Matt Smith’s winner for Fulham ends Newcastle’s hopes on opening night

The eyes of the world were glued to the greatest sporting event of them all and the carnival atmosphere pulsed. Welcome back, English football, you have been missed. This was the night when Rafael Benítez and Newcastle United were supposed to flex their muscles and show their Championship-winning intent. Instead, it was one in which they endured what the manager described as a “wake-up call”.

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