Spurs penalty woe down under

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – Friendly Match – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia – Report

Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 

(Newcastle United won 5-4 on penalties)

In a post-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – just three days after the conclusion of the Premier League campaign – following a 1-1 draw in regulation time, Newcastle United overcame Spurs 5-4 on penalties in front of a crowd of 78,419.  

With both teams playing their full-strength XIs in the first half, James Maddison capitalised on a poor clearance by Nick Pope to drift past the Magpies defence and fire home – via Pope’s body – to put Spurs 1-0 up in the thirty-second minute. 

Alexander Isak made it 1-1 just before half-time when Spurs keeper Brandon Austin parried Jacob Murphy’s cross into the path of the Swede to net from point-blank range.

With both sides choosing to make wholesale changes in the second half, the game lost momentum completely and with no further addition to the score in ninety minutes, the game then went straight to penalties.

Spurs’ first spot kick – taken by Bryan Gil – was saved by substitute keeper Mark Gillespie and this proved to be the only miss of the shoot-out, with the following nine penalties all being successfully converted thereafter with full back Harrison Ashby, returning to the club after spending last season on loan at Swansea, netting the final kick to seal the win for the Magpies.

Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald – https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/ – following the game:  

“The boys are straight on a plane tonight. It was an enormous effort from them when you consider the travel we needed to do to get here, and straight after a pretty important Premier League game.

“I have the bus ride back to the hotel and that will be it. It never really stops. But I will have some time off. I will meet up with the family on the weekend and we will go to Greece and switch off for a couple of weeks.

“But it never stops. There is plenty to do, but there are a lot of people doing the bulk of it. I will just be there to provide some direction.”

Newcastle are scheduled to play a second match at the MCG against an A-League All-Star side on Friday. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Austin (Whiteman 78′) Porro (Abbott 45′) Dragusin (Hall 71′) Van de Ven (Philips 45′) Royal, Sarr (Donley 60′) Bentancur (Skipp 45′) Maddison (Devine 45′) Kulusevski (Scarlett 69′) Son (Capt) (Gil 60′) Johnson (Santiago 69) Subs not used: Vicario, Black, Kyerematen, Bryan

Newcastle United: Pope (Gillespie 45’) Trippier (J. Murphy 37′) Krafth (Thompson 78′) Burn (A. Murphy 63′) Hall (Charlton 77′) Anderson (Hernes 78′) Joelinton (White 45′) Guimaraes (De Bolle 70′) Almiron (Ashby 63′) Isak (Wilson 45′) (Kuol 70′), Barnes (Diallo 63′) Subs not used: Turner, Cooke, Parkinson

Attendance: 78,419