UEFA Cup Round 2, October 29, 1996 – St. James’ Park
Asprilla (41, 58), Ginola (64), Ferdinand (90)
The champions of Hungary were 3-2 up on the first leg and was visiting St. James’ Park with highly hopes to coupe something from the homeside with their home win advantage. But Newcastle United was giving them a very hard night to forget, and was thrilled by the entertaining displays from the Lads at Gallowgate Ends.
Kevin Keegan fielded his experimental line-up, and pushed the Newcastle side to get the winning at the fortress of St. James’ Park. Keegan fielded only 3 defenders at the start. His adventurous tactics worked like a dream come true for the home side.
The first half turns into a one-way traffic on the Hungarian side of the field. They have defending desperately to hold on their first leg lead. David Ginola, Tino Asprilla and Les Ferdinand are continuosly threatened the visitor defensive side.
The visitor succeded to hold the neverending attack for the first 22 minutes. The real chance came in our way when Tino was being fouled inside the penalty area. But, it was something that many Geordies felt to be a frustrating night when Peter Beardsley struck the post from a penalty kick.
But, it was Philippe Albert headed down a corner from Gillespie in 41 minutes to give Tino Asprilla an opportunity to sweep the ball home from a close range.
In the second-half, Tino once again make it 2-0 for the Geordies side when he once again taking the advantage from Sarren Peacock knock-down ball. The scoreline makes Newcastle go ahead with 4-3 on the aggregrate and another goal would secure the evening for Newcastle to step up to the third round.
The third goal come in as a top drawer. Gillespie fired corner kick was cleared by the visitor defender to the edge of the box where Ginola is waiting. He controlled the ball with his chest, lifted it over the challenge before struck a looping volley into the top-right hand corner. It was one of the best goals ever seen at Gallowgate.
Beardsley, Asprilla and Robert Lee could all found the net, but at the closing stages, Warren Barton low cross find Ferdinand who slid the ball into the net. The game was end with a 4-0 win and 6-3 on aggregate. Kevin Keegan has done it again with his typical entertaining attacking style.
Srnicek, Peacock, Albert, Elliott, Batty, Gillespie (Barton), Ginola, Lee, Beradsley, Asprilla, Ferdinand.
Subs not used:
Watson, Kitson, Clark, Hislop
Szeiler, Telek, Kuznyecov (Arany), Hrutka, Nyilas, Szucs, Miriuta (Zavadszky), Jagodics, Nagy N, Horvath (Hollo), Nicsenko.
Subs not used: Nagy T, Simon
Att: 35, 470