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8 Newcastle United internationals involved Tuesday: Slimani, Yedlin, Mitrovic, Merino and Mbemba mixed fortunes

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There were eight Newcastle United internationals with their countries on Tuesday.

Five started for their countries, one off the bench, whilst two sat out their games.

Five wins, one draw and two defeats.

DeAndre Yedlin won his 50th cap for the USMNT.

The Newcastle United defender playing the whole 90 minutes as his country beat Paraguay 1-0 with an own goal just before half-time deciding the match.

Failing to reach the World Cup finals in Russia hasn’t helped interest in the USA team, only 9,895 gathering in Cary, North Carolina, to watch this one.

The headline news was Islam Slimani at last getting onto a football pitch.

He appeared for the last 26 minutes in Graz, Austria, with Algeria 2-1 down to Iran.

Within five minutes, Islam Slimani had been booked and put a header narrowly wide.

However, looking far from match fit and lacking movement, no surprise it being his first match in 10 weeks, there looks to be zero chance of Slimani starting for Newcastle on Saturday against Huddersfield.  The interest will centre on whether Rafa deems him fit enough and at no risk of injury, to be able to go on the bench.

The best performance on Tuesday goes to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Only a short trip from Fulham up to Barnet in North London, the striker helped Serbia beat Nigeria 2-0.

Two confidently taken goals (watch them HERE) from Mitro settled the match but it should have been his first career hat-trick as the ball crossed the line in the first-half but was missed by match officials.

Following up a 5-3 win over Northern Ireland, Mikel Merino was back in action for the Spanish Under 21s.

It was 90 minutes for the Newcastle midfielder as they comfortably dispatched Estonia 3-1.

Chancel Mbemba struggles to make the Newcastle bench these days but he got 90 minutes yesterday.

However, DR Congo performed poorly and lost 2-0 to Tanzania.

Whilst Mohamed Diame continues his international exile, Henri Saivet and Senegal took on Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The match was played in France (Le Havre) and the Newcastle midfielder played the first 72 minutes of a goalless draw.

Goalkeepers Matz Sels and Freddie Woodman both watched their Tuesday matches from the bench.

Belgium taking Saudi Arabia apart 4-0, whilst the England Under 21s won 2-1 against the Ukraine.


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