Result: Newcastle United 1-0 Atromitos Athens

Alan Pardew
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Newcastle United sneak into the group stage of the Europa League courtesy of a 1-0 second-leg win over Atromitos at the Sports Direct Arena.

Newcastle United have sneaked into the group stage of the Europa League courtesy of a 1-0 second-leg win over Atromitos at the Sports Direct Arena.

Substitute Haris Vuckic scored the only goal of the game for the hosts, who earned a 1-1 draw in Greece last week.

Vuckic entered the fray as a 10th-minute substitute after Ryan Taylor had injured his right knee by landing awkwardly.

It took the 20-year-old Slovenia international just 11 minutes to make an impact, as he collected a quick throw-in from Danny Simpson on the right, before cutting inside and finding the net with a deflected volley from 25 yards.

Newcastle were dealt a huge slice of fortune on 43 minutes when, after spilling a long-range effort, goalkeeper Tim Krul appeared to bring down Chumbinho inside the six-yard box.

With most people expecting to see a penalty kick awarded and a red card shown to the Dutchman, referee Stephan Studer shocked everyone by booking Chumbinho for simulation.

Alan Pardew's men had dominated the first half but they had to endure a nervous final 45 minutes, as Atromitos poured forward in search of an equaliser that would have forced extra time.

Chumbinho had a goal correctly ruled out for offside and Walter Iglesias went excruciatingly close with a low drive late on.

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