Europa League

Newcastle holds Anzhi to draw

March 7, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
Hatem Ben Arfa passed up a golden opportunity to celebrate his 26th birthday in style as Newcastle claimed a hard-fought scoreless draw against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.

The Frenchman, making his first appearance since tearing a hamstring at Fulham on Dec. 10, was played in on goal by compatriot Yohan Cabaye with 64 minutes gone, but could not beat goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov with an ambitious chipped effort.

An away goal would have seen the Magpies take a significant step ...

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