Newcastle United are through to the Europa League Round of 16 courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Metalist Kharkiv tonight.
Alan Pardew’s Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw by the Ukrainians last week but managed to edge their way into the next phase of the competition 1-0 on aggregate via a Shola Ameobi penalty.
The Toon veteran coolly slotted home his 15th European goal from the spot in the 64th minute after January signing Moussa Sissoko had been brought down in the area by Metalist keeper Olexandr Goryainov.
Newcastle, who had two goals disallowed last week, deserved the victory by creating a number of chances early on but had to call on gloveman Tim Krul to deny a double chance from Jonathan Cristaldo with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Nonetheless, the Toon achieved the required result to move through to the Round of 16 where they will meet the winner of the Anzhi Makhachkala versus Hannover clash which the Russians lead 3-1.
2012/13 UEFA Europa League – Round of 32 second leg
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv – 39,973