Newcastle United 3-0 1860 Munich: Sven Botman and Nick Pope make debuts as 22 players are handed minutes

Newcastle United match report as Eddie Howe’s beat 1860 Munich 3-0 in pre-season friendly.

Eddie Howe handed Nick Pope and Sven Botman his Newcastle United debuts as the Magpies strolled to a three-goal win over 1860 Munich at the foot of the Austria Alps.

And, as ever, it was the Bruno Guimaraes show for United, who scored all three of their goals in the second 45.

Joe Willock netted the opener before second half subs Sean Longstaff got in on the act Guimaraes to seal the deal.

Six players missed the encounter with Matt Ritchie, Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis all missing it due to injuries. Their absence was described as precautionary.

The others to sit it out were Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie and Kell Watts were all left behind at United’s mountain retreat.

A bright start by the Magpies saw Jonjo Shelvey come to prominence with some excellent passing, however it was Allan Saint-Maximin who sparked the first real opportunity of the game.

His cut in from the left found the energetic figure of Elliot Anderson who turned into the area for Willock but Munich defender Phillipp Steinhart stole in to clear with the goal gaping.

Steinhart was in the action at the other end soon after as Munich began to grow into the encounter. They looked brighter and sharper, probably due in no small part to their fortnight or so more training this summer, having played their first game in June.

Matt Targett had to be at his best to deny Erik Tallig the opener as he turned behind a dangerous cross with the striker lurking. And from the resulting corner Steinhart noded inches wide of Pope’s post.

Pope again had to be sharp to deny Martin Kobylanski from a free-kick from the edge of the area, even though it was given for minimal contact by Burn on the taker.

Munich dominance began to fade as the half wore on and United began to again establish themselves. However, it was not until the second period Newcastle really made the levels between the sides show.

Sven Botman was handed his debut at the break, replacing yellow-carded Jamaal Lascelles, and immediately showed his passing prowess, spreading from left to right at will, and interestingly, did so at right centre-back.

Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.
Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.
Newcastle United in Austria with Liam Kennedy and Jordan Cronin.

First Callum Wilson curled over when it was put on a plate for him by Anderson, then Willock had two goes at goal in an attempt to break the deadline.

It was, however, third time lucky for the midfielder as he smashed home with his left, having been tee’d up by Shelvey.

A raft of changes on the hour, far from spoiling the flow, gave United further impetus in the encounter as two subs combined to make it 2-0.

Guimaraes found Longstaff and the midfielder expertly drove into the far corner from distance.

United weren’t finished there - and nor was Guimaraes, who with Longstaff looked as sharp as they come.

The Brazilian won the ball high, stealing possession on the edge of the opposition area, and with one sweep of his right foot he caressed into the path of Chris Wood, who looked all set to slam home but clipped back to the free Guimaraes for 3-0.

And with that, the win was United’s, making it two in two this pre-season.

Next up is the Magpies’ second game in Austria, their third of the summer, against Bundesliga outfit Mainz 05 on Monday afternoon.