Disappointment for Miguel Almiron as makes it 15 internationals without a goal
Miguel Almiron and Paraguay took on Peru last night.
Playing at a neutral venue in New Jersey (USA) they were quickly a goal down.
Poor defending meant Paraguay failed to clear and Cueva punished them with an excellent finish.
Playing in a similar position as he does for Newcastle, as one of those supporting the main striker, Miguel Almiron played well but the chances didn’t come his way. Unlike Salomon Rondon who scored a stunning goal to set Venezuela to a shock 3-1 win over Argentina.
That means he is still waiting for his first international goal, Friday night being his 15th appearance for Paraguay without scoring.
Peru were the better team and could and should have won by more in what was a feisty encounter – only two yellow cards shown but if not a friendly I don’t think everybody would have stayed on the pitch.
Interesting to see Miguel Almiron taking a lot of the free-kicks and corners. Many of Paraguay’s best chances coming from Almiron’s deliveries into the box, interesting to see if Rafa Benitez entrusts him with them for Newcastle in the near future.
Newcastle United internationals:
Wednesday 20 March Wales 1 Trinidad and Tobago 0
Paul Dummett made his third start for Wales, playing the opening 61 minutes in this friendly win.
Thursday 21 March – Slovakia 2 Hungary 0
Martin Dubravka kept a clean sheet as Slovakia won their European Championship qualifier
Thursday 21 March – USA 1 Ecuador 0
DeAndre Yedlin came on as a sub for the last 22 minutes but played as a winger in the friendly win.
Thursday 21 March – England U21s 1 Poland U21s 1
Freddie Woodman was an unused substitute as England U21s got a draw in this friendly.
Friday 22 March – Venezuela 3 Argentina 1 (Neutral venue – Madrid, Spain) –
Salomon Rondon scores after only six minutes as Venezuela stun Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Friday 22 March – Paraguay 0 Peru 1 (Neutral venue – New Jersey, USA)
Miguel Almiron plays full 90 minutes as Paraguay lose friendly to Peru.
Saturday 23 March – Ghana v Kenya – Christian Atsu
Saturday 23 March – Georgia v Switzerland – Fabian Schar
Sunday 24 March Wales v Slovakia – Paul Dummett and Martin Dubravka
Sunday 24 March – DR Congo v Liberia – Mo Sangare
Monday 25 March – Catalonia v Venezuela (Neutral venue – Girona, Spain)– Salomon Rondon
Monday 25 March – Denmark U20s v Romania U20s (Neutral venue – Marbella, Spain) – Elias Sorensen
Tuesday 26 March – Paraguay v Mexico (Neutral venue – Santa Clara, USA) Miguel Almiron
Tuesday 26 March – Ivory Coast v Liberia – Mo Sangare
Tueday 26 March – Switzerland v Denmark – Fabian Schar
Tuesday 26 March – USA v Chile – DeAndre Yedlin
Tuesday 26 March – England U21s v Germany U21s – Freddie Woodman
Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) and Yoshinori Muto (Japan) were both left out this time by their respective countries.
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