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Season 2014-15
CD Malaga (n) Friendly

In association 


Saturday 2nd August 2014, 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Conditions: 25 degrees at kickoff, thunder, lightning and rain outside by full time.

Admission: €13 standing, €43 seats


Schalke 04
Cup poster



Newcastle United

3 - 1




25mins A neat passing triangle outside the Newcastle area allowed Sergi Darder to thunder home a 25-yard effort via an upright, Rob Elliot no more than a spectator 0-1

32mins If the opener was impressive, then the second was nothing short of embarrassing. Malaga progressed down the right flank and when the pull back came from the byline, Samu Castillejo was left completely alone towards the back post to volley into the ground and past Elliot from 6 yards. 

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa shouldered some of the blame for marking fresh air, but Steven Taylor's initial positioning allowed the Spaniards to stay onside and Mehdi Abeid failed to make any attempt at marking or covering despite being the nearest Newcastle player to the goalscorer 0-2

43mins Samu Castillejo grabbed his second, letting fly from the left edge of the United box and seeing the ball skim off Yanga-Mbiwa's backside before finding the top corner of Elliot's net 0-3

Half time: Malaga 3 Magpies 0

Jack Colback played a short corner to Gabriel Obertan and the Frenchman cut inside and between two defenders before converting a powerful right-footed effort that seemed to catch goalkeeper Idris Kameni by surprise 1-3

Full  time: Malaga 3 Magpies 1

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"I take full responsibility for that first half. 

"It was perhaps a bit too young, so I blame myself for that defeat. I put two young lads up the top and maybe it was too much inexperience to cope with a team like Malaga.

"It was Moussa
(Sissoko) and (Remy) Cabella's first game so really I'm kicking myself because I should have had a bit more experience on.

"Having said that, the second half was a lot better, our senior boys came on, and we’re getting there slowly but surely, and it’s nice to see our new boys getting a run out.

“It’s important that our senior players are ready to go. I protected a few today because we have got another game tomorrow (against Schalke 04).

“We haven’t got an abundance of senior players, and I wanted to save some for a tough game tomorrow, so we will have a much more experienced team out. But like I say I take full responsibility for that first half, it was probably a bit young.

“The young boys have done well this pre season but their level was probably too high. Malaga were very good.

“But Tim (Krul) and Cheik (Tiote) are to come and maybe another signing to come, and some work for Moussa and Cabella, and Manu (Riviere). We’re getting there.”

They Said

Javi Gracia:

We’re pleased with the results and with our performance so far during the pre-season. We’re focusing much more on working hard, but if this is accompanied by positive results, then even better.

"Even though the results aren’t as significant in these games they generate excitement and confidence, which helps us to continue working as hard as possible in preparation for the start of the League competition.

"I think we have an experienced squad, so I don’t like to rule out any player because of their age. It’s not easy to play matches the way in which the team is doing, and I’m thrilled both for the young and not so young members of the squad.”


There was a club debut for midfielder Remy Cabella, who wore the 16 shirt.

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Aarons 63+68+45+45=321
Abeid 90+22+45+90+74=321
Alnwick 90
Anita 54+90+90+45+23=302
Armstrong 54+14+26+84+45=223
Bigirimana 20+60=80
Cabella 45
Campbell 9+5+18=32
Colback 90+68+90+67=315
Coloccini 81+78+74=233
De Jong 63+45+33=141
Elliot 90+90+90+90=360
Dummett 70+14+14+90+23=211
Gilliead 6
Gouffran 45+76+85+45=251
Haidara 27+76+76+60+67=306
Obertan 90+45=135
Perez 36+36+57+72+45=246
Riviere 54+64+54+45=217
Satka 36+14+26+45+6=127
Sissoko 45
Streete 27+36=63
Tiote 60
S.Taylor 63+76+90+90=319
Vuckic 27+45+12+30+16=130
Williamson 16
Yanga-Mbiwa 90+90+64+90+84=418


Fitness: Cisse, Good, Kemen, Mbabu, Santon, R.Taylor
Omitted: Ben Arfa, Ferguson, Gutierrez
Unused sub: Janmaat, Krul, Quinn, Woodman

Our last meeting with Malaga came in another kickabout in September 2005. Already out of the Intertoto Cup, United accepted an invitation to undertake some warm weather training in Spain during the international break, facing Malaga at their Rosaleda Stadium for the Costa Del Sol Cup.

Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi were among those who trained but didn't feature in the game that Malaga won 2-0. Instead, Graeme Souness populated his team with untried youngsters including Carl Finnigan, Alan O'Brien, Liam Atkin, David Edgar, Kris Gate and Paul Huntington, while first team coach Dean Saunders also strutted his stuff.






Despite arriving on the back of three successive victories and clean sheets, Newcastle's pre-season preparations were rapidly blown off course on their first visit to the impressive Veltins Arena.

A misguided team selection and a chaotic opening 45 minutes left Alan Pardew's side grateful to have conceded only three times to Spanish opponents who were also fresh (or not) from games against Australian A League side opposition in the shape of Adelaide United and Perth Glory.

Los Boquerones finished eleventh in La Liga last season had missed a trio of decent opportunities before breaking the deadlock before the half hour - the first of three goals in 18 minutes. 

Substitute Gabriel Obertan fired a goal back for United after the break, but a more experienced second half XI never looked likely to claw back the deficit and what was never a contest petered out into little more than a training exercise.

United gave a debut to Remy Cabella down the left while Moussa Sissoko played his first game since Brazil on the right, with Jack Colback and Mehdi Abeid in central midfield roles. That left  a lightweight front pairing of Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong that simply never looked like hurting the opposition in the final third of the field.

Steven Taylor partnered Fabricio Coloccini in the centre of defence while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara were right and left full backs in front of Rob Elliot - who continued between the posts with first-choice Tim Krul returning to the squad from his World Cup adventures.

The manager later admitted to a lack of experience and strength in his lineup, but glossed over a glaring lack of pace and organisation. Yanga-Mbiwa was again uncomfortable at right back, while the defence as a whole were exposed by Malaga's perpetual motion, which continually saw them press forward and be presented with a host of passing and shooting choices.

United by contrast only enjoyed isolated periods of possession as both Cabella and Sissoko looked to find their feet. And while Rob Elliot quickly got his gloves dirty, opposite number Carlos Kameni had nothing to do, looking as bored as Mexico's World Cup custodian Guillermo Ochoa on Malaga's bench. 

Revelling in the space afforded to him and the service from his colleagues was 19 year-old youth team product Samu Castillejo, who scored twice and deservedly collected the man of the match award for his 54 minute display. 

Four changes at the break helped, with Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere replacing Armstrong and Perez, Sissoko and Cabella making way for Gabriel Obertan and Rolando Aarons respectively.

That injection of pace and width had an immediate impact (we'd speculated whether our first half formation was 262 in homage to the German Messerschmit of that name - yes it was that boring) and Gouffran registered our first shot on target while Aarons wasn't far away with a header.

As had been the case at Hillsborough in midweek, the contribution of forgotten Mag Gabriel Obertan was pivotal in our upturn and he grabbed the goal that briefly raised the interest levels on the hour. 

However that proved to be a mirage and the fourth official was the most industrious performer of a decidedly disjointed final 30 minutes, as events off the field proved to be an increasing distraction.


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