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Newcastle lose 1 – 0

11 April 2009 No Comment

Newcastle’s Asian Champions League hopes have taken a significant blow after a 1-0 loss to Japanese side Nagoya Grampus at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Striker Sasho Petrovski missed the chance to become the Jets’ hero again after he had a 78th-minute penalty saved that would have given home side a share of the points.

A controversial goal to Nagoya midfielder Yoshizumi Ogawa in the 57th minute prompted Jets coach Gary van Egmond to bring on Petrovski after he surprisingly started on the bench.

The striker, who scored both goals in Newcastle’s historic 2-0 win over Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai here last month, made a quick impact when he won a spot kick after being brought down by defender Milos Bajalica.

But his tame penalty effort was hit straight to Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Nazaraki.

Having drawn 1-1 when the teams met in Nagoya a fortnight ago, the Jets were out for all three points in the reverse fixture on their patchy home ground, but ended the match with nothing.

They remain in the hunt to finish second in Group E and qualify for the knockout stages but are likely to need wins from their final two games – home to Beijing and away to Ulsan Hyundai.

The Jets went down in unlucky circumstances after an even first half.

They lost possession in Nagoya’s half after a Matt Thompson ball took a deflection of referee Ali Hamad Albadwawi.

The referee allowed play to continue, however, and Nagoya pushed downfield before substitute Sugimoto Keita combined with Ogawa, who fired in from close range.

Newcastle perhaps should have gone into halftime leading after wasting several clear cut chances.

Defender Angelo Costanzo, handed his first start for the club, wasted a great opportunity early on when he headed wide from a Fabio Vignaroli free kick.

Vignaroli, looking in fine form, set up another chance before his night was cut short when he was forced off with a hamstring injury in the 29th minute.

Nagoya also suffered an early blow with midfielder Magnum succumbing to injury a short time later.

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