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Newcastle v Braga: Key Moments

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The key moments from St. James' Park, where Newcastle and SC Braga shared a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United 1 (Coloccini 60)
SC Braga 1 (Alan pen)


WHISTLE-MDC-icons90+2mins: Lee Mason's whistle signals the end of the match and it's honours even between Braga, who played in the Champions League last season, and Newcastle. Alan's first half penalty put the visitors ahead but Fabricio Coloccini headed home on the hour from a Hatem Ben Arfa corner and there's applause all round as the players head off.

90mins: There will be two minutes of additional time.

SUB-MDC-icons87mins: A change for both sides: Florent Hanin is on for Joaozinho for the away side while Gabriel Obertan gets a run-out for Newcastle in place of Ben Arfa.

85mins: Another Ben Arfa corner ends in the ball flying into the net. His floated delivery towards the edge of the box is volleyed into the ground by Cabaye and diverted goalwards by Gouffran but the flag is up against the Frenchman.

SUB-MDC-icons81mins: Joao Pedro is the latest man to enter the fray for the visitors - he replaces Baiano.

SUB-MDC-icons78mins: Helder Barbosa replaces Mauro for Braga.

SUB-MDC-icons76mins: On a day when football is celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Robson, it's fitting that Newcastle make a triple substitution - something he was a fan of at St. James' Park. Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Mathieu Dubuchy make way for Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.

74mins: Custodio has a shot from 22 yards but it goes well wide and flies into the Leazes Stand.

71mins: Sissoko tries his luck from distance and his low shot zips agonisingly wide of Cristiano's goal.

70mins: Rafa cuts inside and sees his shot easily saved by Krul as the Newcastle fans in the Strawberry corner do the 'Poznan'.

SUB-MDC-icons67mins: Luis Silva is on for Ruben Micael as Braga make another change.

66mins: Salvador Arga's free-kick, awarded for that foul by Coloccini, flashes inches wide of the goal with Krul at full stretch.

65mins: Having scored five minutes ago, Coloccini almost goes from hero to villain as his sloppy backpass is pounced upon by substitute Yazalde. Coloccini tugs him back as the Braga man runs clear and is booked, but would probably have been set off in a league match.

SUB-MDC-icons64mins: Shola Ameobi is replaced by Yoan Gouffran and although he hasn't added to his pre-season goal haul, Ameobi has done well again today.

63mins: Another Newcastle set-piece and almost another goal. Dummett wins a free-kick on the left and Cabaye's cross causes problems for Braga, who fail to clear their lines as Cisse and Sissoko both have shots blocked.

GOAL-MDC-icons60mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-1): United are level - and it's from a corner! They didn't score enough from set-pieces last term but there was no way Fabricio Coloccini was going to miss, such was the quality of Ben Arfa's delivery from the right, and the skipper sent a powerful header into the Gallowgate net.

53mins: Ben Arfa and Moussa Sissoko combine on the right for Shola Ameobi to unleash a shot from 16 yards which is bravely blocked by a defender and sub keeper Cristiano pats Ben Arfa's corner away.

SUB-MDC-icons52mins: Gutierrez pulls up with what looks like a hamstring injury and Sammy Ameobi takes his place ahead of joining up with the England under-21 squad for their game against Scotland.

SUB-MDC-iconsWHISTLE-MDC-icons46mins: Braga get the second half started and there's been a host of changes. Tim Krul is on for Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett replaces Davide Santon and Yohan Cabaye comes on for Cheick Tiote while Braga make several of their own.


WHISTLE-MDC-icons45+1mins: The whistle goes and Newcastle trail to that controversial Alan penalty on the stroke of half time.

GOAL-MDC-icons45mins - BRAGA GOAL (0-1): The dreadlocked Alan steps up to take the penalty and sends Rob Elliot the wrong way. Ironically, the penalty was scored by Alan and won by Pardo, but the similarly-named Alan Pardew won't be happy about that award. There will be just one minute of added time.

PENALTY-MDC-icons44mins: Felipe Pardo runs at Mathieu Debuchy, who backs off as the Braga man throws himself to the ground as the defender's leg brushes against him. The player rolls around in apparent agony as Lee Mason points to the spot but that seems a very harsh decision.

43mins: Another great run from Gutierrez ends in another low cross and again Ameobi attacks it, only for Paulo Vinicius to pinch it away as the striker pulls back his foot.

42mins: Two of Newcastle's best players of the summer, Jonas Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi, combine as Gutierrez beats his man and crosses low and Ameobi stabs just wide under pressure from a defender, but Eduardo's save from Cisse's curler remains the only opportunity either keeper has had to impress.

33mins: It has been a fairly low key affair so far - the biggest cheer of the day came before kick-off when new boy Loic Remy was introduced to the crowd.

19mins: Papiss Cisse makes room as he cuts inside and curls an effort similar to his strike at St. Mirren towards goal. The only difference is that this time, it's saved as Eduardo flies to his left to push it away with a great save.

14mins: Luiz Carlos wins the ball from Ben Arfa, who had ghosted past a couple of previous challenges, and advances towards goal before firing well wide from around 30 yards.

8mins: United have forced a succession of early corners and Ben Arfa got the fans on their feet with a superb piece of skill where he twisted and turned his marker three or four times to win one of them, but there have been no chances at either end since Coloccini's first-time effort.

2mins: Hatem Ben Arfa fizzes in a low cross and captain Fabricio Coloccini - who laid a wreath under the Sir Bobby Robson statue at the stadium prior to kick-off - fizzes just wide.

WHISTLE-MDC-icons 1min: Wearing their new Members home kit of black and white halves, Newcastle take kick-off after an emotional minute's applause for Sir Bobby Robson on the day named in his honour by the Football Association. United are attacking towards the Leazes Stand in this opening 45 minutes.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot (Tim Krul 46); Mathieu Debuchy (Steven Taylor 76), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 46); Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 87), Cheick Tiote (Yohan Cabaye 46), Moussa Sissoko (Vurnon Anita 76), Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 52); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 64), Papiss Cisse (Sylvain Marveaux 76)

Subs not used: Dan Gosling

SC Braga (4-4-2): Eduardo (Cristiano 46); Baiano (Joao Pedro 82), Paulo Vinicius (Custodio 46), Aderlan Santos, Joaozinho (Florent Hanin 87); Alan (c) (Nuno Andre Coelho 46), Luiz Carlos (Salvador Agra 46), Mauro (Helder Barbosa 78) , Ruben Micael (Luis Silva 67); Edinho (Yazalde 46), Felipe Pardo (Rafa 46)

Sub not used: Pedro Santos

Referee: Lee Mason