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PSV overcame a sloppy start at St James' Park on Wednesday night, and came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United. The hosts scored two early goals, but Reimond Manco reduced the deficit in the 32nd minute and Nordin Amrabat scored a deserved equaliser twenty minutes from time.
Manco reduced deficit
PSV coach Huub Stevens played Afellay, Amrabat and Manco as attacking midfielders. Captain Simons and Wuytens were the two holding midfielders, while Lazovic operated as lone striker up front. Salcido and Culina and Salcido played at right and left back, respectively, while Maza partnered Bréchet in the centre of defence. Steven Taylor gave Newcastle United, who were not in high spirits ahead of the game, due to a string of minor injuries and defeats in the pre-season campaign, a perfect start. United won a corner after three minutes and defender Taylor powered his header beyond goalkeeper Isaksson. Just five minutes later the Geordies doubled their lead, when Danny Guthrie was at the end of a well-worked move. The young Newcastle United debutant took one touch before firing low past Isaksson. PSV were rattled, while the Toon Army were ecstatic with joy. The visitors, though, gradually fought their way back into the game and reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark. Amrabat was released on the left and unleashed a shot that Newcastle United stopper Shay Given did well to keep out. The ball fell to Ibrahim Afellay who struck a shot from the edge of the area that took a deflection off Reimond Manco to beat the goalkeeper; 2-1.
Nordin Amrabat equaliser
Huub Stevens brought on Eric Addo for Manco at half time. The Ghana defender played at right back and Culina started the second half in midfield. Tommie van der Leegte came on for Wuytens on the hour mark and Dzsudzsák left the bench to replace Lazovic. Newcastle had a good chance to restore a two-goal advantage, but Andreas Isaksson denied them with a terrific reaction save. PSV restored parity in the70th minute. Ibrahim Afellay controlled the ball and set up Amrabat who smashed home from 12 yards through a crowded penalty area; 2-2. The rest of the match proved to be an equally contested affair. Substitute Van der Leegte had an opportunity to score the winning goal, but Shay Given thwarted the midfielder's effort. In the end both teams settled for the 2-2 draw. On Thursday, PSV will travel to Liverpool, where they conclude their pre-season tour of England with a friendly against Everton.
Match details:
Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle

Goals: (3) Taylor 1-0; (8) Guthrie 2-0; (32) Manco 2-1; (70) Amrabat 2-2.
Yellow card: Van der Leegte (PSV).

Isaksson, Culina, Rodriguez, Bréchet, Salcido, Simons, Wuytens (61, Van der Leegte), Afellay, Amrabat, Manco (46, Addo) and Lazovic (63, Dzsudzsák).
Substitutes: Cássio Ramo, Zonneveld, Koevermans, Addo, Dzsudzsák, Van der Leegte, Väyrynen and Van Eijden.

Newcastle United:
Given, Enrique, Cacapa, Guthrie, Milner, Gutierrez, Duff, Geremi, Beye, Butt en Taylor.
Substitutes : Krul, Edgar, Danquah, Tozer, Donaldson and Bassong.