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Cisse debut goal clinches Newcastle win over Villa

Updated: February 05, 2012, 10:39

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse, left, celebrates his goal with Demba Ba, right, during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at the Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

NEWCASTLE, England(AP) Papiss Demba Cisse scored on his Newcastle debut to clinch a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday and keep his new team within striking distance of the Premier League's top four.

The Senegal forward, who cost around 10 million pounds ($16 million) last month, netted a 71st-minute winner to ensure Newcastle ended the weekend fifth in the standings.

International teammate Demba Ba put Newcastle in front on the half-hour with his 16th goal of the season, but Robbie Keane leveled for Villa at the end of the first half - the Ireland striker's third goal of his loan spell from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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