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Newcastle draw with Braga in St James' friendly
Skipper Coloccini headed home in the second half to cancel out Braga's opening goal from Alan.
The game, which brought the curtain down on the inaugural Sir Bobby Robson Day, and for which Newcastle wore specially-commissioned black and white halved shirts, was a decent spectacle for the 16,187 fans at St James' Park.
Loic Remy was introduced before kick-off, but the Magpies' latest signing, on loan from QPR, is sidelined until at least the start of the season.
The hosts went in behind at half-time after Mathieu Debuchy felled Felipe Pardo inside the area. Pardo went down, and Alan, Braga's captain, converted the spot kick coolly past Rob Elliot.
The scoreline was a tad harsh on the hosts as, despite the usual air of a pre-season friendly, Newcastle had created the better chances. Coloccini, captaining the side, volleyed wide early doors and Papiss Cisse curled a shot off the palms of Braga goalkeeper Eduardo on 19 minutes.
But Newcastle were level on the hour mark from a corner routine. Coloccini bunched together with Moussa Sissoko, Cisse and Shola Ameobi until Ben Arfa swung in the cross, which Coloccini attacked unmarked past substitute goalkeeper Cristiano.
However, the Argentine defender was lucky to be on the pitch five minutes later when he brought down Yazalde. Coloccini was the last man back, but referee Lee Mason merely booked Newcastle's captain.
Yoan Gouffran, on as a substitute, thought he had won it in the 85th minute when he headed home Yohan Cabaye's volleyed effort, but the French forward was just offside.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot (Krul 46); Debuchy (Taylor 76), Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon (Dummett 46); Ben Arfa (Obertan 88), Tiote (Cabaye 46) Sissoko (Anita 76), Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 53); Cisse (Marveaux 76), Shola Ameobi (Gouffran 64). Sub not used: Gosling.
BRAGA: Eduardo (Cristiano 46), Joaozinho (Hanin 87), Luiz Carlos (Agra 46), Micael (Silva 68), Baiano (Pedro 82), Vinicius (Coelho 46), Alan (Rafa 46), Santos, Edinho (Yazaldo 46), Mauro (Barbosa 78), Pardo (Custodio 46).
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