A bad Monday night for Martin Dubravka ahead of his return to Newcastle
Martin Dubravka is now heading back to Tyneside to prepare for Monday night’s match against Burnley.
The Newcastle keeper and his teammates having played out their final two Nations League group matches.
Going into Friday’s match with Ukraine, the opposition had already guaranteed top spot with three wins from three games. However, with two defeats from two, Slovakia were simply trying to avoid relegation in this new look competition.
They hammered Ukraine 4-1, an impressive win which meant they only needed a point from their final match to avoid demotion.
Away at the Czech Republic on Monday night, Slovakia dominated possession (58%) but couldn’t find a way through.
The 32nd minute seeing the key moment of the match, Czech Republic breaking away and an excellent chip from Schick leaving Martin Dubravka with no chance.
An equaliser would have saved Slovakia and relegated Czech Republic but it wasn’t to be.
Elsewhere, Switzerland ended top of their three country (Belgium and Iceland) of their group on goal difference, whilst Wales finished second in theirs (Denmark and Republic of Ireland).
After Monday’s action, Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin are the only first team (squad keeper Freddie Woodman also has a Tuesday match) players with a game still left to play, Tuesday seeing Venezuela face Iran at a neutral Qatar venue, as Yedlin and the USA take on Italy in Genk (Belgium).
Newcastle United players on international duty:
Wednesday 14 November
Switzerland 0 Qatar 1 (Fabian Schar played full 90 minutes)
Thursday 15 November
England 3 USA 0 (DeAndre Yedlin played the full 90 minutes)
Italy Under 21s 2 England Under 1 (Freddie Woodman stayed on the bench)
Friday 16 November
Japan 1 Venezuela 1 (Salomon Rondon played the opening 66 minutes)
Slovakia 4 Ukraine 1 (Martin Dubravka played the full 90 minutes)
Wales 1 Denmark 2 (Paul Dummett went off injured on 39 minutes and has returned to Tyenside to have injury assessed)
Sunday 18 November
Switzerland 5 Belgium 2 (Fabian Schar suspended)
Ethiopia 0 Ghana 2 (Christian Atsu played first 73 minutes)
Monday 19 November
Czech Republic 1 Slovakia 0 (Martin Dubravka played full match)
Tuesday 20 November
Iran v Venezuela – Neutral venue Qatar (Salomon Rondon)
Denmark Under 21s v England Under 21s (Freddie Woodman)
Italy v USA – Neutral venue Genk, Belgium (DeAndre Yedlin)
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