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Sport Newcastle 1-0 Athletic Bilbao half-time ratings as Callum Wilson impresses amid Matt Ritchie reminder

18:51  30 july  2022
18:51  30 july  2022 Source:   chroniclelive.co.uk

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Newcastle United lead Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Newcastle United and Athletic Bilbao at St James' Park © 2022 Getty Images Newcastle striker Callum Wilson celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Newcastle United and Athletic Bilbao at St James' Park

Callum Wilson latched on to Matt Ritchie's ball to fire the Magpies into a half time lead over the La Liga side as they look to make it two successive wins this weekend after Friday's win over Serie A outfit Atalanta.

Here's how Lee Ryder rated the players in the first half.

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Martin Dubravka 8

Solid and assured after being roared on to the field by Gallowgate End

Emil Krafth 7

A positive presence at both ends as he justifies contract extension

Jamaal Lascelles 7

Battled hard and knows the fight is on to keep his place

Sven Botman 8

Unflappable home debut. Looks like he's been playing here for years.

Paul Dummett 7

Steady enough.

Joe Willock 6

Not much impact and picked up a yellow card.

Joelinton 7

Restored to the midfield and looked alert.

Bruno Guimaraes 8

Sprayed the ball around and put in some strong tackles. Tested the keeper with a powerful low early shot.

Allan Saint-Maximin 7

Looks unhappy with service although Bruno did pick him out with a couple of early balls.

Matt Ritchie 8

A bright display which includes assist for Wilson strike.

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Callum Wilson 8

Looks in good shape and took his goal well.

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