|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Newcastle United||4-2||AZ Alkmaar|
| Steinsson 8 (og),
| Arveladze 31,
|Date: 08/03/2007 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: UEFA Cup|
|Match Report||Submitted on 16/04/2007 by ?|
|This was our 13th game in Europe this season - so far we've had ten wins and three draws.
The first real action came after 8 mins when a neat flick by Duff down the United left released Dyer into space and his pull back from the byline was turned into the Leazes End net past his own 'keeper by the Icelander Steinsson, with Martins in close attendance but not near enough to get a touch and claim the goal.
Then on 22mins we made it 2-0 after a fabulous Sibierski flick from Butt's through ball played Dyer in and he maintained his improved form in one on one's as he burst into the box from the right side and lifted it beyond the advancing Waterman.
Within a minute, Parker's block tackle stopped an AZ advance and allowed Sibierski to threaten down the left channel, playing it forward to Martins, produced a fabulous run to take two defenders out of the game before converting with a low strike from the edge of the box. 3-0 should have guaranteed a place in the next round. However in typical Toon fashion we allowed them back into the game, keeping the tie in the balance. Julian Jenner centred from the right for ex-Rangers man Arveladze to headed home off the underside of the crossbar.
We still had time to restore the three goal advantage before half time when, on 37mins Martins hit an excellent first-time effort after Solano had pulled the ball back to him from the right flank. 4-1
The game was to take another turn on 72mins when the referee harshly punished Steven Taylor for a handball in our area. The ball was hit at our man from close range but Taylor had his arm away from his side and didn't complain much about the award.
Given saved Dembele's weak kick and Parker put in a fabulous tackle to prevent the taker converting the rebound. However, the ball fell to Koevermans who was able to dispatch the ball past Bramble and Given on the line.
We will hopefully progress further in this competition, but AZ's admirable home record in cup competitions and our enduring ability to screw things up mean that this one isn't over yet.