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Newcastle and AZ Alkmaar progress

LONDON, MARCH 17. Newcastle and AZ Alkmaar reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup on Wednesday, and Villarreal held Steaua Bucharest to a 0-0 draw in its first leg match. Alan Shearer scored his 190th and 191st goals for Newcastle, which beat Olympiakos 4-0 and 7-1 on aggregate.

Kieron Dyer opened the scoring in the 18th minute, taking a chip from Laurent Robert in the box and twisting around to poke the ball past Olympiakos goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis at the near post.

Shearer missed two first-half chances, sending one over the bar and a header wide. He finally scored in the 45th minute from a Dyer cross which hit the legs of Nikopolidis as it went in.

Newcastle's third goal came in the 54th minute with Nikopolidis scooping Lee Bowyer's header off the line but unable to keep out the midfielder's follow up.

Shearer scored again in the 69th minute, running onto a Jermaine Jenas pass, eluding Nikopolidis and chipping the ball into the net.

AZ Alkmaar joined Newcastle in the final eight with a 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk for a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Barry van Galen and Martijn Meerdink scored a goal each for AZ, which is also in second place in the Dutch league behind PSV Eindhoven and looking for a spot in next season's Champions League. Blumer Elano scored the lone goal for Shakhtar with a late header.

Van Galen gave AZ the lead in the ninth minute, curving the ball in from the top of the box. Meerdink doubled the score for the Dutch squad in the 63rd.

Steaua eliminated defending champion Valencia in the last round.

The match was initially scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed because of snow. The second leg is scheduled for Sunday at Villarreal. — AP

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