From the reports from Murcia, Spain today not much has changed with Newcastle squandering many chances that should have given the Magpies a comfortable win over CSKA Moscow but the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Sounds far too familiar and was the same score as against Royal Antwerp a year ago in the same stadium – the Pinatar Arena.
Both new boys Alrmron and Barreca started the game.
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The Newcastle side lacked punch in the final third of the field in the game even after Salomon Rondon opened the scoring in very windy conditions.
Newcastle started the game playing in a 3-4-3 formation and created an opportunity after only a couple of minutes when Kenedy set up a chance for Salomon Rondon but the Venezuelan was unable to connect.
Newcastle opened the scoring after 16 minutes and it was a right-wing cross from US International DeAndre Yedlin that Rondon chested down nicely before hitting a sweet shot into the corner of the net.
Newcastle’s lack of quality inside the opposing penalty was there for all to see and we need at least one new striker brought in during the summer.
If we had some top strikers in the side this game would have been over by half time.
But just four minutes before the break, CSKA Moscow Fyodor Chalov forced Karl Darlow into a good save but Abel Hernandez put the ball in the back of the net for the equalizer.
Salomon Rondon – after scoring
Newcastle could have gone ahead early in the second half when Joselu got around the goalkeeper but Rodrigo Becao cleared off the line.
Joselu was then clean through on goal but the Spaniard shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Matt Ritchie took a free kick outside the penalty area but shot straight at the goalkeeper as Newcastle tried to regain the lead.
But it was frustrating for Newcastle with the side looking solid at the back but unable to score even though the team set up a number of good chances.
So it seems like the same old same old.
We must convert some of these chances we create in our next two league games at home to Huddersfield and Burnley – two games we have to win.
The only player not to play today was Martin Dubravka and 22 players were given a chance in the game.
Jonjo Shelvey and Ciaran Clark did not make the squad and both have to be doubtful for the upcoming game at home Huddersfield a week today.