Newcastle cruise to victory


NEWCASTLE won their first match in Group D after a dominant display against France’s Bordeaux.

With a weekend fixture against Manchester United to prepare for, manager Alan Pardew had made seven changes to his side ­but they took the lead in the 16th minute with a sidefooted finish from Shola Ameobi after Gabriel Obertan’s cross and they thereafter never looked back.

The home side’s lead was doubled five minutes before half-time when the returning Danny Simpson’s cross was sent goalwards by Bordeaux defender Henrique and Papiss Cisse finished well, despite appearing offside, for their third just after the break.