Newcastle United best Lillestrom

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Newcastle United kept their hopes of claiming a UEFA Cup place alive with a three-nil away win over Lillestrom in the Intertoto Cup on Saturday.

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Newcastle United kept their hopes of claiming a UEFA Cup place alive with a three-nil away win over Norwegian side Lillestrom in the Intertoto Cup on Saturday. Newcastle entered the match as favourites, but they had plenty of work to do after being held one-all in the first leg at St James' Park. Striker Shola Ameobi returned to the Magpies starting line-up. Major threat He was a constant threat throughout the first half before the former England under-21 international delighted Newcastle's supporters by scoring the opening goal in the 29th minute. Lillestrom keeper Otto Fredrikson managed to parry Charles N'Zogbia's goalbound strike, but Ameobi pounced on the loose ball and calmly slotted it into the corner of the net. Seven minutes later, Ameobi was celebrating a second goal. The lead-up work would have delighted Newcastle coach Glenn Roeder. A superb ball from defender Stephen Carr found midfielder Scott Parker, who then delivered a pinpoint cross to Ameobi. Finishing touch The 24-year-old striker provided the finishing touch to give the visitors a crucial two-nil lead that put them three-one ahead on aggregate. Lillestrom had chances to get back into the match in the second half, but couldn't convert them. Instead, Turkish midfielder Emre Belozoglu made it three in the 90th minute with a curling left-foot strike from just outside of the penalty area as the Magpies' four-one aggregate win saw them progress to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. (AP)

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