Ameobi keeps Magpies on Europa League track

Shola Ameobi's 14th European goal kept Newcastle's Europa League campaign on track on an eventful evening against Club Brugge.

The 31-year-old struck from younger brother Sammy's 43rd-minute pass two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dispatched a sweet volley to cancel out the 2-0 lead Brugge had been handed on a plate during an awful start by the visitors.

The Belgians went ahead with 14th minutes gone when Ivan Trickovski embarrassed skipper Fabricio Coloccini to register the first Group D goal conceded by Newcastle, and Jesper Jorgensen doubled their advantage within five minutes with Alan Pardew's men simply not at the races.

However, a side featuring eight changes to the one which ran out at Liverpool on Sunday managed to summon up a commendable response to take a point which means they remain at the top of the group.

They might even have emerged victorious had substitute Yohan Cabaye's 74th-minute free-kick not come back off the bar with keeper Bojan Jorgacevic stranded, although Tim Krul made vital second-half saves from Carlos Bacca, Mohamed Tchite and Vadis Odjidja as the home side finished strongly.

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