Mallorca Were Real Physical Blasts Shearer

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Mallorca Were Real Physical Blasts Shearer


Byline: By Alan Oliver

Alan Shearer was kicked from pillar to post against Real Mallorca last night but this did not stop the Newcastle United skipper from firing his side into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.

Shearer was on the wrong end of probably his worst treatment in Europe since a brutal Ferencvaros defence manhandled him in Budapest back in 1996-97.

The United skipper scored one goal that night in Hungary but he made the Real Mallorca defence pay doubly for their sins last night.

His marker Federico Lussenhoff was the worst culprit - and indeed there were only 45 seconds on the clock when the Argentinian defender clattered into Shearer from behind with a challenge which Sir Bobby Robson described as "vicious."

Shearer's brace took him on to 16 goals for United in Europe - six more than Wyn Davies - but he revealed: "There were some bad things going on out there, which is disappointing.

"But you get the chance to answer back by scoring goals and that's the best thing you can do.

"When you get chances you have to take them and once we got in front we were never going to lose."

Robson was quite naturally delighted for his skipper, saying: "Alan was a fighting animal for us all night, but their defender got away with murder.

"It was a vicious tackle in the first minute, it was dangerous. The fellow could have broken his ankle and yet he got away unpunished."

Shearer's first goal came in the first minute of the second half when he latched on to a miscued clearance by Mallorca keeper Miki. …

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