Highlights of Newcastle United’s 2-1 victory against S.C. Braga in the pre season “Guadiana Torneo” at the Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
It was Demba Ba who opened the scoring in the 64th minute. It was a decidedly lukewarm penalty which was saved by Beto in the Braga goal initially, however Ba made up for it by taking good advantage of the rebound and sticking it in the back of the net at the second attempt. Braga were to equalise four minutes after though with a timely strike by Amorim, but thankfully, it was Ryan Taylor who had the final word with another one of his handy set piece masterpieces in the 73rd minute.
Like yesterday evening’s “friendly,” it wasn’t really so friendly with a bit of argy bargy on both sides. Like yesterday it also saw another red card for an opposition player, this time it was for Braga defender, Douglao, a hot headed, imposing Brazilian centre back who is not unlike the hot headed, imposing Brazilian centre back called Douglas who the Magpies are allegedly after, with the temper to match too!
Anyway, apparently, this means that the Magpies have won the trophy itself after yesterday’s draw with Olympiacos and now the victory this evening. The trophy is in the design of the famous Guadiana Bridge that links Portugal with Spain (I thought they were linked by hundreds of miles of land anyway?). Being a trophy starved NUFC fan, I wanted to see a full presentation ceremony with the full works, but alas, it wasn’t to be.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper (G), Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 88), Cheick Tiote (Yohan Cabaye 72), Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Haris Vuckic 86),
Subs: Tim Krul (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi.
SC Braga: Beto (G), Baiano, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Luis Alberto, Ruben Amorim, Carlao (Jose Luis HT), Paulo Cesar (C), Ismaily, Manoel (Eder HT), Djamal (Custodio 69).
Subs: Custodio, Hugo Viana, Salino, Mossoro, Alan, Helder Barbosa, Lima, Cristiano, Eder, Jose Luis, Elderson.
Referee: Paulo Batista.
Goals: Demba Ba (Pen 64), Ruben Amorim (68), Ryan Taylor (73)
Yellow cards: Cheik Tiote (52), Demba Ba (67), Luis Alberto (67),
Red cards: Douglao (84).
PS: I have just added a photo of Captain Coloccini holding the trophy Newcastle United won for the efforts in Portugal, “El Trofeo del Guadiana” below. As you can see, it’s very nice!