Newcastle United 0 Borussia Monchengladbach 1: Pre-season ends in defeat

Rolando Aarons
Rolando Aarons

Newcastle United’s pre-season campaign ended with a home loss this afternoon.

Steve McClaren’s side were beaten 1-0 at St James’s Park by Borussia Monchengladbach.

Thorgan Hazard scored the Bundesliga side’s winner.

United coach Steve McClaren handed new signing Chancel Mbemba his debut.

And striker Aleksandar Mitrovic made his first appearance for his new club on home turf.

But captain Fabricio Coloccini – whose days at Newcavstle now look to be numbered – was again not involved because of an Achilles problem.

Chances were few and far between during the first half, though Newcastle built up some momentum before the break.

Gabriel Obertan and Mike Williamson missed early chances for United, and neither side was able to make much headway in the final third of the pitch.

Georginio Wijnaldum, at least, forced a save from Yann Sommer with a backheel from a wayward Papiss Cisse shot.

Massadio Haidara also tested Sommer with a left-footed drive before the interval.

Moussa Sissoko almost got a breakthrough after the restart. The midfielder brought a ball over the top down and flicked it on to the crossbar.

Lars Stindl tested Tim Krul, United’s stand-in captain, at the other end in the 49th minute.

Then came a number of substitutions on both sides – McClaren handed Mbemba and Mitrovic their home debuts – but it was to be a visiting substitute who made the difference.

Hazard, brother of Chelsea’s Eden, rifled a loose ball into the bottom left-hand corner seconds after his introduction.

Mitrovic struck the post in the dying minutes from a pass from fellow substitute Siem de Jong.

Newcastle open their Premier League campaign with a home game against Southampton on August 9.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat (Mbemba, 61), Williamson, Taylor, Haidara; Anita (de Jong, 76), Colback; Sissoko (Perez, 81), Obertan (Aarons, 61), Wijnaldum; Cisse (Mitrovic, 61). Subs not used: Darlow, Bigirimana, Ferguson, Lascelles, Abeid, Gouffran, Kemen.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH: Sommer, Christensen, Herrmann, Dahoud, Raffael, Stindl, Traore, Wendt, Schulz, Jantschke, Xhaka.

Goals: Hazard 65

Referee: Jon Moss (Sunderland)

Attendance: 21,088