Newcastle thrashed 8-0 during postseason tour of Australia

Newcastle thrashed 8-0 during postseason tour of Australia

Newcastle’s controversial post-season tour of Australia ended with an embarrassing defeat on Friday, going down 8-0 to the A-League All Stars in Melbourne.

The Australian team’s victory was their first against European rivals, with teams such as Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona beating previous versions of the All Stars team.

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Manager Eddie Howe had named an inexperienced squad for the match after many of Newcastle’s first-team players flew home following their penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.

Lewis Hall, Elliot Anderson and Kieran Trippier were the only senior players in Howe’s team, although they were all unused substitutes.

Their two-match post-season tour to the other side of the world has been criticized by climate change campaign groups, with Trippier previously saying he felt the matches were “not ideal”.