Santiago Munoz takes another step in the right direction at Newcastle United

Santiago Munoz was named in the Newcastle United under-23s starting XI for the first time on Monday night as Elliott Dickman’s side secured a dramatic comeback at Norwich City.
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Santiago Munoz made his first Newcastle United start as the under-23s completed a remarkable comeback at Norwich City on Monday night.

The 19-year-old moved to Tyneside last summer on an 18-month loan deal from Mexican outfit Santos Laguna.

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His arrival was met with a lot of attention from Magpies supporters with the forward sharing a very similar name to GOAL! fictional film star Santiago Munez.

However, Munoz quickly became something of a mystery as he waited almost six months before making his under-23s debut in mid-February.

After making his debut against Huddersfield Town, Munoz followed that up by scoring a penalty in the second string’s shootout win at North Shields to reach the Northumberland Senior Cup final.

Elliott Dickman then started Munoz from the off at Norwich on Monday night - where he played the opening 45 minutes in the young Magpies’ dramatic 4-3 win.

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Newcastle were level at half-time. Jay Turner-Cooke’s first goal of the evening was cancelled out by Abu Kamara.

A quick-fire brace after the interval from Shae Hutchinson put the Canaries 3-1 ahead - and seemingly out of sight.

However, Dickman’s side staged a sensational comeback.

Adam Wilson and Turner-Cooke levelled up proceedings before Isaac Westendorf, a recent signing and formerly of non-league side Barking FC, fired the winner on 89 minutes.

Westendorf was shown a second yellow card and subsequently sent off after taking off his shirt during the celebrations.

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It was a morale-boosting win - and another step in the right direction for Munoz - after the under-23s lost 6-1 to Fulham last time out at Whitley Park.

It’s also not the first time Newcastle have recorded such a dramatic win over Norwich.

During the club’s 2016/17 Championship promotion campaign, Rafa Benitez’s men were also 3-1 down. Dwight Gayle made it 3-2 before injury time goals from Gouffran and Gayle, who sealed his hat-trick, clinched a memorable victory at St James’ Park.