Demba Ba

Newcastle United 1 (Ba 33)
Monaco 0


90mins: Steve Harper has been excellent tonight and he makes another big save, this time to deny Valentin Eysseric from close range after slack defending from the Magpies. That proves crucial as the whistle blows seconds later and the Magpies have tasted victory in their second pre-season outing of their German tour. Demba Ba's first-half strike proved the difference and although Monaco - whose season starts in a fortnight - are further ahead in terms of fitness and preparation, United's class told.

87mins: Jeremy Labor comes on for Eric Marester and Delvin Ndinga replaces Gary Coulibaly in Monaco's latest change as the stadium in Landsberg am Lech begins to empty.

84mins: Good defending from Tavernier then leads to an attack as the youngster plays a raking long ball for Obertan to race onto and the Frenchman has all the time in the world to size up a shot as he runs clear of the defence, only for his effort to be blocked by Subasic's trailing leg. Following up is Gosling, but his goalbound effort is blocked on the line. 

78mins: Sylvain Marveaux comes on for Demba Ba and that's a welcome sight for United, with Marveaux nursing a slight injury at the start of the tour but now clearly deemed fit enough to play some part tonight. That means Danny Simpson and Jonas Gutierrez are the only Newcastle players who have played the whole game.

75mins: Nabil Dirar comes off for Emir Bajrami while Tristan Dingome replaces Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, who has been Monaco's best player tonight.

72mins: Ryan Taylor's left-wing corner is met by Ba, who once again springs well, but the Senegalese striker's header goes narrowly wide. It's interesting to note that United, who didn't score many goals from set-pieces last season, have looked pretty dangerous from corners and free-kicks tonight and that will certainly please Pardew, who has spoken of his desire to improve that area of his side's make-up.

68mins: One of the Monaco subs, Adriano Da Silva, tries his luck from 35 yards with an attempted lob but a goalkeeper of Steve Harper's experience is unlikely to be caught out from there and he's able to backpedal to comfortably keep the ball out.

62mins: Both sides make triple substitutions, with Cheick TioteDan Gosling and Gabriel Obertan on for Gael Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi and Romain Amalfitano from a Magpies perspective. Jonas Gutierrez has taken the captain's armband from Ameobi, who started as skipper tonight.

57mins: Newcastle's fourth substitution sees Ryan Taylor replace Davide Santon, with the versatile Merseysider slotting in at right-back.

49mins: Most of Monaco's best attacks in the first half came down the left and despite the new personnel for United, it seems that may be the case again. From a beautiful delivery, Germaine rises above Perch to send a powerful header off the angle of post and bar with Harper beaten for the first time tonight.

46mins: Pardew has made three changes at the break - James Perch is on for Mike Williamson, Haris Vuckic replaces Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier is on for Mehdi Abeid which will see a few tactical changes for United.


45mins: It's half-time and Newcastle lead thanks to Demba Ba's far post header. The Magpies started and finished the half brightly but the Frenchmen had the better of the action in between, and Alan Pardew has Steve Harper to thank for a couple of fine stops. All in all, though, the United boss and the travelling fans will be happy with what they've seen so far this evening.

44mins: The Ameobi brothers almost combine to devastating effect as Sammy produces a wonderful turn to beat two markers and then slips in a clever pass for Shola, whose first-time effort is beaten away by Subasic who shows strong hands to palm the ball away from danger.

40mins: Abeid loses out to a crunching tackle in his own half and the ball breaks to Toure, whose sends a skimming low shot goalwards but once again Harper is equal to it, diving to his left to get a vital fingertip to turn it around the post. The veteran stopper would have been disappointed to have been beaten from there but it was a smart save nonetheless and may well get a mention in his nufcTV tour diary tonight!

33mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): Against the run of play, Newcastle are in front and it's Demba Ba who is on target with United's first goal of the summer. The ball is pumped in from the left by Abeid and headed across goal by Mike Williamson, whose looping touch is nodded on by Shola Ameobi and off a Monaco defender to cause panic for the Monaco keeper. It's a case of who can jump the highest at the far post as the ball arcs upwards and Ba, a keen basketball player, does just that, rising to nod the ball home.

26mins: A stunning stop from Harper keeps the scoreline goalless as the ball comes in low from the left for Toure to meet with a sidefooted effort, only for Harper to somehow keep the ball out from point-blank range before the ball is recycled from the right and this time Toure sends an overhead kick over the bar. The French side - whose season kicks off in just two weeks - are certainly on top at the moment.

21mins: The French side come close again as Santon's weak back-header exposes Steve Harper allowing Yannick Ferreira Carrasco to nip in and attempt to loft the ball over the Magpies keeper, who is relieved to see the ball drop just wide of the target. Harper arguably did just enough to put the Monaco man off.

20mins: From a Monaco corner taken short from the left, the ball comes to Valerie Germain who just scuffs his shot when a better connection would surely have sent it into the bottom corner rather than against a black and white shirt.

13mins: Mehdi Abeid, partnering Gael Bigirimana in the engine room, seems to have been given a licence to get forward and he flashes a 20 yard drive off target. At the other end, a half-chance for Ibrahima Toure - last season's leading scorer for the French side - was quickly snuffed out by a Mike Williamson block.

10mins: After the excitement of the first minute, when Newcastle came agonisingly close to taking the lead through Ameobi, there have been no more clear cut chances to report but the game is being played at a good tempo for a pre-season friendly and no quarter is being given nor asked for from either side.

1min: We're underway here in the Bavarian sunshine with Newcastle kicking off against the seven-times Champions of France. United are in their new home kit once more, with Monaco - now managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri - in red and white. And inside the first minute, as Romain Amalfitano's corner is only half-cleared, United almost take the lead. Santon prodded the ball forward to Demba Ba, whose cutback was met by a flick from Shola Ameobi but it trickled off the base of the post and into the arms of the grateful Danijel Subasic.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper, Davide Santon (Ryan Taylor 57), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson (James Perch 46), Jonas Gutierrez, Romain Amalfitano (Gabriel Obertan 62), Mehdi Abeid (James Tavernier 46), Gael Bigirimana (Cheick Tiote 62), Sammy Ameobi (Haris Vuckic 46), Shola Ameobi (c) (Dan Gosling 62), Demba Ba (Sylvain Marveaux 78)

Subs not used: Rob Elliot

Monaco (4-4-2): Daniel Subasic; Eric Marester (Jeremy Labor 86), Andreas Wolf (c) (Adriano Da Silva 63), Andrea Raggi (Gary Kagelmacher 63), Layvin Kurzawa (Dennis Appiah 63); Nabil Dirar (Emir Bajrami 75), Nampalys Mendy, Gary Coulibaly (Delvin N'Dinga 86), Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Tristan Dingome 75); Ibrahima Toure (Valentin Eysseric, 63), Valere Germain (Nacer Barazite 63)

Subs not used: Martin Sourzac, Marc-Aurele Caillard, Kevin Diaz, Stephane Dumont, Dominique Pandor, Jakob Poulsen, Alexandros Tziolis, Nicaise Salli Edgar

Referee: Peter Sippel