Pic Special: Newcastle 1 Malaga 3

Newcastle United suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Malaga in their first game of the Schalke 04 Cup on Saturday.

The Spanish side raced into a three-goal lead before half-time, thanks to an eye-catching brace from teenager Samu Castillejo and one from Sergi Darder.

Gabriel Obertan pulled one back for the Magpies on the hour mark but Alan Pardew's side suffered a first defeat in four pre-season games.

Having kept three consecutive clean sheets in the build-up to this game, it was a nightmare start for United who were on the back foot for long spells of the opening period and had goalkeeper Rob Elliot to thank for keeping the scoreline down.

However, the stopper could do nothing about Darder's long-range drive which broke the deadlock in Malaga's favour, and Castiellejo then stole the show, volleying home at the far post before finding the top corner with the aid of a deflection.

Newcastle substitute Obertan provided a moment of cheer when he lashed home from a short corner but United were unable to claw their way back into the contest.

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