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Diabate double puts Bordeaux top

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Cheick Diabate ensured Newcastle will have to take their chances in the draw for the knockout stages of the Europa League as Bordeaux finished top of Group D after a 2-0 win.

The Mali international striker headed home Fahid Ben Khalfallah's 29th-minute cross and then slid a 72nd-minute shot through keeper Rob Elliot's legs to condemn the Magpies to a first European defeat of the season and avenge for their 3-0 defeat at St James' Park in October.

It was little more than the French side deserved as despite manager Francis Gillot making the same number of changes as Alan Pardew, they enjoyed the better of the game apart from a brief flurry at the start of the second half.

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