The Magpies started the game against Braga in a 4-4-2 formation but they were soon forced to change shape to live with a Braga side who will be in Europa League action next week.
Struggling to cope with Braga’s three-at-the-back formation, Newcastle produced one of their own.
Paul Dummett moved inside from left-back, Matt Ritchie switched wings to be a left wing-back, DeAndre Yedlin pushed on and winger Christian Atsu tucked inside. Even in their new shape the Magpies struggled to get a grip on the game.
Ultimately, though, it made little difference. Braga’s wing-backs were able to get free at decisive moments and too often Newcastle’s back three found themselves outnumbered. It was a tough night.