Date: Tuesday 26th July 2022, 8.00pm
da Luz, Lisbon
Live on NUFC TV
3 - 2
15 mins The softest of goals as the unchallenged Goncalo Ramos
flicked a near post header from Joao Mario into the Newcastle net from a corner
in front of the away support.
No defender got
anywhere near the Portuguese striker, Nick Pope setting off to punch the ball but behind
Ramos and unable to intervene. 0-1
22mins Miggy Almiron picked up the ball in the centre of the Benfica half
and spread a fine pass out to Kieran Trippier in space down the right. Just
before reaching the byline unopposed, Trippier spotted Almiron who had
continued his run and the two combined again as the Paraguayan side-footed into
the unguarded goal from 12 yards out. 1-1
31mins A questionable free-kick award for a Bruno Guimaraes fend-off
gave Alejandro Grimaldo the chance to line up a free kick in a central area
and he took full advantage, powering in a left-footed shot from 25-yards out
flew into the top corner as Pope made a despairing but futile dive. 1-2
44mins Trippier appeared to be boxed in near the right touchline but
he spotted the run of his Paraguayan colleague into the area and found him perfectly with
a flick of the outside of his boot. Miguel Almiron ran onto the ball and
expertly guided a left-footed shot inside the far post. 2-2
Half time: Benfica 2 Newcastle
A hopeful ball forward from Bah found Roman Yaremchuk who beat Dan
Burn a bit too easily on the Benfica right before pulling the ball
back for Henrique Pereira Araujo to lash in from six yards and
win the tie.
Full time: Benfica 3 Newcastle 2
"We had a very good
performance today. It was a high quality game, worthy of the Premier
League and it was what we needed at this stage of preparation for the
"The Portuguese League is very strong technically: you can see it in
Benfica's style of play. The style suits the Premier League. We look at
all the leagues around the world, looking for players for Newcastle.
"The intensity of the game was very good....Pre-season was very intense,
now we are looking forward to returning home and starting our domestic
games and competitions.
"Benfica has an incredible stadium, passionate fans and a good team! It
turned out to be, despite the result, a very good experience for us.
Let's hope the team improves during the season."
On Matty Bondswell:
"He’ll learn a lot from it in terms of the atmosphere, the players he’s
up against – and the players he’s playing with.
"Sometimes, as a young player, you need that break. I thought he did his
chances no harm of maybe more outings.”
On the away support:
"They were a long way from us, up high, but I hope they enjoyed what
they saw. I’m sure they did and I hope it was worth the effort and the
time and expense to come out and see us, support us.
"It means the world to us and a big thank you from me to
On the Joelinton dismissal:
"I’m disappointed, to be honest. For me, in pre-season friendlies, the
last thing I want to see is a red card for either team unless there’s a
tackle that’s really out of the spirit of the game. I don’t think Joelinton’s tackles were.
"The second one was late, and he acknowledged that and stayed to try
and look after the lad.
"It spoiled the last 10-15 minutes, but it was a good test for us as
well. We weren’t quite good enough to see the game out, which is
disappointing from our perspective.”
(It was later confirmed that Joelinton would be suspended for this
Friday's kickabout against Atalanta but available to face Athletic
Bilbao on Saturday.)
Roger Schmidt said:
"It was a
very difficult game, against a very good and very physical opponent. It
was a perfect last test for the season and for the important games to
"I think we saw good things, but we also have aspects to improve and we
will talk about At this point in pre-season we can't be perfect, but I'm
"I saw a lot of good things, namely in the first half when we had good
moments in the offensive transition, in attack, in the pressure and in
the ability to recover the ball. Even so, the opponent had some space
near our area and ended up scoring two goals.
"Newcastle changed players in the second half and had more ball
In my opinion, analyzing the entire pre-season, the players were very
well, they worked hard: now we have a week to rest, train and prepare
for the next games.
"The players were a little tired in the second half, that
was also my opinion. I was expecting it and that's why I changed the
team. They played all pre-season, but now it's over and we'll have to be
fresh and prepared for the official games.
For me, it's more important to use training, because I know that
throughout the season there are several times when we play every three
"The most important thing is to win. Not conceding goals is always
important for the confidence of the defence. We have to keep the ball
away from our goal, it's the best way to prevent complicated situations.
"We don't concede many opportunities this pre-season, but today
Newcastle had a few. It wasn't an individual mistake, it was a chain of
actions. I'm also glad it wasn't perfect, it's tests and we have to use
these games to take steps forward.
"I'm happy that we won the Eusébio Cup. He was an excellent player and
when we have a cup named after him, we have to do everything to win it,
especially at our Stadium. having scored several goals, won the game and
it was a good day for us."
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Almiron 45+29+61+86+45=266 +6
This was United's second visit here, following a UEFA Cup Quarter Final
first leg tie in 2013 that finished 1-3 to Benfica.
Papiss Cisse netted that night and scored again
at SJP in the second leg which was a 1-1 draw.
Anderson 45+61+29+84+45=264 +1 goal
Guimaraes 0+29+61+90+45=225 +1 goal
Joelinton 45+29+61+90+37=262 +1 goal
S.Longstaff 45+29+61+90+45=270 +2 goals
J.Murphy 45+61+29+90+45=270 +1 goal
Ritchie 45+0+30+90+45=210 +2 goals
Saint-Maximin 45+61+29+90+45=270 +1 goal
Willock 45+61+29+90+45=270 +3 goals
Wilson 45+61+29+90+45=270 +1 goal
Although there variable circumstances including number of games,
quality of the opposition and early-season European commitments, an
unscientific check reveals Miguel Almiron's six pre-season goals to date
is the most by any NUFC first teamer since Alan Shearer hit half a dozen
Having sported the number 34 shirt against Burnley in Lisbon on
Saturday, Matty Bondswell was clad in number 50 tonight. The
Newcastle shirts were customised for the occasion with the game details
on the front centre.
Our most recent friendly encounter with Benfica was at the unlikely
setting of Boro's Riverside Stadium in 1998 - future Magpie boss
Graeme Souness seeing his side win 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0
That followed a 1-0 success for United on Tyneside in August 1971,
Tommy Gibb's effort seeing off a Benfica side that included the
Benfica's Eusebio Cup record:
2008 Inter Milan drew 0-0 lost 4-5 pens
2009 AC Milan drew 1-1 won 5-4 pens
2010 Spurs lost 0-1
2011 Arsenal won 2-1
2012 Real Madrid won 5-2
2013 Sao Paulo lost 0-2
2014 Ajax lost 0-1
2015 Monterrey lost 0-3*
2016 Torino drew 1-1 lost 5-6 pens
2017 not staged
2018 Lyon lost 2-3^
2022 Newcastle United won 3-2
All games played at Estadio da Luz except * in Mexico ^ on the
Friendly Fire - NUFC friendly dismissals in the PL era:
1999 Andy Griffin v Helmond Sport (Netherlands) (a)
2013 Fabricio Coloccini v Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal) (a)
2015 Massadio Haidara v Sacramento Republic (USA) (a)
2016 Jesus Gamez v Sporting Lokeren (Belgium) (a)
2020 Jamaal Lascelles v Boro (a)
2022 Ciaran Clark v Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) (a)
2022 Joelinton v Benfica (Portugal) (a)
Official half 'n' half scarves were available for €10
- "Tu És o Nosso Rei" translates as "you are our King" - a popular chant
during Eusebio's time here between 1961 and 1975 and ever since.
An incident-packed evening
the Estadio da Luz ended
with Newcastle losing out on lifting the Eusebio Cup on Tuesday night - and Eddie Howe
leaving Lisbon with much to ponder after a full-blooded encounter.
The Magpies boss saw his side concede three times but reply twice
through Miguel Almiron, before a late Benfica goal avoided the imminent penalty shootout and
saw the hosts win their own trophy for the first time
in six attempts.
By the time of the 89th winner though, the black and whites had seen
Jonjo Shelvey limp off injured and Joelinton dismissed - one of three
visiting players carded by comedic referee Nuno Almeida.
The antics of the match official caused consternation, but his decision
to send off Joelinton for a second booking was lenient for what was a
blatant stamp on Florentina that warranted a straight red.
benches had to be separated as the player left the field and the friendly threatened to turn
distinctly hostile. Thankfully the consequent suspension will be served
The contest had been competitive from the start with four goals coming
in an entertaining opening half, Almiron twice equalising after
being set up by passes from Kieran Trippier on the right flank.
Conceding twice from set pieces will have concerned Howe,
particularly the first - a soft near post header from Goncalo Ramos
following a corner.
The second was an outstanding Grimaldo strike from a free-kick
that Nick Pope didn't get near, although the free kick award was
Coming into their final friendly on the back of four pre-season
victories, the home side were keen to impress as their new coach made
his home bow a week before his competitive bow here in the Champions
League next week.
United fought fire with fire though; counter-attacking well and Almiron
netting two well-taken goals in addition to a further trio of chances.
Benfica remained unchanged for the second half against a completely different
Newcastle line-up and the visitors soon found space in midfield -
although Jacob Murphy and Chris Wood shot meekly when well-placed.
Shelvey was replaced by Matty Longstaff in the 75th minute after
sustaining a hamstring injury from an awkward fall and within seven
minutes a further blow came with Joelinton's dismissal.
From that point our main hope looked to be hanging on for penalties, but
the home side won it in the 89th minute through Henrique Pereira Araujo
- an outcome that we anticipated but coming via a slightly unexpected
For once the over-used "good workout" expression was accurate; this
really was a proper kickabout and more authentic than some competitive
European games that we've attended.
One superb intervention by Sven Botman to snuff out a first half attack
exhibited his energy and defensive quality, while Jamaal Lascelles
looked uncomfortable and our view on messrs Ritchie and Murphy hasn't
While the continued absence of Martin Dubravka has been blamed on a
wrist problem, the failure of Jamal Lewis to kick a ball in pre-season
has given a chance to rookie left back Matty Bondswell - refreshingly
given the chance to impress Howe rather than giving Paul Dummett a trot
Bondswell acquainted himself well on what was a sizeable a step-up from
a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town last season when he failed to force his
way into the side and returned to play reserve team games at Whitley
Fresh from his spell at third-tier Bristol Rovers meanwhile, Elliot
Anderson again didn't look out of place among the senior side and may
stay on Tyneside in the absence of any further attacking recruits.
In terms of recent pre-seasons this one has been refreshing; a level of
organisation and investment we're unused to despite the hasty rethink
after the USA trip bit the dust. Making live coverage of the three
overseas public friendlies available and not charging was a small but
welcome gesture, although opting not to put tickets for tonight's game
on public sale less positive.
As a taster for the longed-for return to venues like this for meaningful
matches, tonight was positively lip-smacking. 2018's pre-season trip to
Portugal was enjoyable, but not for anything witnessed onfield: the
drudgery of a 0-0 at Porto and the 0-4 Braga debacle that followed
barely bringing a shot of any description never mind a goal. This was
like night and day.