06 August 2017

Newcastle 2 Hellas Verona 0: Ayoze Perez and summer signing Christian Atsu ensure final pre-season win

NEWCASTLE will kick-start their return to the Premier League on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Serie B side Hellas Verona.

It took just five minutes for Rafa Benitez’s side to open the scoring through Ayoze Perez before the lively Christian Atsu doubled their lead seven minutes later.

Ayoze Perez turned in Javier Manquillo’s cross to give Newcastle an early lead
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Christian Atsu doubled Newcastle’s lead after 12 minutes

Benitez gave a big hint of his starting line-up against Tottenham next Sunday by starting a strong side that included the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie.

But it was new boy Atsu who was the star of the show as the pacey winger tormented the Italian’s side back four.

The 25-year-old, who was on loan at Newcastle last season, could prove a summer bargain after Newcastle paid Chelsea £6million to make his move permanent.

Newcastle attacked their opponents from the off and were rewarded on five minutes through Spaniard Perez.

Javier Manquillo, who also joined this summer, produced a fine cross before Perez fired his shot across keeper Nicholas.

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