Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Melbourne friendly: Newcastle beat Spurs on penalties after 1-1 draw

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Newcastle beat Tottenham 5-4 on penalties in a post-season friendly in Australia – just three days after the Premier League ended.

The timing of the match, which was played in front of 78,419 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and finished 1-1 after normal time, had been called “madness” by former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer.

It went ahead despite concerns about the increasing workload being faced by players.

England midfielder James Maddison scored the 32nd-minute opener for Spurs, taking advantage of a poor pass by Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and then weaving past the Magpies defence and smashing into the top corner.

Swedish striker Alexander Isak levelled from close range just before half-time.

The game then went straight to penalties with Bryan Gil having Spurs’ first spot-kick saved by Mark Gillespie – the only one missed as the remaining nine were converted.

Right-back Harrison Ashby, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, struck the winning penalty for Newcastle.

Both clubs named strong squads for the trip with England defender Kieran Trippier, Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Isak in the Newcastle starting line-up, while Maddison, Dutch defender Micky van de Ven and South Korea captain Son Heung-min in the Spurs ranks.

Trippier, who like Maddison is in England’s provisional Euro 2024 squad, came off after 36 minutes, which Newcastle said was “pre-planned”.

Speaking before the match, boss Eddie Howe said it was an opportunity to “grow the name of Newcastle”.

While Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou accepted the “exposure and revenue” was a key element of the long trip, he acknowledged had his side been in European competition this season he would have blocked it.

Newcastle will also play a second match against an A-League All Star side on Friday.

This summer has the European Championship in Germany, which starts on 14 June, while the Copa America gets under way in the United States six days later.



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