Fabian Schar cruises to victory as Newcastle United internationals head to a close
A dominant display by Switzerland on Tuesday night with Fabian Schar playing the full 90 minutes.
Goals in the 16th and 93rd minute for Switzerland settling the game, although the winning margin could and should have been higher.
If Switzerland win their two final Group D games in November they will definitely qualify. Next they play second bottom of the group Georgia at home and then the pointless Gibraltar away, Schar and his colleagues now looking hot favourites to qualify for the finals.
Emil Krafth yet again watched all 90 minutes from the bench.
Sweden taking the lead against group leaders Spain in the 50th minute.
Spain then equalised in added time but Sweden are favourites to qualify as Group F runners-up, currently one point above third placed Romania with two games to play.
Wednesday 9 October
Liberia 1 Chad 0 – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)
Making his fifth international appearance, the NUFC midfielder played the first 56 minutes of the first leg win.
Thursday 10 October
Serbia 1 Paraguay 0 – Friendly (Miguel Almiron)
Not a great night for Miguel Almiron, booked in the 43rd minute he got a second yellow in the 54th minute which added up to a red.
Then to make matters worse, former NUFC striker scored Serbia’s winner in the last minute.
Slovakia 1 Wales 1 – EC Qualifier (Martin Dubravka)
Martin Dubravka was beaten in the 25th minute by Kieffer Moore but Slovakia equalised in the 53rd minute through Kucka. Dubravka’s team then dominating but unable to find a winner.
With two group games left to play, Slovakia are three points behind leaders Croatia and a point ahead of third placed Hungary.
Friday 11 October
USA 7 Cuba 0 – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)
DeAndre Yedlin sat out this seven goal thrashing, the NUFC defender watching on as USMNT raced into a 6-0 lead at half-time, before easing off after the break.
Saturday 12 October
Malta 0 Sweden 4 – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
As usual, an unused sub for the 90 minutes.
This easy win leaves the Swedes in second, five points behind Spain and one ahead of Romania, with three group games remaining.
Denmark 1 Switzerland 0 – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
A blow for Switzerland and the NUFC defender who played the full 90 minutes, an 84th minute Poulsen goal winning the match.
Switzerland now four points behind joint leaders Denmark and Ireland, with a crunch game on Tuesday night when the Swiss host the Irish – only three and two games left respectively in the group.
Sunday 13 October
Chad 1 Liberia 0 (1-1 aggregate and Chad win 5-4 on penalties) – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)
Slovakia 1 Paraguay 1 – Friendly (Miguel Almiron and Martin Dubravka)
Neither Newcastle player was involved, not even named on the bench.
Almiron potentially banned after a red card against Serbia, whilst Slovakia presumably using the friendly as a chance to give their second choice keeper a game.
Tuesday 15 October
Sweden 1 Spain 1 – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
Krafth yet again watched all 90 minutes from the bench.
Spain equalised in added time but Sweden are favourites to qualify as Group F runners-up, one point above third placed Romania with two games to play.
Switzerland 2 Republic of Ireland 0 – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
A dominant display by Switzerland with Fabian Schar playing the full 90 minutes.
Goals in the 16th and 93rd minute settling the game although the winning margin could have been higher.
If Switzerland win their two final Group D games in November they will definitely qualify. Next they play second bottom of the group Georgia at home and then pointless Gibraltar at home, Schar and his colleagues now looking hot favourites to qualify for the finals.
Canada v USA – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)
Thursday 17 October
Burkina Faso v Ghana – ANC Qualifier (Christian Atsu)
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