Newcastle United got off to a disappointing start in the Coppa Carnevale tournament yesterday in Tuscany, when they lost 3-1 in their first group game to Fiorentina.
Newcastle and Fiorentina line up before the start of the game
Fiorentina is the most successful side in the history of the tournament, and the young Magpies were caught sleeping after just 15 minutes with two quick goals from the Italian side.
Pietro Iemmello got to a long through ball and hit home their first goal easily, and just two minutes later Boadu Maxwell Acosty crossed for Federico Carraro to slot home the second – and Newcastle found themselves 2-0 down after just 18 minutes.
And then in the second half the Italians went 3-0 up, through a Ryder Matos second half header, before Faroe Islands International Joan Edmundsson pulled one back for the Magpies.
Newcastle are part of Group Eight and in the other game, Club Nacional drew 2-2 with Lecce , so that was a good result for Newcastle, because if they now win their final two games they can still qualify for the play-off rounds.
After the game Peter Beardsley who is managing the squad said:
“We still think we can win two games. We’ve got a chance and hopefully that’ll be the case because we’ve come here to stay for as long as we can.” “Willie’s just said, in the nicest way possible, that he hopes he’s away from his family for another two weeks, because if we reached the final that would mean getting home two weeks today. In an ideal world, that would be perfect.”
“I don’t think it was a 3-1 game,” “We made a mistake for the first goal, which was disappointing, but two goals in two or three minutes almost kills you.” “But I thought in the second half we were outstanding. There wasn’t a lot of great football but we kept them under pressure, kept them under the cosh, so to then concede the third like we did was disappointing.”
“That’s something they have to learn from. They have to learn to deal with disappointment and to their credit they kept on going and Joan scored the goal.” “Fiorentina had some good players – and you also have to adapt to the way they throw themselves to the ground at times.”
“That’s something our players probably aren’t used to but that’ll come with experience and that’s why we’re here – to try and get a bit of experience of both sides of the coin, and I was pleased with their effort in keeping going.”
“It would have been easy to pack in at 2-0 but I would say from the minute the second goal went in, we pretty much had the ball for most of the game.” “We had some really good situations, where a better final delivery would have made a difference, but I think there were a lot of pluses”
It will be a little disappointing if the lads cannot qualify for the knockout rounds, but it looks like we’ll have to beat both Club Nacional and Lecce.
This is the Newcastle United side that played yesterday, and it seems that Haris Vuckic must have been out injured.
Ole Soderberg, Dan Leadbitter, Patrick McLaughlin (c), Paul Dummett, Jeff Henderson, Conor Newton, Greg McDermott, Michael Richardson, Brad Inman, Michael Richardson, Phil Airey (sub Dan Taylor).
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Louis Storey, Michael Hoganson.