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Match Report : 20/11/1968 v Sporting Lisbon
Newcastle United   1 1

Scorer(s): Pop Robson (10)

Sporting Lisbon   0 0
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 1968
Competition: Inter Cities Fairs Cup, Round 2 - 2nd Leg
Season: 1968-69
Venue: St James's Park
Kick Off: 7:30 pm
Attendance: 53,747
Referee: Gerhard Schulenburg (Laatzen, Germany)
First Half
10 mins
1-0Pop Robson. A free-kick, taken by Gibbs, was headed across the goal by Davies. Making a huge leap Robson met it and with both feet off the ground he shot the ball high into the roof of the net from ten yards out - a spectacular goal!
Second Half
58 mins
Sitoe on for Lourenço
75 mins

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Matchday Programme : 20/11/1968

Matchday Programme : 20/11/1968

Through To The Third Round

Newcastle United progressed to the Third Round of the Inter-Cities Fairs' Cup, beating Lisbon 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

Newcastle wasted no time in trying to build upon the 1-1 draw they got in the first leg. In the very first minute Davies missed a great chance, created by Scott. It took only ten minutes to get the goal - a spectacular effort by Robson - and the Lisbon goalkeeper was worked hard all evening. Indeed he made some excellent saves especially from Scott and Dyson. McFaul on the otherhand had very little to do. Even when the play of Sporting presented a chance their finishing was quite woeful.

In testament to Lisbon's defensive efforts - and Damas's saves - Newcastle were restricted to the single goal. However, Davies did have the ball in the back of the net in the second half only to have it dis-allowed as play had been stopped for an earlier infringement by Newcastle. As the game wore on it became obvious that Newcastle were more anxious not to risk their lead than they were on extending it. This lost them their forward rhythm and allowed Lisbon to play, and for the most part it was attractive football, but nothing that the Newcastle defence (and Lisbon's woeful finishing) could not handle.


Anon, 1968, Newcastle go forward, The Times, Thursday, November 21, 1968 [p13]