Dismal Friday night for 4 Newcastle players on international duty
Not the best of Friday nights for Newcastle players on international duty.
Whilst Shelvey and Lascelles were ignored by England, four of their NUFC team-mates were in action.
They contributed to a poor return all round, with three defeats and a draw…
Serbia 1 Morocco 2
Three goals within 11 minutes decided the game but a quiet night for Aleksandar Mitrovic who played the full 90 minutes but didn’t get on the scoresheet.
Ziyech gave Morocco the lead with a penalty on 29 minutes, Tadic equalising in the 37th minute for the hosts, only for Boutaib to secure the away win on 40 minutes.
This was a friendly between two countries who have both qualified for the finals in Russia this summer.
Scotland 0 Costa Rica 1
Scotland were up against a strong Costa Rica team that are in the World Cup finals this summer.
Alex McLeish picked a bit of an experimental side that were second best for most of this encounter.
Urena scored the only goal of the game on 14 minutes and it could have been more, as the visitors were the more dangerous team throughout, including hitting the woodwork.
Matt Ritchie started his first game for his country since October 2016 and was arguably their best player, coming closest to scoring when his strong shot was well saved.
The Newcastle winger playing all but the final three minutes when subbed.
Turkey 1 Republic of Ireland 0
Ciaran Clark was left out of the starting eleven but came off the bench on 69 minutes.
By then, the winning goal had already been scored by Topal in the 52nd minute.
Neither of these sides are heading to Russia.
Senegal 1 Uzbekistan 1
One of the few Newcastle players who is set for Russia this summer is Henri Saivet.
Out on loan at the moment, he got the final 24 minutes of this friendly when replacing Niasse. The score was already 1-1 at the time.
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