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Magpies held in controversial fashion
Striker Papiss Cisse saw two goals disallowed in a goalless draw as Newcastle failed to claim the first-leg lead over Metalist Kharkiv they so desperately wanted to take to Ukraine.
The Senegal international had a 23rd-minute effort controversially ruled out for offside, and then another 16 minutes from time for the same reason to leave the Magpies facing a stern test in next Thursday's Europa League last 32 second leg.
Cisse also passed up a series of other opportunities, the last of them an injury-time header from point-blank range, as the Magpies gradually gained the upper hand over the visitors, who nevertheless did more than enough on Tyneside to show they will be intensely difficult to beat on their own pitch.
It took 17 minutes for either side to muster an attempt at goal, and it was the Magpies who were first to threaten when Gabriel Obertan cut inside from Moussa Sissoko's square ball to drag a right-foot effort just wide.
However, the visitors should have taken the lead four minutes later after carving a path through the home defence. Marlos slid the ball in between Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon to set up skipper Jose Sosa, but after team-mate Cleiton Xavier accidentally blocked his path to goal, Newcastle smuggled his shot away.
The Magpies thought they had gone ahead when Obertan played Sissoko into space on the left and he squared for Cisse to tap home, but the offside flag had gone up before the ball had arrived at the Senegal international's feet, although replays suggested harshly so.
As play moved swiftly from end to end, Tim Krul had to dive to his left to claw away Xavier's 29th-minute header from Jonathan Cristaldo's left-wing cross, but Oleksandr Goryainov proved equally resilient two minutes later to deny Cisse one-on-one after Yohan Cabaye had split the Metalist defence.
Metalist went close twice within seconds, defender Fininho heading wide from Sosa's corner and then Cristaldo shooting wastefully wide with just Krul to beat.
Sylvain Marveaux's touch let him down after he had intercepted a Metalist throw-in to run in on goal seconds later, and Cisse had a second effort ruled out for offside after turning home Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's 74th-minute cross.
And Cisse might have snatched victory deep into stoppage time when he powered a header towards goal from Santon's cross, only for Goryainov to be in the right place at the right time once again.