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NEWCASTLE breathed life into their Champions League challenge with a plucky 1-0 win over Juventus.

The Magpies played at 100 miles an hour and never allowed the Italians to settle.

A number of chances went begging before full back Andy Griffin burst into the box shortly after the hour and sent in a low cross that resulted in Gianluigi Buffon turning the ball into his own net.

With Dinamo Kiev registering a comfortable 2-0 win over Feyenoord, Sir Bobby Robson`s men are still in with an outside chance of qualification with two games remaining.

Marco Di Vaio, fully recovered from the first game between the two where he was concussed, had the first chance but he overran the ball and dragged his shot wide.

Newcastle were the more dominant attacking force, Lua Lua saw a shot deflected over and Alan Shearer headed over from a corner.

Juve are potent going forward and rarely pass up gift-wrapped opportunities, but they did at St James` Park. Magpies keeper Steve Harper, in for Shay Given, passed the ball straight to Pavel Nedved but he dragged his shot wide with the goal gaping.

Alessandro Del Piero wasted two free-kick opportunities, but it was Newcastle who allowed the best chance of the first-half to go begging.

Gary Speed made a typical forward burst and showed great awareness to flick the ball to Laurent Robert, but the Frenchman shaped like a player devoid of confidence and screwed his effort wide.

Buffon showed why he is the most expensive keeper in the world with a quite simply stunning save from a Shearer free-kick, with Lilian Thuram then making a fine clearance to keep the Juve goal in-tact.

Seconds later, Buffon committed the error that gave Newcastle the lead as he inadvertently palmed Griffin`s cross into his own net.

Newcastle, full of confidence, piled forward and Buffon pulled off a fantastic diving save to deny Nolberto Solano.

The Magpies came under pressure late on, with Marcelo Zalayeta hitting the bar with a thumping shot, but they held firm to claim their first three European points of the season.

Dinamo Kiev leapfrogged Feyenoord into second place in the group with a comfortable 2-0 win.

Aleksandr Khatskevich bundled the first home on 20 minutes after Feyenoord failed to clear a corner.

The Uefa Cup winners were lacking the powerful attacking presence of Pierre van Hooijdonk, and it showed as they rarely troubled Kiev.

The second, killer goal came shortly after the restart when Valentin Belkevich made no mistake with a precise shot from the edge of the box.

Juve and Dinamo are now level on seven points, with Feyenoord on five and Newcastle three.

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