Martin Dubravka struggles and heartbreak for Newcastle midfielder on international debut
It wasn’t a great Sunday afternoon for Martin Dubravka.
Whilst Paul Dummett was an unused sub for the home side, the Newcastle keeper played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat.
The Slovakian number one could do nothing to stop Daniel James’ hard low shot, a gift after one of Dubravka’s defensive teammates got caught in possession on the edge of the box (watch below).
A blow for Martin Dubravka and his country, as they had started their European Championships qualifying campaign with a win over Hungary on Thursday.
A worry for Newcastle fans though as the goalkeeper looked to be struggling with his ankle at times. Dubravka having needed treatment at Bournemouth on his ankle after an accidental collision. Hopefully no serious issues ahead of Arsenal away in eight days time, the keeper having started all 43 Premier League matches since making his NUFC debut in February 2018 against Man Utd.
The Newcastle keeper didn’t have loads to do as the Welsh increasingly retreated to protect their one goal lead, though he did make a couple of decent saves when called upon.
Martin Dubravka did have one moment when he came for a cross he was never going to get to and if Gareth Bale had directed his header on goal it would have been a simple finish. He does this once in a while with Newcastle but he is top of the whole Premier League when it comes to keepers taking ‘high claims’, so in return for taking the pressure off his defence so often, you can allow him the odd one he gets wrong.
Elsewhere on Sunday, 20 year old Newcastle midfielder Mo Sangare made his international debut at senior level.
The NUFC Under 23s player came on for Liberia in the 73rd minute as they needed only a draw to qualify for the finals of the African Cup of Nations ahead of DR Congo.
However, DR Congo took the lead on 52 minutes and Mo Sangare wasn’t able to help turn it around, the final score being 1-0 and Liberia finish third in the group, with DR Congo second and qualifying. Heartbreak for the young midfielder on his debut, with no summer tournament to look forward to.
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 – Georgia 0 Switzerland 2
Fabian Schar was knocked unconscious in the first half but got back up and created the two goals.
Saturday 23 March – Ghana 1 Kenya 0
In his first start for 6 weeks, Christian Atsu was man of the match as he helped Ghana finish top of their African Cup of Nations qualifying group.
Sunday 24 March Wales 1 Slovakia 0
Paul Dummett was an unused substitute whilst Martin Dubravka played the full 90 minute, the Newcastle keeper could do nothing about the fifth minute winner
Sunday 24 March – DR Congo 1 Liberia 0
NUFC Under 23s midfielder Mo Sangare made his international debut as a 73rd minute sub. However, defeat means Liberia lose out to DR Congo for second qualifying spot at African Cup of Nations finals this summer.
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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