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Newcastle 2-2 Club Nacional in Torneo di Viareggio

Posted on February 24th, 2011 | 9 Comments |

Michael Richardson, Toon Youth Team
Scorer Michael Richardson
Newcastle United’s youth team will struggle to qualify for the next round of the Torneo di Viareggio after a draw with Club Nacional

I sometimes think I’m the only person interested in this competition, so I’ll keep it brief!

Having lost the first game in our pool to Fiorentina, we needed to win the last two to be sure of qualifying for the last 16.

Unfortunately the wheels have come off a bit as we only managed a draw with Club Nacional in our second match, leaving us third in pool 8.

The pool 8 table now looks like this after 2 games each:

FIORENTINA 6 pts
CLUB NACIONAL 2 pts
NEWCASTLE 1 pts
LECCE 1 pts

There will eventually be a full match report on the official NUFC site, but apparently Club Nacional (from Paraguay) went one up with a goal from Melanio Baez. We equalised through Michael Richardson and then they put in an own goal, giving us a lead. Finally, though, Cesar Antonio Verdun lobbed a goal for the Paraguayans to claim the draw.

With one game to play we’re now relying on other results going our way if we’re to qualify.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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9 Responses

  1. “I sometimes think I’m the only person interested in this competition”

    Nope. I’ve been checking it out, Hugh as I believe that children are our future, and that we should teach them well and let them lead the way.

    How did the knee job go?

  2. Worky, things are always more complicated than they at first appear, and my knee is no different.

    The MRI scan revealed stuff that X-Ray didn’t, most notably osteochondritis, which is where some cartilage and bone has come away.

    This is a bit more serious in that if it doesn’t mend it will mean an end to any ‘impact activities’ for me, so I first have 8 weeks physio scheduled to strengthen everything around the joint. Then I’ll get an injection under the kneecap to reduce the swelling and if it isn’t better after that lot it’s a matter of keyhole surgery.

    He did say I could have had a jab under the knee today (which I was expecting) but recommended against it in light of the newly discovered injury so that I can feel what’s happening during physio.

  3. Hugh de Payen says:
    February 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    “This is a bit more serious in that if it doesn’t mend it will mean an end to any ‘impact activities’ for me, so I first have 8 weeks physio scheduled to strengthen everything around the joint”

    Physios are a bit hit and miss in my experience. Hope you get a good one.

  4. Aye, I hope so too Worky.

    It’s all a bit tedious having to go to physio every week for 8 weeks, but I suppose it’s better than having a permanently crocked knee!

  5. Hugh de Payen says:
    February 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    “Aye, I hope so too Worky.”

    I recall having a few attractive young backpacking types from Australia and South Africa. They always seemed to be on their mobiles and their half hearted prodding seemed pretty much useless at the time. Then, eventually, I got a big bruiser called “Mario” who was as strong as an Ox and almost ripped me apart! He wasn’t as pretty, but he was much more effective!

  6. lol, then I suppose I should hope for a “Mario” in terms of the best results, which is a shame as in general I prefer to have my body manipulated by attractive young women.

  7. Ian says:
    February 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    “Beat Lecce, Fiorentina/Nacional draw and Fior win, and we’re through. ta-da”

    Good to see that myself and Hugh aren’t the only ones who are interested in the bairns, Ian!

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