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Season 1998-99
Juventus (h) Friendly
Monday August 10th 1998, 8pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: tbc

Admission: £tbc

Programme: £1.50




2 - 1





25 mins: Didi Hamann's shot flew past Michelangelo Rampulla and into the Leazes End net 1-0

40 mins: Stuart Pearce shot home before giving his trademark clenched-fist salute - just days after walking away unscathed from a serious car crash. 1-0

Half time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 0

88 mins: The visitors halved the deficit when Jocelyn Blanchard - who played here for Metz back in December 1996 - curled an effort home 1-0

Full time: Newcastle 2 Juventus 1

We Said


Kenny Dalglish said:
"It was a very good exercise - the players have done very well pre-season and they've given me a problem for Saturday now there are so many deserving of a game.

"The lads have worked so well and been so genuine....we've got far greater strength in depth than we had last year."

They Said


Marcello Lippi:

To follow


United played their first home friendly since the Newcastle Exhibition Super Challenge tournament when they faced Middlesbrough and Sporting Lisbon on successive days during August 1992

Since then, they have taken part in 36 successive kickabouts away from home. 




Having faced Juve in Italy a year earlier, the two sides renewed acquaintence on Monday, although the Italians were without World Cup trio Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Edgar Davids.

Also missing were the Old Lady's iconic black and white stripes - United donning their blue change strip only for the visitors to wear a mostly white change kit after their first-choice togs apparently went astray while en route from Turin to Tyneside.

Surviving a scare in the opening seconds when Alessandro Pistone's back pass to Lionel Perez instead reached teenager Marcelo Zalayeta, home debutant Dietmar Hamann ran from halfway before unleashing a fine long-range shot for a memorable opening goal.

Stuart Pearce then doubled United's lead with a smart finish after Alan Shearer knocked a free kick into his path, although his side didn't have things all their own way.

Jocelyn Blanchard's late curler reduced the arrears for the visitors, Alessandro Del Piero having earlier seen two efforts chalked off before he was withdrawn amid a standing ovation. 


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