Newcastle United got off to a terrible start in the Schalke Cup as Malaga eased past the Magpies 3-1 in Germany.

Alan Pardew’s side were 3-0 down at half-time before Gabriel Obertan pulled one back for the Geordies, who never looked like staging a serious comeback.

The Newcastle boss named a strong-looking side to face their Spanish counterparts, with Fabricio Coloccini captaining a side that included Moussa Sissoko and new boy Remy Cabella from the start.

However, it was not the start the former Montpellier winger wanted as Malaga raced into a huge lead.

Midfielder Sergi Darder opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard blast which left Rob Elliot with no chance, before youngster Samu Castillejo doubled his side’s lead with a volley at the far post.

12 minutes later, the 19-year-old made it three when he smacked a left footed effort into Elliot’s top corner from the edge of the box.

Newcastle made four changes at the break and it seemed to help them get a foothold in the game. Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere gave Malaga something to think about at the back before Pardew introduced Obertan from the bench.

The forgotten Frenchman – who earned praise from his manager after his performance against Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week – then collected Jack Colback’s short corner before cutting inside a defender and slamming a shot past Idris Kameni.