Newcastle players Henri Saivet and Tim Krul had a night of European adventure to look forward to but Thursday ended in bitter disappointment for the pair.
Tim Krul was making his third consecutive appearance for AZ Alkmaar after things didn’t work out at Ajax but the Europa League tie ended up a disaster for the on loan keeper and his teammates.
Lyon had a two goal lead by half-time and then added another two after the break, the only respite for the home fans was when AZ pulled it back to 3-1 midway through the second-half with a penalty.
Lyon got their four goals from only seven efforts on target but AZ can count themselves very unlucky to have such an overwhelming 1-4 scoreline at home, as they edged possession (51%), had the same number of shots (14) and a load of corners (14).
That is now nine goals conceded in three AZ games for Tim Krul, following a 4-2 home defeat to PSV and 2-1 win away at Heerenveen.
His last Newcastle game before injury was the 6-1 hammering at Manchester City (five for Aguero) and in his nine matches early last season, he only kept one clean sheet and that was the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
Speaking of which, Henri Saivet and St Etienne were the visitors there last night, playing Manchester United for a place in the last 16.
The Newcastle midfielder actually played very well and came close to scoring but like his teammates Saivet just couldn’t find that end product.
Despite Man Utd taking the lead after 15 minutes through Ibrahimovic, the French team played some nice football and game the Premier League team a decent game.
Only tiring in the final stages, two more Ibrahimovic goals, the last one two minutes from time, meant it was a bit of a cruel 3-0 final scoreline.
As with all the Newcastle loan players, it will be interesting to see what happens in the summer and what Rafa’s plans will be.
Whilst they may have lost last night, at least these two Newcastle players are now getting some regular football at a decent level, which isn’t necessarily the case elsewhere.