Newcastle Continue Good Form – Easily Beat Juventus 2-0

Newcastle continued their good pre-season form with a fairly easy win against Juventus 2-0 with both goals in the first half. Luque scored with a penalty after 9 minutes and then Andrew Carroll scored a great first goal for the club after 30 minutes. Andrew easily beat Buffon from 12 yards with a well hit left footed volley after Buffon had blocked a bullet shot from Oba Martins.

However, our injury jinx continued when Luque had to leave the game with a groin injury after 30 minutes and was replaced by 18 year-old Andrew Carroll.

Overall a very good result for Newcastle who played most of the youngsters in the second half as they played the game out with some ease against the star studded Juventus side.


Albert Luque – another goal but then injured

SAM Allardyce made just one change from the team that beat Celtic 4-1 at St. James’ Park on Thursday night. Nicky Butt (knee) was missing with French midfielder Charles N’Zogbia coming in to play central midfield with Geremi..

Albert Luque again started in attack with Oba Martins after his two goals against the Scottish champions. Kieron Dyer was on the substitutes bench, while Steven Taylor (ankle) was not in the squad. Teenage trialist Charlie Barnett was named among the United substitutes.



Shay Given, Stephen Carr, David Rozehnal, Oba Martins, Charles N’Zogbia, Nobby Solano, James Milner, Albert Luque, Geremi, Peter Ramage, Paul Huntington

Subs: Kieron Dyer, Steve Harper, David Edgar, Matty Pattison, James Troisi, Andy Carroll, Tim Krul, Charlie Barnett, Alex Francis, Darren Lough


Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Almiron, Jonathan Zebina, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Pavel Nedved, Jorge Andrade, David Trezeguet, Zdenek Grygera, Cristan Molinardo, Tiago Mendes, Marco Marchionni

Subs: Emanuele Belardi, Alessandro Birindelli, Giorgio Chiellini, Hasan Salihamidzic, Alessandro Del Piero, Jean Alain Boumsong, Domenico Criscito, Raffaele Palladino, Antonio Nocerino, Manuele Blasi, Nicola Legrottaglie

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

The game got off to a good start with both teams passing the ball around well. Luque kept up his scoring form with a penalty after just 9 minutes. Luque had a hand in the penalty award when he put a nice back-header through to Milner in the left hand channel and Milner was brought down. The penalty was dubious but referee Mark Clattenburg had no hesitation pointing to the spot.

Luque dispatched the penalty with great aplomb to the goalkeeper’s right as Buffon the wrong way. It was Luque’s third goal in two goals and he waved to the crowd after easily scoring. It’s clear that Luque certainly has sublime skills and is nopw showing some confidence.

After 10 minutes Huntington was found wanting as he allowed a ball inside him but given came out well smothered the ball. That showed the inexperience of young Huntington who still has things to learn at full back. Marchionni was posing a threat down the right wing and teed up French striker David Trezeguet on the edge of the area. Trezeguet sent in a right-foot shot just narrowly over the cross-bar.

After 19 minutes Rozehnal got in a nice clearing header to Solano just outside the box who then coolly played a header back to keeper Given. Nice play by Solano who seems to have a new lease on life under Big Sam.

The Newcastle defense at this stage was looking quite composed with Rozehnal looking calm and cool at the center of the defense – he looks like he’s a calming influence in the Newcastle defense.

After 33 minutes there was a scare for Newcastle as a loose ball is seized on by Machionni on the right wing. He sends in a cross and Pavel Nedved connects first-time to send a powerful low shot towards Given’s bottom left hand corner. Shay somehow turns the ball around the post with his left arm – a wonderful save from the Newcastle captain. The short corner is taken and Given ends the move with a save from Marchionni.

On 36 minutes Newcastle went two goals up. A great ball by N’Zogbia to Martins had Oba clear and he hit a bullet shot with his left foot that Buffon could only parry to Andy Carroll – who controlled the ball nicely from about 12 yards out and then hit a beautiful cross shot with his left foot for a wonderful goal. Some first goal for young Carroll and he certainly is looking the part as he gets more games under his belt.

On 40 minutes Carroll and Buffon went for a 50-50 ball and clashed just outside the penalty area. It looks like it was a deliberate foul by Buffon and in any other game Buffon would have been sent off. It was a knock to the head that felled Andy – but like a tough warrior he got up and recovered. Amazingly the referee doesn’t even give a foul against Buffon.

Sam made his way down from sitting next to Chris Mort and remonstrated with the referee – Sam looked furious.

On 41 minutes Peter Ramage almost got a goal as a free kick from Geremi curled into the box from the left wing and Ramage got a good back header in only for Buffon to save by turning the ball round the post.

At half time Newcastle were the better side (even dominating according to the Setanta sports commentators) and were well worth their 2-0 advantage.

In the second half David Edgar, James Troisi, Matty Pattison and Kieron Dyer replaced Martins, Rozehnal, Geremi and Milner. Rather surprisingly Dyer was brought on to play midfield with N’Zogbia – even though he is set to leave Newcastle imminently. This seemed a strange move by manager Allardyce.

The second half was not as bright and free flowing as the first half and Newcastle were protecting their lead even though Sam introduced a number of our youngsters to give them some good experience.

Newcastle were beginning to make lightning breaks from defense – mainly through N’Zogbia who was looking better and better in midfield as the game progressed. In fact it looks like Charles is back to his form of a couple years back.

Nedved for Juventus was beginning to control the game but then Newcastle should have got a third goal when a wonderful passing exchange between N’Zogbia, Dyer and Pattison saw Dyer straight through in the inside left channel but Dyer’s shot from six yards was blocked by Buffon. Dyer should have put the chance away.

On 67 minutes Dyer found himself almost straight through again but this time couldn’t quite get a touch to the ball and Buffon kicked clear. Then after 76 minutes N’Zogbia had a free kick just outside the penalty area and put in a strong swerving shot over the wall – that Buffon was just able to block and divert for a corner.

Newcastle were now playing the game out and were stringing some nice passes together with N’Zogbia prominent and the back four which at this time included youngsters Huntington Edgar and Lough were coping quite well with the Juventus forwards.

Man of the Match Award was announced as goalkeeper and captain Shay Given which we think surprised quite a few of the fans. No doubt Shay had another flawless game with a couple of great saves – but in truth he didn’t have much to do. Our man of the match was Charles N’Zogbia.

The final whistle came after two minutes of extra time to bring to a close a good game for Newcastle who ran out worthy winners.

The only real negative on the game was Luque’s groin injury. Let’s just hope he came off soon enough so there’s not too much damage. A positive of the game was the way the youngsters performed – they didn’t seem over-awed one bit by the Italian giants.

Note: Luque felt a tightening of the groin and decided to come off – so it doesn’t look a serious injury Albert has sustained – according to Sam – after the game.

27 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jul 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #1

    The old n’zogbia is back. He could be a massive player again for us this season but we really need a left back big time.

  • Jinal

    Jul 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, thanks so for the match report. I stayed up all night to watch the game and an hour before kick off, I somehow fell asleep – so I’m angry with myself!!

    It’s good to see a positive result for the lads. The team certainly seems to be getting more solid through out especially at the back (clean sheet??). If you manage to get the highlights for the game, please put them up.

    Howay man.

  • Mart

    Jul 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Another good workout today. We looked fit and full of running, and closed a very good passing team down very well.
    Good to see Zog back on board, fast, inventive and at times sublime touch on the ball.
    Milner and Nobby looking good.
    Great strike from Carroll after a bullet from Martins.

    Very happy with that.

  • Aaron D

    Jul 29, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    great game. Limited juventus to just long range efforts. Need a left and right back asap. Ramage looked good at center back and was fault less. Milner class was ever, N’Zogbia looked very good beating good players, tackling, pick out good passes, and had a few chances himself. Carroll took his good well and his workrate is great, better than shola.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    The youngsters played very well in this game – these young lads continue to look good – Andy Carroll like like a real pro out there today.

  • Phil

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Should also be said that Stephen Carr had another very good game at right back. Zog looked much better in his preferred central midfield role than out on the wing. Dyer made things happen when he came on, if only we can keep him and keep him fit. WIth Viduka and Owen up front against that lot it would have been a riot!

  • Obafan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – fantastic work to have the match report so fast on the side. Hopefully you can also add a link with the highlights of the game.

    Fantastic result again. Kept a clean sheet, so our defenders played a good game. Again a bad thing is the injury of Luque, perhaps it is not that bad but again a game played and a player injured. When will it stop?

    Good to read that youngster Caroll played good, so good backup if we get injuries upfront which will give the young lad a chance to gain experience during the EPL; But do not misunderstand me; I hope that our injury story is running at his end.

  • Obafan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #8

    How were the performances of;

    – Ramage
    – Geremi
    – Rozehnal
    – Carr

  • Ronaldo Assis de Moreira

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #9


    The goals are up on


  • Ivan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    newcastle rox

  • Jacob

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Watched the match live on my PC and the first half performance was great…especially N’Zogbia. Rozehnal also looked composed and cool. By the way, If any of you want to watch FREE LIVE FOOTBALL ON YOUR PC, then visit: or simply ‘google’ myp2p and find it that way. Anyway, once you’re there you can download the software free of charge that enables you to watch top flight european football, including EPL. On the left hand side of the myp2p page, click on football, and then the day your chosen match is on. You’ll then be taken to a page of televised fixtures. Click on the match you want to watch and it will tell you what software you need to view. Then, from the left side of the home page click on the required software link and you can download. Whole thing takes about 10 minutes.
    Ed, why don’t you give it a go and then you could write a piece telling all how it’s done?? It’s the site Rupert Murdoch doesn’t want us to know about.

  • Dingo

    Jul 29, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12

    obafan…… Carr looked a little out of sorts and struggling at times. Geremi did not have as much of the ball as he did against celtic but played well never the less. Ramage was solid and confident, as was Rozehnal…. a good show all in all… but we cant get ahead of ourselves… they fielded a strong team but lest us remeber the just got promoted from the Itilain eqivalent of the championship so we just beat Derby County!! if we can keep injury free then I have hopes for the season.

    Also just read the reports that the club is in more finacial trouble than previously expected, hence lack of transfer funds. We have our team for the season now maybe 1 or 2 more faces so lets get on with it.

  • Phil

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Obafan, I watched the same game and Carr played very well in my opinion. Unless you have already made your mind up you don’t like him, which a lot of toon supporters have, there is no way you could single him out as struggling or out of sorts. He had a very good game and nothing got past him at the back, made some good runs up front.

  • Obafan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Thanks for the info about the game…

  • nightfall

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

    very good match…diffrent newcastle as it was last season…thank you sam 🙂
    but huntington is too slow…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Obafan – Ramage was solid (almost scored with a header), Geremi – more subdued than last Thursday but some good corners and free kicks again, Rozehnal, cool and calm looking better all the time – good in the air, Carr – solid if unspectacular game.

  • Obafan

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Nice to hear aboout the performance of Rozehnal (I’ve said it he). Ramage playing well; does he see that Fuentes doctor out of the Tour de Frnace 😉 . Only kidding, no nice for him and hope for him thay he can continue his run.

    Is there something in the Cacapa story, Ed? Damned, I’ve said that I didn’t want to follow the gossip untill we sign the player. And I’m doing it again 😉

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Ronaldo – THANKS.

    I put the goals up on our Blog at

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 29, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Phil; I see what you’ve said about Carr: He was Ok, however he rode his luck a lot in the first half, never tracking his man, – who fortunately never received a suitable pass. His positioning for the first 20 minutes or so being Rubbish. Another day he just wouldn’t get away with it. Carr is not as bad as some make out, he looks OK when facing the right way and needing to clear his lines, but surely we could do better?

    He’s clearly short of a yard of pace (I don’t think his knees can really carry him any more), and isn’t the tallest of players for managing crosses

  • Soren

    Jul 29, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Very good game, and Newcastle was much more exciting to watch than last season. N’Zogbia looked very good in the central midfield. Given had some very good saves. Geremi looks like a good addition to the central midfield with great passing and a good tackler. Solano looks almost rejuvunated on the right wing ( ok, bit excited but nevertheless). Milner looks great as always. Ramage and Rosehnal looked very good indeed ( though a few mis-communication with Given, but it’s pre-season, so it’s okay ). Huntington and Carr also look quiet ok at the backs ( though a little out of position for Huntington, but a solid and approved effort). Luque & Martins looks quiet the team 😀 And when you look at Owen, Viduka and Ameobi we have a very very very lethal strike force. 🙂

  • Andreas

    Jul 30, 2007 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #21

    @Dingo – “remeber the just got promoted from the Itilain eqivalent of the championship so we just beat Derby County”

    LOL! Well mate, the only difference is that Juve will be challenging for the Scudetto with Inter and Milan – and hence I think it’s a tad more to a victory against Juve compared to a win over Derby who I have a hard time see challenging for the EPL crown :=)

  • Dingo

    Jul 30, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Phil…. i haven’t made my mind up about any player especially carr…….. I was just calling it as it is. had we been playing better oppostion he would have left us open at the back more often than not for my liking. It was only that Juve did not play into the space that saved him from the spotlight… if they did it would have been a different match. I would have loved to get the team read out from the heart monitors… i’d wager phil that SC would have been the highest for the distance and effort he put in. (for tonights match)

    Having said that I hope that SA will get him fitter & make him ditch the spare tire as it looks like we really need him this season unless there are a few more faces comming in… so good luck to him.

  • Dingo

    Jul 30, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Andreas… true mate… it was of bit tongue n cheek. and full of typos :\

  • ToonKing

    Jul 30, 2007 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #24

    I loved todays game, i can’t help but agree with the rest of u guys, N’Zogbia was terrific in CM and although Geremi had a more quiet game he was firm in control and made decisive tackles. I liked the Zog – Geremi combo very much, Geremi made the tackles and controled the midfield while Zog made the dribbles and passes.

    On Carr i agree with Rob Kirton, he rode his luck today. There were at least 2-3 cases where he just barely got back to tackle his man and he’s also very slow. None the less if no one comes in as a RB he could still do the job for us.

    But the most important thing is to get a LB we got absolutely no one there. I mean i like Huntington and all but today he was shite. It’s just not his position + hes still very young and inexperienced, Iaquinta bullied him around all game lucky for us he can’t hit a barn door.

  • Rich

    Jul 30, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Zog should of got man of the match, not sure which genius decided it was Shay.

    this game once again highlighted our need for more defenders, LB, RB and another few CB’s at least!!!! i dont care if they have prem experience or not players like Chiellini, Lahm & De Jong are a million times better than Carr & Huntington.

    less than 2 weeks before we kick off, something has to happen sooooooooon!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 30, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Rich – agree. But Shay can also be so under-rated – 2 blazing saves and never put a foot wrong – but Charles would have benefitted more from being named – he was fabulous.
    Seems to me that Shay is getting better if anything – and when we win that trophy nobody deserves it more than Shay.

  • Ross

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #27

    i agree zogs should probably have got man of the match. he looked a completly different player yesterday.
    bit gutted dyer played aswell as he did, although apparently allardyce said he was used purely due to lack of numbers. one lad in front of me refused to referr to him as nothing else other than “sicknote”..which i found quite funny.
    i thought carr looked alright..caught out of position at times, lacks a bit of pace, but didnt have too bad a game.
    i thought huntington however was really poor. sorry to anyone who has faith but he was caught in no mans land so many times, and players were just jogging past him with the ball. he seemed to get slightly better, but it was still nothing worth praise. we’re begging for a left back.


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