Christian Atsu scores in Newcastle's 2-0 win over Hellas Verona

Christian Atsu enjoyed a spectacular outing, constantly putting pressure on Hellas in wide positions.

Christian Atus was on target for Newcastle United as they defeated Hellas Verona 2-0 in pre-season friendly.

The Ghanaian international netted the Magpies’ second goal, igniting energy throughout the squad and the Toon Army.

Javier Manquillo, making his home debut for the club along with fellow starter Florian Lejeune, broke down the left in the fourth minute and crossed for Perez, who beat goalkeeper Nicholas at his near post.

And Atsu doubled United's advantage in the 12th minute with a shot from a tight angle.

Atsu and Perez combined again before the latter had the ball cleared off the line.

Ritchie came within inches of finding a third when his free-kick clattered the post.

But with just one defeat in pre-season, a 2-1 defeat at Mainz, Benitez and his side will have every right to feel confident before entertaining Spurs.


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