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Newcastle United Under 23s vs SL Benfica B at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

Newcastle United Under 23s


SL Benfica B

FT 22nd November 2019 7:00 PM

Northumberland FA

Premier League International Cup

22nd November 2019 7:00 PM

Newcastle United under-23s were held to a 1-1 draw against Benfica B in their opening group game in the Premier League International Cup.

Ludwig Francillette's header opened the scoring for the hosts before Benfica equalised through Daniel Dos Anjos' first half penalty after Luke Charman's foul.

Newcastle goalkeeper Jake Turner produce two fine stops in the latter stages to ensure a point for the Magpies in their opening Group C clash. 

The young Magpies headed into their game against the Portuguese outfit on the back of two cup defeats after losing to Port Vale and West Bromwich Albion's second-string in the Leasing.com Trophy and Premier League Cup respectively. 

Rosaire Longelo returned to the starting line-up while goalkeeper Jake Turner maintained his place in front of goal ahead of Dan Langley for the Group C clash. 

Newcastle's second-string got off to an ideal start as, in the 13th minute, Francillette netted his first goal for United's second-string since joining last summer.

After Longelo's in-swinging cross from the right flank flew into the penalty area, the French defender was on hand to cleverly direct the ball into the far left hand corner.

However, Benfica levelled the tie in the 34th minute as the Portuguese visitors were awarded a penalty. After a corner was sent into the penalty area, referee Aaron Jackson pointed to the spot after Luke Charman was adjudged to have pulled Kevin Csoboth down inside the box.

Dos Anjos netted the resulting spot kick as his low 12-yard drive was sent past Turner, despite the former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper guessing the correct way.

With half time approaching, Elliot Anderson almost grabbed his second goal in as many games before the break.

The Scotland under-18 international - who scored in United's Leasing.com Trophy defeat to Port Vale - was set up by Luke Charman inside the penalty area but the 17-year-old saw his low strike at goal pushed away by Fabio Duarte. 

In the second half, Benfica's Martin Chrien sent a free kick from the edge of the penalty area narrowly wide of the post as many fans in attendance believed the Slovakian's set piece had crept into the bottom right hand corner.

Newcastle took their turn in front of goal and were unfortunate not to retake the lead as Jack Young's header was saved by Duarte. Following Tom Allan's accurate cross from the right wing, the 19-year-old midfielder's headed attempt towards goal was comfortably held by the Portuguese shot-stopper.

With the game approaching its final minutes, Turner kept United on level terms with a double stop. The first attempt at goal from Nuno Santos was clawed away from the 20-year-old before the shot-stopper's second save saw him forced into tipping David Zec's close range header onto the crossbar.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Jack Young, Mo Sangare, Tom Allan (Joe White 79), Elliot Anderson (Victor Fernández 72), Rosaire Longelo (Adam Wilson 65), Luke Charman.

Subs not used: Oisín McEntee, Dan Langley, Ryan Barrett, Yannick Touré.

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