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Another 90 minutes for Miguel Almiron but no goals in Saudi Arabia

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Miguel Almiron got another 90 minutes under his belt on Tuesday.

Paraguay dominating possession, shots and corners away at Saudi Arabia but unable to make the breakthrough.

After scoring the winner against Bulgaria on Thursday, it is now two goals in his last four internationals for Almiron as he prepares to now return for the Premier League game at Villa on Monday night.

Whilst the goals have started to ‘flow’ for Paraguay, Miguel Almiron will hope to get amongst the goals and assists for Newcastle United after a year in club football without any of either.

He scored no goals in his first 22 appearances for his country and now has two in 26.

He always makes a contribution to Newcastle with his hard work but the last couple of matches have seen strong suggestions that both Almiron and Saint-Maximin are set to start adding more of an end product to their approach play and hard work.

Earlier today Richard Keys put out his latest attack on Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans via his own personal blog, but dragging Miguel Almiron into it this time:

‘Do you know, he [Steve Bruce] might even get an assist or perhaps even a goal out of £21m Miguel Almiron before the season ends. What exactly was Benitez thinking when he paid that money to Atlanta United? I can’t think of one – can you? This verdict from ‘Whoscored.com’ on Almiron. Crossing – weak. Passing – weak. Finishing – weak.

Almiron failed to score in 54 of his 68 MLS games. Five of his 22 goals were pens. It’s 1 in 21 for his national team. He’s quick, but, other than that, what exactly does he do? Bruce will be a genius if he gets something out of him, but I really do wish both well. No-one likes to see a player struggling.’

Elsehwhere on Tuesday, Matty Longstaff has made his first start for England Under 20s against Iceland, that was a 7pm kick-off.

Whilst Martin Dubravka starts for Slovakia who need a win against Azerbaijan and hope Hungary draw with Wales, if they are to qualify tonight.

Full international details of Newcastle United first team players below:

Thursday 14 November

Portugal Under 20s 0 England Under 20s 4

Matty Longstaff making his international debut, coming off the subs bench on 72 minutes with England already 4-0 up.

Bulgaria 0 Paraguay 1 (Friendly)

Miguel Almiron scoring the only goal of the game, also picking up a booking before being subbed on 89 minutes.

Republic of Ireland 3 New Zealand 1

Ciaran Clark played the full 90 minutes in his first call up in 13 months, Ireland bouncing back from a shock breakaway goal against the run of play, to eventually win comfortably.

Friday 15 November

USA 4 Canada 1 (CONCACAF Nations League)

DeAndre Yedlin was a late sub in the 86th minute but made a big impression with his pace. Played a key part in the 89th minute goal to make it 3-1 and CBS Sports gave the Newcastle defender the joint third highest grade.

Saturday 16 November

Croatia 3 Slovakia 1 (Euro Championships qualifier)

Everything going great for Martin Dubravka and Slovakia as they led at half-time in this key qualifier, only for a mad 10 minutes see them go down to 10 men and concede two goals, eventually ending 3-1. Their qualification hopes now very much in the balance.

Monday 18 November

Republic of Ireland 1 Denmark 1 (European Championships qualifier)

Ciaran Clark came off the bench at half-time with the score goalless.

Needing  a win to automatically qualify, the Irish fell behind on 73 minutes but equalised on 85 minutes. However, they couldn’t conjure up a winner and must now do it through the play-offs.

Tuesday 19 November

Saudi Arabia 0 Paraguay 0 (Friendly)

Miguel Almiron got another 90 minutes under his belt.

Paraguay dominating possession, shots and corners but unable to make the breakthrough.

After scoring the winner against Bulgaria on Thursday, it is now two goals in his last four internationals for Almiron.

England Under 20s v Iceland Under 20s – Matty Longstaff

Slovakia v Azerbaijan (European Championships qualifier) – Martin Dubravka

Cuba v USA (CONCACAF Nations League) – DeAndre Yedlin

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