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Match Report : 13/08/1997 v NK Croatia
Newcastle United   2 1

Scorer(s):     J Beresford (21, 75)

NK Croatia   1 0
Scorer(s):     Cvitanovic (51)
Competition: European Champions League, Qualifying Round 2, 1st Leg
Season: 1997-98
Venue: St James's Park
Attendance: 34,465
Referee: L. Kronpl (Czech Republic)
Newcastle United
Manager: Kenny Dalglish MBE
 Seamus Given
 Stephen Watson
 Alessandro Pistone
 Phillipe Albert(On As A Substitute Stephen Howey, 67)
 Stuart Pearce
 David Batty
 Robert Lee
 Temuri Ketsbaia
 Faustino Asprilla Hinestroza
 Jon Dahl Tomasson(On As A Substitute Keith Robert Gillespie, 56)
 John Beresford
Unused Subs: Pavel Srnicek, Peter Beardsley, Jimmy Crawford, Brian Pinas, Aaron Hughes
NK Croatia
Manager: Marijan Vlak
 Drazen Ladic
  Srdan Mladinic
  Goran Juric
  Dario Simic
  Daniel Saric(On As A Substitute Stjepan Tomas, 84)
  Silvio Maric(On As A Substitute Mujorin, 89)
  Krunoslav Jurcic
  Damir Krznar
  Robert Prosinecki
 Mark Viduka
  Igor Cvitanovic
Unused Subs: Ibirahimovic, Stefeful, Brlenic, Svitanovic, Petrovic
First Half
21 mins
Goal
1-0John Beresford. A great move down the right culminated in Asprilla playing an angled ball into the feet of Lee just inside the area. Lee, inturn, played an equally pinpoint ball across the six-yard box which left Beresford with an easy sidefooted punt into the net.
Second Half
51 mins
Goal
1-1Cvitanovic. A through ball from Maric was chased down by Cvitanovic and as Given came off his line he was able to produce a slide-rule finish beyond him and into the right hand corner.
56 mins
Substitution
67 mins
Substitution
75 mins
Goal
2-1John Beresford. Ladic, in possession, was tackled by Asprilla and the ball came ricocheting from the challenge. It fell to Beresford who did very well to fire home from a narrow angle.
84 mins
Substitution
Stjepan Tomas on for Daniel Saric
89 mins
Substitution
Mujorin on for Silvio Maric

toon1892 comment...

Matchday Programme : 13/08/1997

Advantage Newcastle

They don't happen often, but when they do they are mightily appreciated - goals from John Beresford that is! How important will this brace from him be to Newcastle in the second leg in a fortnights time?

In what was a good performance, but not great, the rare goals from Beresford make it advantage to Newcastle - but the away goal conceded quite cheaply, may prove extremely expensive in the return game.