Late penalty miss means Newcastle United 1 Royal Antwerp 1 after a game of three thirds
It has finished Newcastle 1 Royal Antwerp 1 on Sunday lunchtime.
The friendly at the Pinatar Arena seeing the players get a decent run out after the Spurs away match was cancelled.
The match kicked off at 11am UK time and attracted a decent crowd in the circumstances, those sitting at home able to watch via a live stream provided by the club.
Although this was a bit ropey at times, due to connectivity problems no doubt.
After 135 minutes of action the scoreline was 1-1, though this was only due to Dwight Gayle failing to put a penalty away in the final stages of the third third…
An extended game of three x 45 minutes having been agreed beforehand by the two teams to give as many players as possible time on the pitch.
Of the 24 players who have travelled, only Karl Darlow and Islam Slimani didn’t take part (Slimani still recovering from a thigh injury, whilst Darlow reportedly has a knock).
Newcastle United started the first third with:
Dubravka, Manquillo, Mbemba, Lejeune, Haidara; Ritchie, Shelvey, Merino, Murphy, Atsu, Joselu
Newcastle United started the second third with:
Dubravka, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Hayden, Haidara, Ritchie, Merino, Murphy, Atsu, Joselu
Newcastle United started the third third with:
Harker, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Diame, Fernandez, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle
Matt Ritchie was arguably the most impressive of the Newcastle players on show, capping his display with an excellent lobbed finish, five minutes before the end of the first third.
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Newcastle were the dominant team but were made to pay for not taking advantage of that, with Alexander Corryn equalising at the start of the third period.
Making his debut in a first team friendly, young keeper Nathan Harker conceding only 20 seconds into that third third of the game.
Young attacking player Victor Fernandez also was involved, looking sharp in that final third of the match.
Hopefully no injuries picked up and a worthwhile exercise of team bonding and training & a kick about, away from the cold and snow of Tyneside.
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