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Result: Gabriel Obertan goal downs Club Brugge

Gabriel Obertan scores the only goal of the game as Newcastle move clear at the top of Europa League Group D with a 1-0 win over Club Brugge.

Gabriel Obertan scored just his second Newcastle United goal to give the Magpies a hard-earned 1-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League tonight.

Gabriel Obertan celebrates scoring for Newcastle© PA Photos

Obertan's 48th-minute strike gave Newcastle a deserved lead and while Brugge dominated the rest of the action, they could not find an equalising goal.

Papiss Cisse, one of nine players recalled to Alan Pardew's much-changed starting lineup, twice wasted good headed opportunities in the first period as the sides entered the break goalless.

Former Manchester United winger Obertan ended the stalemate soon after the interval by firing in from the right edge of the penalty area following Sammy Ameobi's pass.

Brugge seemed to be ignited by Newcastle's opener and immediately launched a succession of attacks on Steve Harper's goal.

However, some wasteful finishing cost the Belgians a point as they squandered numerous equalising chances.

Striker Carlos Bacca was the chief culprit, heading over from six yards after being found unmarked in the box.

The Colombian had previously tested Harper with a stinging low shot, while the Magpies stopper was also called into action to deny Lior Rafaelov.

Newcastle themselves had chances to make their lead more comfortable, but both Ameobi and Shane Ferguson were off-target with their efforts.

Pardew brought captain Fabricio Coloccini off the bench, and his introduction helped the hosts sure things up in defence and hang on for the points.

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