Pic Special: Rio Ave 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle United suffered their first defeat of pre-season with a 3-1 friendly defeat away at Portuguese side Rio Ave on Saturday night.

The Magpies found themselves three down with just 26 minutes played, as a quick-fire brace from home front man Hassan was followed up by a strike from midfielder Braga.

Alan Pardew's side improved after the restart and posed much more of a threat in the second half but only had a Shola Ameobi consolation to show for their efforts.

And Rio Ave were left to rue a late penalty miss, which saw substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot save Sandro Lima's late spot kick.

Photos taken by Newcastle United Managing Editor Anthony Marshall and also kindly supplied by Catarina Morais.

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