Newcastle lost their first game of pre-season at Mainz in Germany when the home side ran out 2-1 winners with their winning goal coming with just 6 minutes to go in the blazing heat in Germany.
This game was not broadcast live in video.
Newcastle seems to have got off to a terrible start and were behind after only 5 minutes of this game when Levin Oztunali easily beat Newcastle goalkeeper from 10 yards out and if was poor defending from the Magpies.
Mainz players celebrate goal
Newcastle were reported to have a lot of the ball in the first half, but just like last season we struggled in the final third of the pitch and couldn’t create many chances, and we did not play particularly well in that first 45 minutes.
The score was 1-0 at the break with Newcastle looking to be a little frustrated at the break in the high humidity in Germany.
At the start of the second half, Rafa made a bunch of changes and Chancel Mbemba, Rolando Aarons and Jesus Gamez replaced Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, and Paul Dummett.
On the hour mark, more changes from Newcastle as Rafa brought on Shelvey, Woodman, Hayden, Gayle, Perez, and Atsu and off came Diame, Darlow, Murphy, Mitrovic, Colback and De Jong.
And then on 65 minutes, Newcastle were level when Atsu’s cross wasn’t cleared, and Perez was in the fray, and the ball fell to Spanish full-back Gamez, and his 20-yard shot took a huge deflection, and it was 1-1.
On 72 minutes 20-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made an excellent stop from Viktor Fischer – this lad already looks the part in the Newcastle goal.
With 11 minutes to go on came new signing Mikel Merino for his first appearance for the Magpies and the 6ft 2ins tall player came on at center-back replacing another new signing this summer – Florian Lejeune.
But then with just 6 minutes to go, Mainz, retook the lead when Viktor Fischer scored.
The game ended with Newcastle losing 2-1 – the first defeat in out four preseason games so far against the best opposition we have played.
It will be interesting to hear what Rafa says after this game because those at the game said he didn’t look too pleased on the touchline a number of times during this match.
These are only friendly games, but it’s always nice to win – it gets our players into that habit of winning – whatever it takes.
Newcastle: Darlow (Woodman 60); Yedlin (Manquillo 29), Clark (Mbemba 46), Lejeune (Merino 79), Dummett (Gamez 46); Ritchie (Aarons 46), Diame (Shelvey 60), Colback (Hayden 60), Murphy (Atsu 60); De Jong (Perez 60); Mitrovic (Gayle 60).
Attendance: 6,470 – not many there.