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  • Updated: May 22, 2024

Newcastle beat Tottenham on penalties in Melbourne friendly

Newcastle beat Tottenham on penalties in Melbourne friendly

Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United played an unusual friendly match in Australia barely three days after the 2023/2024 season ended with Newcastle emerging winners 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday.

The friendly was seen by a record 78,419 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and finished 1-1 after normal time. The match went ahead despite concerns about the increasing workload being faced by players.

England midfielder James Maddison, who was named in England's provisional squad for Euro 2024, scored the 32nd-minute opener for Spurs, taking advantage of a poor pass by Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and then weaving past the Magpies defence and smashing into the top corner.

Swedish striker Alexander Isak levelled from close range just before half-time.

The game then went straight to penalties with Bryan Gil having Spurs' first spot-kick saved by Mark Gillespie - the only one missed as the remaining nine were converted.

Right-back Harrison Ashby, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, struck the winning penalty for Newcastle.

Both clubs named strong squads for the trip with England defender Kieran Trippier, Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Isak in the Newcastle starting line-up, while Maddison, Dutch defender Micky van de Ven and South Korea captain Son Heung-min in the Spurs ranks.

Trippier, who like Maddison is in England's provisional Euro 2024 squad, came off after 36 minutes, which Newcastle said was "pre-planned".

Speaking before the match, boss Eddie Howe said it was an opportunity to "grow the name of Newcastle".

While Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou accepted that "exposure and revenue" was a key element of the long trip, he acknowledged that had his side been in European competition this season he would have blocked it.

Newcastle will also play a second match against an A-League All-Star side on Friday.

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