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Season 2012-13
Sporting Braga (n) Friendly


Saturday 28th July 2012, 8.45pm (local time) 

Estadio Algarve, Portugal
Live on ESPN

another beautiful evening

Admission: €15 (upper) and €20 (lower)

A4 tournament guide given 
away free with ticket purchase

Newcastle United

SC Braga

2 - 1




Half time: Newcastle 0 Braga 0

63 mins 
Having seen little of the ball in the opening period, Sylvain Marveaux tricked his way into the Braga area before he was unceremoniously upended by Douglão, who was cautioned for his rash challenge.

Demba Ba was entrusted with the resultant spot kick and although Beto guessed correctly and dropped to his right to block the right-footed effort, the ball dropped nicely for Ba to sidefoot the rebound home. 1-0.

68 mins 
Braga swept forward down their right flank through Ze Luis, with his infield ball falling to Ruben Amorim 15 yards out from goal in our box. The on-loan Benfica midfielder's low shot was on target, but caught the trailing leg of Coloccini to leave Harper helpess to prevent an equaliser 1-1.

72 mins 
A foul on Ba in a central position over 25 yards out saw Ryan Taylor arc his swinging right foot effort over the head of the last man of the wall and drop a fine free kick to the left of the motionless Beto and into the saco de cebola (onion bag). Bravo. 2-1.

Full time:
Newcastle 2 Braga 1

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"You always want to win trophies. I thought it was a really good game. Braga were the best team we have played and we were near our best.

“We had a strong side out and that was important because we wanted to win it and we have.
"It is nice to have a trophy in the dressing room and hopefully, we will have another one at the end of the year, that would be nice.

"It was a physical encounter - they really wanted to win it – like we did. They put a really strong team out, they are in the Champions League in two weeks, so they are not far away and nor or we.

"I feel we are ready to start the season. We know we have to hit the ground running. It has been the best possible start. To win a trophy, get an honourable draw against Olympiacos and then beat Braga – one of the best teams in Portugal last year – is a good start for us.

"I do think he
(Marveaux) is going to have a much bigger season for us if he can stay fit. Marveaux was the pick of the bunch. There were moments of class he produced on the pitch.

"Demba and Cisse are looking sharp, but everybody has played their part. It was a great goal (by Ryan). We just knew it was in when he lined up.”

They Said

Coach Jose Peseiro - who sounds like a classic mau perdedor (bad loser):

"The draw was more fair and could have won the tournament. We played a new system and the players are not well matched.

"Whoever loses, can never be satisfied, on top of losing and being last, when even think we had the best team in the tournament. I am saddened by the outcome, I'm sad not to win the tournament, but for the benefit of the team I bring positive things and I'm equally or more confident than when I arrived.

"The view today has not been below expectations. Not everything is what it seems and the team's response today was not so bad. I get to know the team and what we can do with this tactical system. The only negative thing was the result."


United became the sixth winner of this competition, following on from Benfica (5 times), Sporting Lisbon (3) and singular successes for Guimaraes, Belenenses and Spaniards Real Betis - the only non-Portuguese winner until Newcastle.

Three other Premier League clubs have also participated without managing bringing home the main trophy: Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and the smoggies.


Ryan Taylor por cima do barreira! 

To the list of keepers who paid the price for failing to heed the clear and present danger of 'Ryan Taylor over the wall' can now be added Beto of Sporting Braga.

The former Portuguese international custodian was rooted to the spot when United's number 16 served up one of his trademark dead ball conversions which was enough to propel United to a second victory of this pre-season.

And as a result of that, United captain Fabricio Coloccini lifted the rather awkwardly titled (and proportioned) Trofeu Internacional de Futebol do Guadiana as his side successfully collected some silverware on the Algarve.

Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in a scoreless first half, although Newcastle had the better of what chances there were in a game that was for the most part insipid - despite Alan Pardew switching to a more offensive XI.

First, Papiss Cisse narrowly failed to reach an angled ball into the box from strike partner Demba Ba on the half hour, before blasting over when well placed soon after from a rare attack - his effort of a similar trajectory to the previous night's spot kick / conversion attempt.

The Portuguese came close to an opener when Steve Harper raced off his line to block a 56th minute run from Jose Luis that threatened to take him clear on goal. 

Within seven minutes though, the Magpies went ahead courtesy of Demba Ba and looked to have doubled their lead five minutes later when a corner was headed goalwards by Fabricio Coloccini, rebounding off the post and striking Sammy Ameobi on the line as it went in. 

However a linesman's flag ended the celebrations and penalised Sammy for offside - with insult added when Braga surged upfield and levelled. And with a quarter of the game remaining, the prospect of a third successive 1-1 draw in this event and yet another penalty shootout that still may not have decided the winners was a possibility. 

Thankfully though, Ryan Taylor spared us from any convoluted calculations, as our dead ball ace delivered a strike deserving of a far bigger audience and better competition than this tinpot affair.

Any thoughts that Braga would fold though were quickly dispelled by the lively Luis, who seized on a loose ball from James Tavernier and advanced before letting fly from just inside the box, shooting beyond Harper but hitting a post.

For the second night in succession though, we ended the game with a numerical advantage, Douglão dumping Sammy Ameobi out on the right hand touchline in the 83rd minute and then remonstrating with the linesman until the referee brandished a second yellow card of the evening.

Four minutes plus of added time were then endured, during which Yohan Cabaye almost capped his first outing of pre-season with a goal - bringing a fine fingertip stop out of Beto after the Frenchman ended a United counter -attack by volleying into the turf. However there was no addition to the scores and the black and whites recorded the victory that made them undisputed champions.

The presentations then began with a completely fictional Tournament MVP tournament award, collected by former Magpie midfielder Hugo Viana.

That came despite his missing a penalty in his first game and playing for just 20 minutes tonight during which he barely touched the ball.  

(it later transpired that the tournament organisers didn't even bother to collect the voting slips from the Tyneside media after this game - as opposed to promptly "losing" them near a waste paper bin...)

Trinkets were then presented to the two runners up, but precisely who wandered out to collect the Olympiakos one for second spot remains a mystery: one suggestion was Stavros Flatley.

Fabricio Coloccini then accepted the gaudy Gaudiana Trophy, something of a challenge to get back home in one piece... especially in hand luggage.

However it may come in handy for picking up Channel 5 in a poor reception area.

The trophy design is based on the motorway 
bridge that crosses the River Guadiana near 
the town of Ayamonte and links Portugal to 
Spain - about 60 miles to the east of Faro).


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