Newcastle get Ukrainians in Europa League draw

TOUGH TEST ... Alan Pardew's Newcastle's United face Metalist Kharkiv.
TOUGH TEST ... Alan Pardew's Newcastle's United face Metalist Kharkiv.

NEWCASTLE have been drawn against Metalist Kharkiv in the last 32 of the Europa League.

While the tie is certainly a winnable one, the draw has hardly been a favourable one for the Magpies, not least for the travelling problems that will arise in the away leg.

First up though is the home leg, with Alan Pardew’s man set to host Metalist on February 14 next year.

A week later, United will travel to the Ukraine to take on Metalist on their home turf.

Having beaten Dinamo Bucharest in the play-offs to make the group stages, the Ukrainians then picked up four wins and a draw from their six games to progress into the last 32, including a 2-0 home win over German side Bayer Leverkusen.