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CONTINENTAL)TRAVELS)–)199812000)) NEWCASTLE UNITED AND EUROPE WAS SUDDENLY BECOMING A REGULAR PARTNERSHIP, FANS BEING RIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED IF QUALIFICATION WASN’T ACHIEVED A"er% the% previous% seasons% trailblazing% campaign% in% the% UEFA% Champions% League% (remember% Tino% and% THAT% Barcelona% game),% United% found% themselves% having% qualified% for% the% 1998H99% European% CupHWinners% Cup.% Their% route% of% entry% being% granted% a"er% having% reached% the% previous% seasons% FA% Cup% final% but% crashed% at% Wembley% courtesy% of% a% 2H0%reverse%against%Arsenal.%% The% CupHWinners% Cup% never% brought% much% fare% either% though.% Drawn% to% Yugoslav% side,% ParRzan% Belgrade,% in% the% First% Round,% hopes% were% slight% aloof% a"er% claiming% a% first% leg% victory.% Goals% from% the% legendary% number% nine,%Alan%Shearer,%and%Greek%defender,%Nikos% Dabizas,% afforded% Newcastle% a% 2H1% win;% but% that%away%goal%from%Belgrade%proved%costly.%% Away% in% the% second% leg% the% conRnental% exploits% of% the% Magpies% came% to% a% juddering% halt,% the% run% over% with% before% it% even% happened%a"er%a%goal%from%Rasovic%gave%the% Yugoslav’s% victory% on% the% away% goals% rule% following%a%2H2%aggregate%draw.%% Fast%forward%twelve%months%and%United%were% back% at% it% again,% this% Rme% qualifying% for% the% UEFA%Cup%having%reached,%and%again%lost,%the% FA% Cup% final% by% a% 2H0% scoreHline,% this% Rme% to% Manchester%United.%% However,%the%1999H2000%campaign%would%see% the% Magpies% play% six% matches% over% four% months% on% the% conRnent,% before% finally% crashing%in%Rome.%And%it%had%started%so%well.%% At% the% back% end% of% September% 1999% the% Magpies% faced% a% doubleHheader% with% Bulgarian% side,% CSKA% Sofia.% Away% in% the% first% leg,%the%Re%was%all%but%wrapped%up%a"er%the% diminuRve% duo% of% Nolberto% Solano% and% Temuri%Ketsbaia,%scored%the%goals%that%would% seal%a%2H0%win%and%set%up%what%actually%ended% up% being% a% nervy% second% leg% at% St.% James’% Park.%Sofia%struck%twice%in%that% return%leg%with%goals%by%Litera% and% Simeonov% but% goals% from% United’s%strike%duo%of%Shearer% and% Paul% Robinson,% earned% a% hard%fought%2H2%draw%and%put% the% seal% on% a% 4H2% aggregate% victory.%% 18 The%Second%Round%Re%was%comfortable%and%very% much%as%the%scoreHline%suggested%as%Swiss%ouait,% FC%Zurich,%were%taken%care%of%first%on%their%own% patch,%and%again%at%home%on%the%banks% of% the% Tyne;% Silvio% Maric% necng% in% both% legs.% In% Zurich% Maric% was% joined% on% the% scoreHsheet% % by% Shearer% as% United% claimed% a% 2H1% win% then,% back% home,% and% with% Maric% necng% again,% the% other% strikes% came% from% big% Duncan% Ferguson,% and% the% legend% that% is% Gary% Speed%(Rest%in%Peace).%That%was%in%a%3H1%victory% as%United%cruised%in%the%Third%Round%on%the%back% of%a%5H2%aggregate%win.%% The% Magpies% went% into% this% seasons’% European% campaign% under% the% guidance% of% Sir% Bobby% Robson% (Rest% in% Peace),% but% the% Third% Round% seemed% to% be% one% step% too% far% this% season.% Maybe%if%United%had%drawn%a%‘lesser%side,’%then% progression%may%have%arrived.%However,%a%plum% Re% was% to% be% afforded% the% Black% and% Whites’% with% Italian% giants,% AS% Roma,% placed% in% front% of% them.%% United%though%stayed%strong%and,%although%they% would% never% score% against% their% Italian% counterparts%over%the%two%legs,%they%were%felled% by% just% the% one% goal,% star% of% the% Gialarossi,) Francesco%Toc%scoring%in%the%stadio%Olimpico%to% earn%a%1H0%win.%The%second%leg%finished%goalless% between% the% two% sides% and% United% we