As it happened: Newcastle United defeat West Ham to clinch Premier League Asian Trophy podium
(Photo: Yifan Ding/Getty Images)


FULL-TIME: Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United
FULL-TIME: A relatively poor matchup from both sides with Newcastle appearing on top as the Hammers were unable to break down the Magpies in a game of two halves.

Officials were completely not up to standard, getting at least five important calls completely wrong. Hopefully, it was the last time we had to watch poor refereeing under the Premier League banner.
90' Two quick chances from both sides as Rolando Aarons missed golden opportunity to close the game out before a last-ditch tackle from Jamal Lascelles denied Grady Diangana's potential equaliser.
85' Fantastic play from Wilshere who came straight back on the pitch but his cross was a bit too high for Antonio who heads over.
82' Stop in play as Wilshere suffered a head injury after losing a physical battle with Federico Fernandez.
74' Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United
GOA... NO! Jonjo Shelvey scores but before the ball hit Sean Longstaff who was in an offside position.
69' Another good chance for Newcastle as Murphy goes around Ogbonna but Rice cleared the cross.
66' West Ham United substitutions
Roberto, Grady Diangana and Mark Noble are on. Fabianski, Cullen and Felipe Anderson coming off.
64' Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United

First real chance from the Hammers! Snodgrass' cross was met with Anderson's head but the Brazilian only managed to get the ball onto the crossbar.
63' Great play from Anderson and Snodgrass but Zabaleta's cross was blocked off for a corner...
58' Very good play from Wilshere and Antonio release Snodgrass but the Scotsman's right-footed cross went straight into Dubravka's gloves.

Much better from West Ham.
57' Great run by Jacob Murphy who managed to get behind Ogbonna but his cross went nowhere.
50' Good play from Josh Cullen who release Zabaleta but the right-back's cross was too low and easily dealt with.
47' Felipe Anderson crosses in from a free-kick after a foul on Robert Snodgrass but Martin Dubravka punched the ball away.
Second half underway
46' West Ham get the second half underway.
West Ham United substitutions
Carlos Sanchez, Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio, Jack Wilshere all coming on. 

Declan Rice has been moved to centre-back.
HALF-TIME: Poor West Ham dominated by determined Newcastle
Only one goal separates the two sides at the break but if the Hammers keep playing as they do right now, they'll only fall even further behind.

Although Newcastle are deservedly winning, the result could've been completely different as West Ham were denied a clear penalty for hand-ball and Muto was in an offside position before putting the Magpies ahead.

Expect a lot of changes from both sides as the game is more dull and boring than entertaining.
43' Left-footed cross by Ritchie was dangerous but no one was at the far post to bury it into the back of the net.
35' Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United

Newcastle's dominance finally has something to show as Sterry's cross got turned in by Muto.

Although the Hammers might feel done by as the replay shows that the Japanese striker was caught offside.

Where's VAR when you need it?
33' Rice dispossessed Hayden and unleashed Anderson with a perfect through ball but the Brazillian's cross was cut off by Fabian Schar.
25' Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United
A poor start to the half from both teams, but Newcastle are currently on top of the game having most of the ball.

West Ham's only chance came as Chicharito headed the ball over the bar after Felipe Anderson's free-kick.
14' Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United
Another chance for Newcastle, another cross from the right side. Jamie Sterry got a dangerous ball into the box but Łukasz Fabiański was the first one to get to it.

Cresswell, unfortunately, continues having a poor game as all danger comes from his side.
8' Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United

Isaac Hayden's cross found Elias Sorensen but the young forward didn't manage to get the ball down into the net. 

Very poor start from Aaron Cresswell.
And we're off!

Newcastle kicked the game off with both teams playing in their respective home kits.
Teams out of the tunnel
The teams have emerged from the tunnel with the referee leading both teams onto the pitch.

The atmosphere in Shanghai looks electric and hopefully, it's going to stay that way throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Team selections - the breakdown
West Ham's lineup is either a 4-2-3-1 with Josh Cullen and Declan Rice set-up behind Manuel Lanzini at AM, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson on the wings and Hernandez as a loan striker or it's a 4-3-3 with a midfield of Lanzini - Cullen - Rice and a forwards line of Anderson - Chicharito - Yarmolenko.

On the other hand, as already mentioned below, Newcastle's side looks like a classic 4-4-2 - Matt Ritchie on the right, Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback in the middle and Jonjo Shelvey on the left, with Muto and Sørensen as a striker duo, but it also might be a case of 3-5-2 with Jamie Sterry as RM/RWB and Ritchie as LM/LWB.
Starting XI: Newcastle United
Dubravka; Sterry, Schär, Lascelles, Clark; Ritchie, Colback, Hayden, Shelvey; Muto, Sørensen.

Subs: Darlow, Woodman, Manquillo, Fernández, Lazaar, Bailey, Watts, Ki, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff, Murphy, Aarons, Allan. 

Steve Bruce's first game in charge and he immediately put on a strong side, with Yoshinori Muto and Elias Sørensen leading the line.
Starting XI: West Ham United
Fabiański; Zabaleta (C), Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Cullen, Lanzini; Yarmolenko, Chicharito, Anderson.

Subs: Martin, Roberto, Fredericks, Johnson, Obiang, Sanchez, Wilshere, Snodgrass, Noble, Diangana, Antonio.

Very strong line-up chosen by Manuel Pellegrini with Javier Hernandez, Winston Reid, Pablo Zabaleta and Aaron Cresswell making their first starts this pre-season. The only absentee is Issa Diop who's been ruled out with a slight back problem.
Previous meetings
The two teams played each other twice last season, both times in the Premier League.

And both times West Ham came out on the top, comfortably winning 3-0 at St. James' Park and 2-0 at the London Stadium.
Team News
West Ham have their full 23-man squad available meanwhile Newcastle will be without Rob Elliot, DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune, who will miss the game through injury.

Fabian Balbuena, Arthur Masuaku, Miguel Almiron and Christian Atsu are yet to return to their respective clubs after AFCON and Copa America.
Newcastle United's pre-season fixtures and plans
After a humiliating 4-0 loss to Wolverhampton last Thursday the newly appointed Steve Bruce is going to have to rethink his set-up if he wants to beat West Ham and leave Shanghai with a smile on his face.

Although if they don't manage to achieve that the Magpies are going to have a big chance to redeem themselves vs Hibernian before a big test against Ligue 1 side ASSE.
West Ham United's future pre-season plans
This game traces the end of West Ham's two-week pre-season tour to China, as they will travel back to London to face Fulham FC and then Athletic Bilbao, with a quick trip back to Austria to face Hertha BSC in between.
West Ham United's previous pre-season fixtures
The Hammers are going to try and bounce back into form after losing 4-1 to Manchester City in the Asia Trophy semi-final.

They do already have a win on their hands as before flying to China Manuel Pellegrini's side managed to scrape a 3-2 win against Austrian top-flight side SCR Altach.
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live stream score commentary of Newcastle United vs West Ham United in the third-place play-off game of Premier League's Asia Trophy. I'm Alan Rzepa and I'll be taking you through the action from Shanghai's Hongkou Football Stadium.