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Brilliant Monday night for Fabian Schar with his feet up but not great for Ciaran Clark

3 weeks ago
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Fabian Schar may have missed the last three Newcastle United matches with a knee injury but he was smiling on Monday night.

Sitting at home with his feet up, the Swiss defender’s international teammates have ensured he will be playing in the European Championships next summer.

It always looked a formality in their final group game but Switzerland got the job done with a minimum of fuss.

Itten, Vargas and Fassnacht putting them three up inside 57 minutes, before Gibraltar managed a rare attack and goal through Styche on 74 minutes. However, within seconds Benito went up the other end and made it 4-1 to Switzerland.

Itten (84 minutes) and alleged Newcastle target Grant Xhaka (86 minutes) making the scoreline a little bit more realistic late on. The 6-1 win ensuring that Switzerland qualify and top Group D.

However, not such great news for Ciaran Clark and the Republic of Ireland who were also in the same group.

They knew that they qualified if beating Denmark and with the game still goalless, Ciaran Clark replaced former Sunderland defender John Egan at the break.

The Irish had more corners and shots but it was the Danes who came up with the goal.

Matt Doherty of Wolves at fault as Martin Braithwaite put the visitors ahead on 73 minutes.

Funny how these things work out though as with five minutes left, it was Doherty who gave the Irish hope with an equaliser.

The hosts fought for the crucial winning goal but came up short, meaning Ciaran Clark and his international teammates will need to qualify through the play-offs.

Switzerland topping the group with 17 points, Denmark on 16 also qualifying, with the Republic of Ireland on 13 points back in third.

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

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

Slovakia v Azerbaijan (European Championships qualifier) – Martin Dubravka

Saudi Arabia v Paraguay (Friendly) – Miguel Almiron

Cuba v USA (CONCACAF Nations League) – DeAndre Yedlin

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