St James’ Park is set to welcome a strong Dortmund side for Newcastle United’s first pre-season friendly of the summer. BVB have confirmed they’ll rotate players this afternoon ahead of the friendly at Eastleigh on Wednesday, but both sides are expected to play strong sides with the usual changes of personnel at half-time.
After being particularly wasteful with chances in their 2-1 win at Doncaster in midweek, we may see three up-top for Dortmund, with Lewandowski and Schieber being joined by Viktor Fischer. With fitness reportedly not an issue, Surman may look deeper in his squad to step-up against tougher opposition. Götze, Leitner, Bender, and Perisic – with his 5 goals in 6 friendlies – are likely to start on the bench.
Newcastle United have been back in the English top-flight for three years after suffering their only relegation from the Premier League in 2009. Finishing 12th, 5th and 16th in those three seasons, consistency isn’t something the club has been known for of late. Winning the Championship in 2012 aside, the club hasn’t lifted a domestic trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1955.
Newcastle can call upon a fit squad with just three exceptions: Ryan Taylor (hernia) and Haris Vuckic (hip) will miss a month, while Remie Streete is at the U19 Euros with England.
Dortmund manager Surman was here with previous club Wigan Athletic in December 2012, where United ran out 3-0 winners. Newcastle were the opponents for his final home match at the DW Stadium too, with Wigan enjoying a 3-1 win thanks to two goals from Franco di Santo.
After tonight, the Magpies play a three-match tour in Sweden, before friendlies at Bury and Córdoba (Spain), with their Premier League season starting on 17 August with a home game against fierce rivals Sunderland.
Newcastle United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund Ameobi 53 Fischer 55, 90+2 Lewandowski 72 Götze 77 (Att: 28,957) Friendly, St James' Park. Drizzle 17°C. Ref: Mike Jones
NEWCASTLE UNITED | BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1. Tim Krul 6.6 | 1. Roman Weidenfeller 6.9 2. Danny Simpson 6.8 | 2. Julian Koch 6.8 3. Davide Stanton 6.9 | 3. Chris Löwe 6.9 4. Steven Taylor 7.0 | 4. Neven Subotic 8.8 5. Fabricio Coloccini (c) 7.0 | 5. Mats Hummels (c) 8.7 6. Charles Aránguiz 7.0 | 6. Marvin Bakalorz 6.4 7. Jermaine Pennant 6.8 | 7. Ilkay Gündogan 7.0 8. Vurnon Anita 6.7 | 8. Paulinho 6.8 9. Papiss Cissé 6.8 | 9. Viktor Fischer 8.8 10. Demba Ba 6.6 | 10. Julian Schieber 6.2 11. Jonás Gutiérrez 6.9 | 11. Robert Lewandowski 8.8 ------------------------------ ----------------------------- SGK Craig Gordon 6.7 | SGK Pierre Kleinheider 6.7 Sub Manuel Parnic 6.3 | Sub Marcel Schmelzer 7.0 Sub Simon Kjær 6.8 | Sub Mario Götze 8.2 Sub Gabriel Obertan 6.5 | Sub Ivan Perisic 7.0 Sub Nile Ranger 6.1 | Sub Lukasz Piszczek . Sub Mike Williamson 5.4 | Sub Roberto . Sub Curtis Good . | Sub Kevin Großkreutz . Sub Lucas Biglia 6.9 | Sub Felipe Santana . Sub Shola Ameobi 7.1 | Sub Sven Bender 7.0 Sub Lewis Aird 6.9 | Sub Jakub Blaszczykowski . Sub Macauley Booth 6.2 | Sub Andreas Beck 7.0 Sub Gael Bigirimana 5.7 | Sub Moritz Leitner 7.0
Live match report by @realtimeFM:
0′ Mike Jones gets us underway at St James’ Park for Newcastle’s first friendly this summer, hosting Borussia Dortmund.
3′ Schieber felled on the edge of the area, referee plays an advantage and Paulinho fires a shot straight at Krul.
4′ Pennant beats two and whips a fast, low cross into the near post. Cisse jabs a foot out and it rolls inches wide of Weidenfeller’s post.
9′ Koch gets a throw wrong, Ba intercepts and Newcastle pour forwards on a counter. Cisse steams forward but can’t connect to his cross.
13′ Coloccini let’s Fischer know he’s there with a crunching challenge in the centre circle as BVB look to break. No more than a free kick.
20′ Chris Löwe being given a torrid time by Jermaine Pennant at left back.
24′ Hummels gets a great challenge to deny Ba. Him and Subotic look very solid at the back. Full backs not on form this afternoon.
29′ Pennant again gets the better of Löwe. Manager Surman making notes on the touchline. Some 2nd-string players fighting for places here.
32′ Pennant whips a cross in, Hummels gets a touch but ball squirms loose. Ba pokes towards goal, but eventually hacked away. Real chance.
32′ Straight up the other end and Dortmund win first corner of the game. Taylor gets a block on a through ball to Schieber.
33′ Löwe receives a short corner and slides a ball through to Lewandowski who converts from 10 yards, but a foul given against the Pole.
38′ Schieber bursts away down the right. Fischer and Lewandowski late to arrive in the box, so he finds Gündogan who drives at Krul from 12.
39′ Julian Koch has signalled to the bench that he’s in some discomfort. Pulls up short in a race with Ba after deflecting for a corner.
43′ Subotic gets a reprimand from ref Mike Jones after he hauls back Gutierrez on the left wing. FK headed away for a corner by Hummels.
45′ Lewandowski connects with a Bakalorz cross but sees his volley roll along the goal line before being hacked away by Taylor.
Half Time: Newcastle United 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)
SUBS – NEWCASTLE: (On) Ranger, Biglia, Ameobi, Aird, Bigirimana (Off) Simpson, Pennant, Anita, Cisse, Ba.
SUBS – BVB: (On) Kleinheider (gk), Schmelzer, Götze, Bender, Beck, Leitner (Off) Weidenfeller (gk), Koch, Löwe, Paulinho, Bakalorz, Schieber.
46′ Second half kicks off as we get the attendance of 28,957. Dortmund win an early corner, headed straight at Krul by Lewandowski.
52′ Newcastle win a corner. Ranger beats the offside trap but Hummels gets a great challenge in.
53′ 1-0 Newcastle. Biglia’s corner met at the near post by SHOLA AMEOBI who beats Götze to the ball and heads home.
GOAL! Newcastle United 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (Shola Ameobi 53′)
55′ 1-1 Lead lasts just 90 seconds before VIKTOR FISCHER hits Lewa’s throughball first-time from 18 yards for his first BVB goal:
GOAL! Newcastle United 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Viktor Fischer 55′)
67′ Nothing to report since the equaliser, both sides over hitting balls forwards or cancelling each other out in the middle.
67′ Lewandowski and Götze combine brilliantly into force a save from Tim Krul. Pamic, Williamson and Booth repl Taylor, Gutierrez and Santon.
70′ Götze’s pace far more effective on the right of attack for Dortmund. Despite 4 pre-season goals, Schieber’s place in squad doubtful.
72′ ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI slots home from close range after Götze slides a cross into the six yard box. 2-1 Dortmund.
GOAL! Newcastle United 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Robert Lewandowski 72′)
73′ Dortmund make a change after the goal. Ivan Perisic replaces Ilkay Gündogan. Newcastle have multiple subs waiting.
76′ Dortmund win a corner after some pressure. Obertan (just come on for Aranguiz) heads behind. Kjær has replaced captain Coloccini too.
77′ Dortmund double lead. Corner cleared but Perisic whips a cross in, met by MARIO GOTZE’s diving header from 10 yards out.
GOAL! Newcastle United 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (Mario Götze 77′)
87′ Gael Bigirimana shown a yellow card by referee Mike Jones after he comes through the back of Sven Bender in the centre circle.
90′ Subotic and Hummels have been fantastic at back for Dortmund. They close down and set BVB on a counter. Perisic and Görze pour forwards.
90+1′ VIKTOR FISCHER makes it 4-1. Götze bisects the centre-backs with a great ball and the teenage Dane gets his second of the game.
GOAL! Newcastle United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund (Viktor Fischer 90+2′)
Full-Time: Newcastle United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)
Next match: Eastleigh v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly, Silverlake Stadium) 24.07.13