Newcastle hit the woodwork three times as they started their Europa League campaign with a goalless draw away to Maritimo on the island of Madeira.

Dan Gosling struck the foot of the post with a low drive on the half-hour.

And Shola Ameobi hit the bar with a curling shot, having earlier had a header pushed against the post.

Valentin Roberge's powerful header from a corner, nodded off the line by Davide Santon with 10 minutes to go, was as close as the Portuguese hosts came.

The game at Dos Barreiros stadium was Newcastle's first European appearance since their defeat in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup by Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the 2006-07 season.

Brothers in arms

When 20-year-old Sammi Ameobi was introduced as a substitute in the 53rd minute he joined older brother Shola on the pitch to make the pair the first siblings to play for Newcastle in European football.

Manager Alan Pardew named the same four-man defence that played in the 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton on Monday, but otherwise made seven changes.

Haris Vuckic, 20, joined captain-for-the-night Ameobi up front, and there was a debut for left-winger Romain Amalfitano, who signed in the summer from Stade de Reims.

Newcastle's much-changed starting XI began slowly on a dry, difficult pitch in front of a sparse crowd at a half-built stadium, and Newcastle's Rob Elliot soon had to produce a fine save to deny Maritimo's Sami.

When a corner was swung over the dynamic midfielder connected with a volley near the penalty spot, but the visiting keeper impressively tipped it over the bar.

Newcastle's midfield in particular struggled to impose themselves, but the visitors' first sustained period of pressure nearly brought reward.

On the half hour three corners in two minutes caused havoc in the Maritimo area, betraying the home side's vulnerability in the air.

First Santon's whipped dead ball dipped dangerously under the bar, forcing French keeper Romain Salin to palm the effort behind.

Newcastle centre-back Mike Williamson (pictured) then had his shot from the edge of the area blocked and, with the ball loose in the box, Ameobi's stooped header was bundled onto the post and behind by Salin.

Sparse support

The Dos Barreiros stadium in Madeira only has a 5,000 capacity for European games. Major redevelopment has halted because of the weak Portuguese economy.

From the resulting corner Gosling could not have come much closer, his rasping drive crashing against the foot of the post.

The woodwork saved the hosts yet again straight after the break. Ameobi dispossessed Joao Guilherme and charged forwards before unleashing a right-footed curling effort that rattled the crossbar.

But the lack of good fortune seemed to sap Newcastle's confidence as, in very hot temperatures 1,800 miles from home, their energy levels dropped along with their creativity.

Magpies boss Pardew brought on Sammi Ameobi to join older sibling Shola - making them the first brothers to appear on the same pitch for Newcastle in European football - in an attempt to inject some pace.

However, if anything Maritimo dominated the final 15 minutes and could well have won the game when a Goncalo Abreu corner was flicked on at the near post.

Roberge met the ball with a fierce header that cracked against the underside of the crossbar and was only kept out as Santon showed fine reactions to head the ball off the line.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Maritimo

  • 77 Salin
  • 16 Valentin
  • 18 Luis Olim
  • 21 Briguel
  • 44 Joao Guilherme
  • 05 Rafael Miranda
  • 10 Heldon (Fidelis - 54' )
  • 20 Joao Luiz
  • 90 Simao Booked (Abreu - 75' )
  • 17 Sami
  • 30 Danilo Dias (Adilson - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lima De Oliveira
  • 02 Diogo
  • 03 Marcio Rosario
  • 04 Rossi Branco
  • 08 Abreu
  • 09 Fidelis
  • 26 Adilson

Newcastle

  • 21 Elliot
  • 03 Santon Booked
  • 06 Williamson
  • 14 Perch
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 15 Gosling
  • 17 Amalfitano Booked (Ferguson - 76' )
  • 20 Bigirimana Booked
  • 25 Obertan (Marveaux - 80' )
  • 29 Vuckic (Sa Ameobi - 53' )
  • 23 Sh Ameobi

Substitutes

  • 37 Harper
  • 31 Ferguson
  • 34 Tavernier
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 39 Abeid
  • 49 Campbell
  • 28 Sa Ameobi
Ref: Schorgenhofer
Att: 4,000

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

5 4

Corners

8 5

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:47

Nuno Briguel produces a cross, Philipe Fidelis produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

90:00 +1:37

Corner taken by Granemann Adilson from the right by-line.

90:00 +1:22

Shot by Nuno Goncalo Abreu from 20 yards. Save by Rob Elliot.

88:39

Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Nuno Briguel. Free kick taken by Nuno Briguel.

86:13

Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nuno Goncalo Abreu. Miguel Luis Olim takes the direct free kick.

85:08 Booking

Booking Davide Santon is given a yellow card.

84:57

The official flags Davide Santon offside.

83:28

Conceicao Rafael Miranda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Gael Bigirimana.

81:19 Substitution

Substitution Granemann Adilson is brought on as a substitute for Leandro Danilo Dias.

80:15

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nuno Goncalo Abreu, Valentin Roberge takes a shot.

79:40 Substitution

Substitution Sylvain Marveaux comes on in place of Gabriel Obertan.

79:05

Corner taken left-footed by Nuno Goncalo Abreu from the left by-line, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.

76:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mike Williamson. Free kick taken by Romain Salin.

75:48

Leandro Danilo Dias challenges Shane Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Bigirimana takes the free kick.

75:01 Substitution

Substitution Shane Ferguson replaces Romain Amalfitano.

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Nuno Goncalo Abreu replaces Martins David Simao.

71:07

Leocisio Sami has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

69:42

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leandro Danilo Dias.

69:22

Leocisio Sami takes a shot. Rob Elliot makes a save.

68:27

Philipe Fidelis challenges Gael Bigirimana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.

67:30

Nuno Briguel takes the free kick.

67:30 Booking

Booking Romain Amalfitano receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:25

Romain Amalfitano concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires Joao Luiz.

65:43

Long range effort from Leandro Danilo Dias misses to the left of the target.

65:06

Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Romain Salin.

63:43

Shot by Leme Joao Guilherme went wide of the right-hand post.

62:00

Sammy Ameobi has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. Corner taken right-footed by Gael Bigirimana.

61:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Valentin Roberge. Free kick taken by Gael Bigirimana.

59:51

Leocisio Sami fouled by Sammy Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leocisio Sami.

58:49

Centre by Leocisio Sami, Philipe Fidelis produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

57:39

Mike Williamson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nuno Briguel. Direct free kick taken by Romain Salin.

57:07

Conceicao Rafael Miranda concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Ameobi. Free kick taken by James Perch.

56:21

Shot by Romain Amalfitano from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

54:26

James Perch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leocisio Sami. Leocisio Sami restarts play with the free kick.

53:37 Substitution

Substitution (Maritimo) makes a substitution, with Philipe Fidelis coming on for Ramos Heldon.

52:22 Substitution

Substitution Sammy Ameobi comes on in place of Haris Vuckic.

51:13

The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, Leme Joao Guilherme manages to make a clearance.

50:27

Martins David Simao challenges Dan Gosling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.

49:48

Haris Vuckic takes a shot. Save by Romain Salin.

48:47

The official flags Haris Vuckic offside. Romain Salin takes the indirect free kick.

48:21

Effort from 25 yards by Martins David Simao. Save made by Rob Elliot.

47:24

Romain Amalfitano fouled by Ramires Joao Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Rob Elliot restarts play with the free kick.

47:02

Shola Ameobi takes a shot.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:58 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:10 Booking

Booking Martins David Simao goes into the book for dissent.

44:07

Direct free kick taken by Ramos Heldon.

44:07 Booking

Booking The referee books Gael Bigirimana for unsporting behaviour.

44:06

Gael Bigirimana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramires Joao Luiz.

42:20

Corner taken right-footed by Gael Bigirimana.

39:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Romain Salin.

36:22

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan, Nuno Briguel gets a block in.

32:04

Effort on goal by Ramires Joao Luiz from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

31:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Miguel Luis Olim. Free kick taken by Miguel Luis Olim.

30:53

Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Romain Salin.

30:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires Joao Luiz on Haris Vuckic. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.

27:16

Save made by Romain Salin. Mike Williamson takes a shot. Shola Ameobi has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post. Outswinging corner taken by Gael Bigirimana from the right by-line. Dan Gosling has an effort at goal from just outside the box hitting the post.

26:39

Corner taken right-footed by Gael Bigirimana.

26:14

Inswinging corner taken by Romain Amalfitano, Romain Salin makes a save.

25:56

Haris Vuckic has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

22:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Haris Vuckic on Conceicao Rafael Miranda. Miguel Luis Olim takes the direct free kick.

21:07

The referee blows for offside against Leocisio Sami. Rob Elliot takes the indirect free kick.

20:07

Long range shot by Martins David Simao goes over the bar.

18:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martins David Simao from the right by-line to the near post.

17:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leocisio Sami by Mike Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Conceicao Rafael Miranda.

15:36

Valentin Roberge challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gael Bigirimana from right wing, Leme Joao Guilherme fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Romain Salin takes the direct free kick.

14:26

Effort from the edge of the area by Ramires Joao Luiz goes wide of the left-hand upright.

11:53

Leocisio Sami takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot.

11:04

Unfair challenge on Gael Bigirimana by Leandro Danilo Dias results in a free kick. Rob Elliot takes the direct free kick.

10:52

Inswinging corner taken by Ramos Heldon from the left by-line.

10:07

Ramos Heldon takes the inswinging corner, Leocisio Sami produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 12 yards. Fantastic save by Rob Elliot.

9:51

Inswinging corner taken by Martins David Simao.

6:53

Valentin Roberge challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Romain Amalfitano takes the free kick. Mike Williamson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Romain Salin.

5:58

The official flags Shola Ameobi offside. Romain Salin restarts play with the free kick.

4:30

Leocisio Sami challenges Dan Gosling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.

1:31

Centre by Ramos Heldon.

1:08

Dan Gosling concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires Joao Luiz. Free kick taken by Valentin Roberge.

0:15

Gael Bigirimana concedes a free kick for a foul on Martins David Simao. Free kick taken by Leme Joao Guilherme.

0:00

The game begins.

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