failed to find the target with efforts on goal before Danny Murphy set up Heskey who miscued a volley over the bar.

But it was the Magpies who took the lead as they hit Liverpool on the counter-attack and Bowyer picked out Ameobi in space and he found the net via the far post.

Ameobi was forced off with an ankle knock just before half-time, meaning a return to action for Craig Bellamy and the Welshman was immediately into the action with a free-kick off target.

John Arne Riise and Gerrard combined to cut back for Heskey but he completely mis-hit again.

Newcastle should have doubled their lead when Bowyer crossed for Shearer, who headed the ball back for Ambrose who spurned a simple chance from close range.

The much-maligned Newcastle defence was having one of their better days, but there was nothing they could do about Liverpool's equaliser.

Gerrard picked out Owen with an angled pass and the England striker, who had been well contained for much of the game, broke free to finish with a clinical strike.

There was some nervy moments late on for Newcastle as Liverpool pressed for a win, but the Magpies held on.


Liverpool: Dudek, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard, Kewell, Heskey, Owen.
Subs Not Used: Henchoz, Baros, Sinama Pongolle, Cheyrou, Harrison.

Booked: Kewell.

Newcastle: Given, Griffin (Caldwell 79), O'Brien, Bramble, Hughes, Ambrose (Robert 82), Bowyer, Speed, Dyer, Shearer, Ameobi (Bellamy 40).
Subs Not Used: Harper, Viana.

Booked: Ambrose.

Attendance: 44,172.

Referee: M Riley (W Yorkshire).




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