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Season 2013-14
Rio Ave (a) Friendly


Saturday 20th July 2013, 6pm

 Estadio dos Arcos

Conditions: warm and sunny


none - teamsheet only


Rio Ave

Newcastle United

3 - 1




5mins Diego made headway down the Rio right before cutting the ball back for Ave's number 9 Hassan to net with a cushioned volley 0-1

Hassan took a short pass from Braga on the edge of the box
before wrong-footing his marker and confidently sweeping the ball home 0-2

The hosts took advantage of further defensive hesitation to claim a third, Braga able to get a toe on the ball and poke it beyond Alnwick after United had failed to clear the ball. One local reporter later credited Santon with the final touch 0-3

Half time: Rio 3 United 0

Newcastle finally got on the scoresheet when Shola Ameobi (on for the wayward Yoan Gouffran) slipped the ball home after Moussa Sissoko won the ball in central midfield and set up Obertan to make progress down the right before delivering a low centre. 3-1

Full time: Rio 3 United 1

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"I don't think the result really reflected the game because I think we bossed about 70 per cent of it, but they had three chances in the first half and scored them all, which put us right on the back foot. We were a bit passive for the first 20 or so minutes and, if I'm being honest with you, they surprised us a bit with their quality.

"I felt sorry for Jak
(Alnwick), because really and truly he didnt have a chance for the three goals. We were a bit passive defending around them. Well improve on that as we go along. Hopefully, Jak can come in and not concede two or three goals in a half, which didnt do him any favours.

"I thought the two wide players (Gabriel) Obertan and Sammy (Ameobi) made a big difference. You could tell they were at a bit of a higher level in terms of their fitness than some of our other players.

"(Paul) Dummett, I thought again, did terrifically well. He could have done better for the first goal, but that was probably the only error hes made. Im pleased with him again.

"There were some positives: in the second half, Rob (Elliot) came on and hes got so much confidence from those 10 or 11 Newcastle games hes had.

"The over-riding worry is Shola, really. Sholas gone down on his arm, and it looks like hes having an X-ray. To have no hamstrings and no pulls was a good thing.

"Im focusing on the team out here, and Joe, Lee Charnley and Graham (Carr) are looking to get someone over the line. At the minute, especially if Sholas missing, and with no Papiss out here, were a little bit light for a Premier League team. 

"I spoke to Joe on Friday, and he has some important meetings
(with Mick Harford by the look of it....)



20 year old 'keeper Jak Alnwick made his second senior friendly appearance for United and a first start, having featured in the closing stages of the victory at Hartlepool in August 2012. 



Four months after their ill-fated visit to Lisbon, Alan Pardew's side returned to Portugal and once again found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. 

In contrast to the high emotion of that Benfica game though, the blue-clad Magpies succumbed to an unfashionable side playing in front of a handful of fans at their dilapidated ground.

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub was the main threat for the home side and twice had rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick fishing the ball out his net in the opening ten minutes.

Midfielder Braga then added to the misery before the half hour mark be
fore United had been sighted as an attacking force and although Shola Ameobi later narrowed the deficit, substitute 'keeper Rob Elliot blocked a spot kick effort as Rio Ave threatened to restore their three goal advantage.  

United having barely crossed the halfway line in the opening quarter of the match, a humiliating margin of defeat beckoned when Rio made it 3-0 before the half hour. However a belated assault on the home goal before the half time whistle at least hinted at some sort of a response. 

Sylvain Marveaux curled an effort from the edge of the box brilliantly tipped over by Ederson ten minutes before the interval before captain Yohan Cabaye tried his luck from similar distance on three occasions - putting two shots wide before finding his range with the third and crashing the ball off the angle of post and crossbar. 

With Cabaye, Marveaux, Haris Vuckic and Jonas Gutierrez failing to appear for the second half, a revamped attack occasionally threatened to create something down the right flank through Gabriel Obertan, with Sammy Ameobi faring less well down the opposite side

However, some poor finishing ensured that the Rio goalkeeper remained a spectator - and had the dubious honour of witnessing Steven Taylor's war dance twice, before free kick opportunities around the box that were both wasted. 

The hosts lost momentum following a multitude of substitutions, but an element of niggle crept into the game as it entered the closing stages. That was due in part to some reckless challenges from Cheick Tiote, seemingly incapable of supplying anything positive to proceedings and making laughable attempts at completing the most elementary pass.  

After the home side saw a further effort ruled out for offside, Newcastle finally got on the scoresheet through substitute Shola Ameobi. 

A dubiously awarded penalty for a challenge on Sandro Lima by Mike Williamson that was clearly outside the box then saw justice done when Elliot blocked Lima's weak spot-kick to keep the deficit down.

To cap a forgettable night though United ended the game a man short when Shola Ameobi tumbled awkwardly in a challenge with an opponent and walked off the field clutching his right wrist. 


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