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Miguel Almiron sent off after 7 minutes for shocking tackle – Photo

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Miguel Almiron was back in international action on Tuesday night for Paraguay.

Playing at the neutral venue of Santa Clara (USA), the Newcastle striker was up against his former Atlanta manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who is now in charge of Mexico.

Starting on the bench, Miguel Almiron was introduced as a sub on 56 minutes with Paraguay trailing 3-0, after goals from dos Santos, an own goal and one from West Ham’s Chicarito inside the first 24 minutes.

Buzzing around trying to help his team get back in the game, within three minutes the NUFC player helped create the chance which brought Paraguay back into the game at 3-1 on 59 minutes, Perez pulling one back.

Then only four minutes later, seven minutes after coming on, Miguel Almiron was sent off for a really bad challenge (see below).

A really bad tackle when his studs went into the back of his opponent’s knee. Not the type of player to usually do this (stats show he has had only one previous red card and that was for two bookings back in December 2015 when playing for Lanus in Argentina), it looked more a case of chasing the ball and being reckless, rather than malicious.

After he departed, Paraguay actually pulled it back to 3-2 in the 84th minute through a Gonzalez goal, before Montes scored in injury time to make a final score of Paraguay 2 Mexico 4.

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 2 Venezuela 1

After starring and scoring in the 3-1 win over Argentina, Salomon Rondon was given a shift off. Venezuela making seven second-half substitutions but the NUFC striker remaining on the bench.

Monday 25 March – Denmark U20s 0 Romania U20s 1 (Neutral venue – Marbella, Spain) –

Elias Sorensen appears to have sat this one out. Not a lot of media coverage of this one but whilst two Sorensens were listed as being  involved, neither of them appears to be ours. Jacob Sorensen of Esbjerg looks to have started the game, with then Asger Sorensen of Regensburg appearing as a sub in this defeat.

Tuesday 26 March – Ivory Coast 1 Liberia 0

Mo Sangare made his first ever start today, the NUFC 20 year old midfielder acquitting himself well against tough opposition.

Subbed after 59 minutes with the game goalless, he watched on as Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia scored a 91st minute winner from the penalty spot.

Tuesday 26 March – Switzerland 3 Denmark 3

Medical advice forced Fabian Schar to sit this one out and he could only watch on as after leading 3-0 with six minutes of the 90 to go, Switzerland somehow ended up drawing  3-3.

Tuesday 26 March – England U21s 1 Germany U21s 2

Freddie Woodman was an unused sub as England lost in the 91st minute, ending a run of 19 without defeat. The result means the last three defeats for the young three lions have all been against the Germans.

Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) and Yoshinori Muto (Japan) were both left out this time by their respective countries.

Tuesday 26 March – Paraguay 2 Mexico 4 (Neutral venue – Santa Clara, USA)

Miguel Almiron introduced as a sub on 56 minutes with Paraguay trailing 3-0. Buzzing around trying to help his team get back in the game, the NUFC player helped create the chance which brought Paraguay back into the game at 3-1 on 59 minutes, only for four minutes later to get sent off for a really bad tackle when his studs went into the back of his opponent’s knee.

Tuesday 26 March – USA 1 Chile 1

A proud night for DeAndre Yedlin. The Newcastle United defender picking up his 59th international cap AND captain for the very first time.

Chelsea’a Christian Pulisic gave the USA a dream start on four minutes, only for Oscar Opaza to equalise five minutes later. That was the end of the scoring as Yedlin led his side to an excellent result against the reigning Copa America champions.

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