Newcastle won this game 2-1 and it was thanks to another fantastic free kick from Ryan Taylor after 72 minutes that gave Newcastle the win, after Demba Ba had put Newcastle ahead on 60 minutes with a penalty, which he missed, but put the rebound home>
And with the win Newcastle also win the 12th annual Guadiana Trophy, with 4 points from their two games.
Newcastle didn’t play all that well tonight but probably did enough to win the game, and they started very slowly for the first 30 minutes with Braga having all the possession.
It was 0-0 at the half, but then on 60 minutes as Newcastle tried to raise their game, Marveaux went through into the box, and his shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but then Newcastle got a penalty as Marveaux weaved his way through the box again, and was brought down – excellent play by Sylvain – and a clear penalty.
Demba Ba’s penalty was saved by the goalkeeper low to his right, good save, but Ba put the rebound home – and Newcastle were ahead 1-0, probably slightly against the run of play.
And on 67 minutes Sammy Ameobi had the ball in the back of the net again from a corner , but he was offside – just – but then almost immediately Braga pulled level.
The Portuguese side broke away quickly down the right wing and played some excellent one-two passes in the penalty box and Amorim’s shot wrong-footed Steve Harper and the ball rolled slowly into the net.
On 72 minutes Yohan Cabaye was introduced for his first taste of pre-season for the French International, and almost immediately from a free kick 25 yards out, Ryan Taylor put the ball into the top corner of the net.
It was another brilliant goal from Ryan Taylor – and he seems such an improved player since Alan Pardew came to Newcastle.
On 82 minutes Sammy Ameobi was flying down the right wing and was clumsily brought down by Douglao, and would you believe it – but Amorim was sent off after his stupid vociferous reaction to the Assistant referee, as the Braga players thought the ball was out of play.
But he was rightly sent off and Newcastle were in the same position as last night, one goal ahead and the opposition down to 10 men and late in the game..
Newcastle basically hung onto the lead in the last 10 minutes or so, but Braga had their chances to equalize.
In the last minute of added time Yohan Cabaye almost got a third for Newcastle after good work by Obertan and Vuckic down the right wing, but Yohan’s shot bounced just over the bar – and after four minutes of injury time the final whislte blew.
Newcastle won the game 2-1, our second win in five pre-season games.
A full report of the match will follow shortly – as we saw it.