Magpies book Europa place

Haris Vuckic celebrates scoring the opening goal

Haris Vuckic celebrates scoring the opening goal

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Haris Vuckic's first senior Newcastle goal was enough to send the Magpies into the group stage of the Europa League.

The 20-year-old Slovenia international struck 21 minutes into the second leg of the club's play-off clash with Greek side Atromitos to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory.

However, although Alan Pardew's men dominated on the night, they were unable to kill the tie off before the final whistle and enjoyed a major escape when goalkeeper Tim Krul appeared to fell Chumbinho in the box two minutes before the break, only to see the Brazilian midfielder pick up a booking for diving.

Had it not been for the excellence of Atromitos keeper Charles Itandje, who at times was left to repel Newcastle single-handedly, the home side's place in Friday's draw in Monaco would have been assured long before the game drew to a close.

In the event, the first European fixture on Tyneside since March 2007 ended in victory for the Magpies and booked an extended stay in the tournament.

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