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Season 2018-19
FC Porto (a)


Saturday 28th July 2018, 7.45pm
(actually 7.53pm)

 Dragao Stadium, Porto

Conditions: humid

Admission: £22 

(no programme)

FC Porto

Newcastle United

0 - 0




Half time: Dragões 0 Magpies 0

Full time: Dragões 0 Magpies 0

We Said


Rafa Benitez:

“I don’t care too much about the result, it’s only pre-season.

“It’s good to have a clean sheet but they created enough chances to win the game.

“Obviously you could see the difference between the team that is playing in the Super Cup next week.

“They are a team that’s really good in Europe and every week.

“So they are a top side and a team with new players and they have a learning process from last year.”

About Mitrovic:

“I think it’s done.

“I think he has an agreement with Fulham and I wish him all the best. Hopefully he can score a lot of goals but not against us.

“But it’s something we were expecting and it’s now a case of looking to see if we can bring someone else to replace him.

“We are working and trying to bring in new players to bring in new competition.”

About Muto:

“Muto is done but it’s just waiting for the work permit. He played in the World Cup in a good team.

“He has done well in the Bundesliga so we are talking about a striker that is doing well in the last few years at international level.

“He has quality and can bring us energy and good movement plus the intensity you need. I don’t see any problem with him.”

About Lejeune:

“It is a cruciate ligament and he will need an operation.

“We need to decide exactly when but we will lose him for a while. It’s bad news for us.”

About the tributes to Sir Bobby Robson:

“It was nice.

“To show that you have the recognition at both FC Porto and Newcastle United is just a measure of the man.”

They Said


Sérgio Conceição said: 

“We can’t forget that the average club in England or Germany has more purchasing power than a strong club in Portugal. We are a country of sellers not buyers.”


There was a first outing for defender Fabian Schär following his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna.

This was United's first visit to the 50,000 capa
city Porto Dragao Stadium - a venue constructed for Euro 2004 and the inspiration for Brighton's Amex Stadium. 

The Magpies had visited Porto previously, drawing 0-0 in the Fairs Cup back in November 1969 - a tie played at their former Stadium das Antas home.

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Aarons 45+45+0=90
Atsu 45+0+18=63 +1 goal (pen)
Clark 45+45+66=156
Darlow 45+45+18=108
Dubravka 0+0+72=72
Dummett 0+0+45=45
Diame 45+60+72=177
Gayle 45+0+0=45
Hayden 0+37+18=55
Joselu 45+45+72=162 +1 goal
Kenedy 45+0+0=45
Lascelles 0+45+90=135
Lejeune 45+0+0=45
Longstaff 90+90+18=198 + 1 goal
Murphy 0+45+72=117

Perez 45+45+72=162 +1 goal
Ritchie 45+90+72=207
Roberts 45+45+18=108
Schar 0+0+24=24
Sels 45+0+0=45

Shelvey 45+69+66=180
Sterry 0+45+24=69
Sung-yueng 0+21+24=45
Woodman 0+45+0=45
Yarney 90+53=143


Game three of pre-season saw Newcastle hold the reigning Portuguese champions FC Porto to a goalless draw at their own ground on Saturday evening.

On a night when United's goal threat was almost non-existent, only a prolonged rearguard action prevented Porto from marking their 125th anniversary with victory in front of their own supporters. 

DeAndre Yedlin cleared a first half header off the line and both Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow made noteworthy saves to keep out the home side - while Iker Casillas (and two second half goalkeeping subs) twiddled their thumbs at the other end of the field.

There were first pre-season appearances for Dubravka, Paul Dummett and new signing Fabian Schär, with 21 of the 25 players named in the matchday party involved.

However, Dwight Gayle left unused after warming up while fellow striker Aleksandar Mitrovic left the squad before the game after a fee with Fulham was agreed.

In addition to the goalkeeping display, the goal frame at one end of the impressive Dragao Stadium also rescued the Magpies, Porto striking both post and bar in the second half as a home goal looked increasingly inevitable.

United donned their new second kit while Porto wore their traditional blue and white stripes in the first half and then an all-blue anniversary kit after the break.

The game ended with a United fielding a front three of Academy graduates in the form of messrs Armstrong, Roberts and Longstaff, while Jamie Sterry occupied the right back position to increase the surrealist feeling. 

It's a long way to come to watch some reserves - especially for fans who usually cannot find their way to Whitley Park - and it's a safe bet that none of those will be in the first XI on opening day, while some if not all could well be playing in another league altogether. 


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