RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 05: Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after winning a warm up game during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Al Hilal FC Training Centre on December 05, 2022 in Riyadh. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Newcastle United half-time player ratings v Al Hilal: Two 8s and one 5 as Eddie Howe’s side lead - gallery

Newcastle United half-time player ratings v Al Hilal: Two 8s and one 5 as Eddie Howe’s side lead

A first half brace from Joelinton has put Newcastle in a commanding position at the break. The Brazilian’s first goal was a header set up by Jacob Murphy before he doubled United’s advantage just before half-time.

Al Hilal had several chances themselves in the opening 45 minutes but were denied by several good saves from debutant goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Here are our Newcastle United player ratings from the opening 45 minutes...

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