FK Zeljeznicar (a) Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round 1st leg
Half time: Zeljeznicar 0 Newcastle 0
55 mins Lomana
broke forward and Dyer nipped it off his toe before playing a one-two with
Shearer. Al touched it on for Kieron Dyer, making an angled run, who poked
it past the keeper before running to the away section to celebrate. Gettin!
Sir Bobby said:
"It can't be over. We've scored a goal away from home which is vital to us. It's better than 0-0 I'll tell you. We know that any draw at home will get us through. We're not looking to draw, but it puts us in a strong position to get through.
"But there's a lot to play for. Our
opponents tried very, very hard but our defence was very strong.
"They had a hostile crowd and it's not always easy. I know they can't play but they were very intimidating and that's an advantage for the home side.
"We got a great football goal and a hard pitch to play on, Dyer did well with it and Lomana LuaLua could have got another and sealed it.
"I'm trying to curtail some of Kieron's runs because sometimes he gets there and he can't get back, but it's difficult for me to stop him going forward because that's what you want from a player like him.
"What a goal he got. He just came out of the pack, out of midfield and nobody sees him and he's in with a great, clever goal."
Amar Osim commented:
"To win against Newcastle, you have to be very, very lucky and we were not so lucky tonight.
"It was a very big night for us, the first time such a strong team as this has played in Bosnia and it was a big night for the fans."
The gates to the Champions League group stage and its
financial rewards swung open for Bobby Robson in Sarajevo, courtesy
of a fine Kieron Dyer finish.
Thirty or so Newcastle fans waving England flags with too many pivos (beers) on board are goading the Sarajevo equivalent of the Tufty Club over a low fence....
United are wearing white numbers on a black square which are unusually readable. The ground is a bit like Munich with a running track around it. Toon fans are spread across the seats behind the goal - around 500 with army Scots & Irish swelling the numbers.
After speaking to our correspondent he sounds like he's well pivoed himself.... Huge roar as the game kicks off....
Three minutes gone Zeljeznicar score... but it's given offside.
Half an hour gone still 0-0 with United having the majority of the chances.
Half time and it's still goalless. Dabizas has been booked. Few chances for either side but signs that we may force a breakthrough. United will be kicking towards the Toon fans in the second half.
In a surprise second half move, coach David Geddis gets off the bench, fights through Police lines, runs half way up the away end and out through the exit into the night. No explanation given!
55 minutes 1-0 Dyer.
A bit of post-goal posturing as locals throw a few missiles and toon fans get annoyed with the policing.
Should have been 2-0 after 69 minutes. LuaLua was in the clear and had Dyer in acres of space but he failed to pass to him.
Shola Ameobi comes on for LuaLua.
Ameobi hit the bar with a few minutes left.
Three minutes of added time negotiated fairly comfortably. Good result to take back to Tyneside.
After a 25 minute lock-in we were led into a pitch
black car park, where they encountered Shearer and Robson giving
interviews to TV crews.
Predictably the lads were cheered enthusiastically by the fans, who surged towards the bus only to be held back by the local constabulary. After a short spell when most of the players were hailed and forced to wave to the crowd (except for one, but nobody joined in my chorus of "Wayne Quinn in the Champions League") the team pulled away into the night, complete with police escort.
A euphoric moment, immediately
contrasted by the sobering march back through the town past
It's almost impossible to comprehend the fact that
this city was under siege for almost half a decade, and thousands of it's
inhabitants died at the hands of their former countrymen.
However, the echoes of recent history do linger, with ample evidence of bullet holes riddling various houses and other buildings, hand-written memorials on the site of atrocities and of course the vast spread of new white crosses marking the final resting place of many.
is very much a city in transition, with reminders of what went on here in
the recent past contrasting with the positive attitude of the locals. If
your past is so shocking though, I suppose the only way to look is