Newcastle were held to a goalless draw by Metalist Kharkiv in the last 32 of the Europa League but will rue several chances and two disallowed goals.
Papiss Cisse twice had the ball in the net, only to be denied by the assistant's flag with each decision looking close.
Cisse could not finish when he was one-on-one with the Metalist keeper or tuck in Davide Santon's cross.
Cleiton Xavier had a header saved and shot wide for the Ukrainian side.
On another night, Cisse could have had a hat-trick, and even in stoppage time he had a back-post header saved by the impressive Olexandr Goryainov.
- Prior to this game, Newcastle had scored in each of their last 14 European games at home, a run going back to 2004 (via Opta)
Although Newcastle will travel to Ukraine for the second leg next Thursday having drawn a blank, this performance will give them hope they can score an away goal.
Having rediscovered their bounce since the January transfer window when boss Alan Pardew signed a raft of French players, this was another display in which Moussa Sissoko shone.
On his European debut for Newcastle, he provided much of his side's thrust with Yohan Cabaye orchestrating from a deep-lying midfield position.
But the duo were perhaps let down by Cisse's finishing touch as the hosts finished strongly against a tiring Metalist team, who were competing in their first game since the start of December because of their winter break.
Sissoko was the more advanced of the French duo and set up Gabriel Obertan, who dragged his shot wide, before the game's first big talking point.
Cisse had the ball in the net after Sissoko squared to him, but Newcastle's new star was incorrectly ruled offside after bursting through the Metalist defence.
In a lively opening, both teams were willing to attack, subsequently leaving gaps in midfield. Xavier went close on three occasions with right-winger Marlos often dangerous as he bore down on Newcastle left-back Santon.
The visitors qualified top of their group in the previous round and, with a vast array of south American talent on show, there was plenty of invention.
Newcastle continued to find space, though. Cisse should have scored when put clean through by Cabaye, but could not beat Goryainov, the only Ukrainian-born player in the Metalist starting line-up.
Cisse, who has scored seven goals this season, was off-target from another Cabaye pass after the break, and soon after Cristaldo shot wide with only Tim Krul in the home goal to beat.
The game became more scrappy at the start of the second period, but around the hour mark Pardew's men began to gather momentum with Cisse denied by Goryainov, and then the assistant's flag when he met Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's cross to score.
Like Sissoko he was adjudged to be offside, but replays showed the decision was marginal as he converted via the post.
Cisse could not score from several more chances, but on this display Newcastle will travel to eastern Europe with some encouragement.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "Both goals are onside and fundamentally the officials got them wrong. It was a great game, they are good side and we played a great game tonight, we were physical and technical enough and in these games those are the margins.
"I can accept one but twice is tough to take. The law says it should favour the striker and both those decisions were level."
- 01 Krul
- 02 Coloccini
- 03 Santon
- 13 Yanga-M'Biwa
- 27 S Taylor
- 04 Cabaye Booked
- 07 Sissoko Booked
- 18 Gutierrez Booked
- 24 Tiote Booked (Sh Ameobi - 79' )
- 25 Obertan (Marveaux - 62' )
- 09 Cisse
- 21 Elliot
- 05 Simpson
- 14 Perch
- 35 Haidara
- 08 Anita
- 22 Marveaux
- 23 Sh Ameobi
FC Metalist Kharkiv
- 29 Goryainov
- 03 Villagra
- 06 Torsiglieri
- 15 Fininho
- 08 Edmar
- 10 Cleiton
- 11 Sosa
- 19 Torres Booked
- 25 Marlos (Willian - 73' Booked )
- 30 Gueye
- 21 Cristaldo (Jakson - 81' )
- 81 Disljenkovic
- 04 Berezovchuk
- 05 Shelayev
- 23 Sebastian Blanco
- 50 Jakson
- 55 Oleg Krasnopyorov
- 86 Willian
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +2:44
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Oleksandr Goryainov makes a save.90:00 +2:22
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance made by Papa Gueye.90:00 +1:56
Gomes Willian takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.90:00 +1:30
Avelino Coelho Jakson produces a cross.90:00 +0:11
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.90:00 +0:11 Booking
Booking Juan Manuel Torres booked for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +0:04
Juan Manuel Torres challenges Moussa Sissoko unfairly and gives away a free kick.87:13
Free kick taken by Steven Taylor.87:13 Booking
Booking Gomes Willian is cautioned.87:07
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Gomes Willian.85:52
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Avelino Coelho Jakson by Davide Santon. Free kick crossed by Jose Sosa, clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Corner taken by Gomes Willian from the left by-line, Jonas Gutierrez makes a clearance.85:12
Free kick taken by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier.85:12 Booking
Booking Jonas Gutierrez receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.85:09
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Avelino Coelho Jakson unfairly and gives away a free kick.84:23
Unfair challenge on Moussa Sissoko by De Lacerda Edmar results in a free kick. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.82:52
The ball is delivered by Shola Ameobi, clearance by Juan Manuel Torres.81:30
Jose Sosa takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.80:17
Papa Gueye takes the free kick.80:17 Substitution
Substitution (FC Metalist Kharkiv) makes a substitution, with Avelino Coelho Jakson coming on for Jonathan Cristaldo.
Booking Moussa Sissoko is given a yellow card.80:01
Moussa Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Torsiglieri.79:38
Steven Taylor takes a shot. Save by Oleksandr Goryainov.77:34
Cristian Villagra takes the free kick.77:34 Substitution
Substitution Shola Ameobi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cheick Tiote.77:34
De Lacerda Edmar fouled by Moussa Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick.76:34
Corner taken by Gomes Willian, save by Tim Krul.76:26
The ball is crossed by Jose Sosa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.74:04
A cross is delivered by Gomes Willian, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.73:17
The offside flag is raised against Papiss Cisse. Oleksandr Goryainov takes the free kick.72:19 Substitution
Substitution Bonfim Marlos leaves the field to be replaced by Gomes Willian.71:20
Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, save made by Oleksandr Goryainov.69:21
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvain Marveaux. Direct free kick taken by Oleksandr Goryainov.69:01
Effort on goal by Papiss Cisse from 12 yards. Save by Oleksandr Goryainov.63:32
Jose Sosa fouled by Sylvain Marveaux, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marco Torsiglieri. Unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse by Marco Torsiglieri results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.61:19 Substitution
Substitution Sylvain Marveaux replaces Gabriel Obertan.60:50
Gabriel Obertan has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.57:27
Foul by De Lacerda Edmar on Steven Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.55:50
Shot by Juan Manuel Torres from outside the box goes over the target.53:47
Davide Santon delivers the ball, Papa Gueye manages to make a clearance.52:44
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross.51:06
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.50:15
Centre by Gabriel Obertan, save by Oleksandr Goryainov.48:52
Corner taken right-footed by Jose Sosa from the right by-line to the near post, Vinicius Fininho has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. Jonathan Cristaldo produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.48:23
The ball is delivered by Cristian Villagra, Davide Santon makes a clearance.45:13
The ball is delivered by Papiss Cisse.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +1:06 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.44:16
Unfair challenge on Bonfim Marlos by Davide Santon results in a free kick. Cristian Villagra takes the free kick.43:04
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Sissoko on Juan Manuel Torres. Cristian Villagra takes the direct free kick.42:39
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Jose Sosa, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.40:56
Centre by Jose Sosa.39:33
Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.38:10
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save made by Oleksandr Goryainov. Foul by Gabriel Obertan on Oleksandr Goryainov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Oleksandr Goryainov.37:35
Foul by De Lacerda Edmar on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.36:23
The ball is crossed by Moussa Sissoko, Papa Gueye makes a clearance.35:18
Bonfim Marlos produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.34:26
Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier takes a shot from 25 yards. Tim Krul makes a save.34:13
The ball is sent over by Yohan Cabaye, save made by Oleksandr Goryainov.32:30
Jose Sosa crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Cheick Tiote makes a clearance.32:30 Booking
Booking Yohan Cabaye is cautioned.32:09
Foul by Yohan Cabaye on Jonathan Cristaldo, free kick awarded.30:45
Shot by Papiss Cisse. Save by Oleksandr Goryainov.30:07
Cheick Tiote has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.29:33
Corner from left by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.28:11
Juan Manuel Torres sends in a cross, Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Outswinging corner taken by Bonfim Marlos from the right by-line played to the near post, Tim Krul makes a save. De Lacerda Edmar concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.27:15
Cristian Villagra takes the free kick.27:15 Booking
Booking Cheick Tiote receives a caution.27:12
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Bonfim Marlos.26:33
Cheick Tiote fouled by Juan Manuel Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.25:11
The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Obertan. Free kick taken by Cristian Villagra.22:36
The referee blows for offside against Moussa Sissoko. Oleksandr Goryainov takes the free kick.21:54
Vinicius Fininho challenges Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.19:13
Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Cristaldo. Free kick taken by Vinicius Fininho.18:16
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, clearance by De Lacerda Edmar.17:31
De Lacerda Edmar concedes a free kick for a foul on Davide Santon. Cheick Tiote restarts play with the free kick.16:57
Shot from outside the area by Gabriel Obertan misses to the left of the target.16:05
Yohan Cabaye challenges Juan Manuel Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marco Torsiglieri takes the direct free kick.14:22
Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier manages to make a clearance.13:13
The official flags Papiss Cisse offside. Papa Gueye takes the direct free kick.13:00
The ball is crossed by Vinicius Fininho, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.12:11
Centre by Cristian Villagra, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.10:08
Davide Santon sends in a cross, Marco Torsiglieri makes a clearance.8:33
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jose Sosa, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.7:06
Yohan Cabaye takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier.5:15
Cheick Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bonfim Marlos. Bonfim Marlos takes the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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