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Ryan Fraser the match winner for Scotland and could have had hat-trick – Watch here

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Ryan Fraser produced a positive end to Newcastle United involvement in this international fortnight.

Named man of the match in Sunday’s win over Slovakia, the Newcastle star was the match winner on Wednesday night.

An entertaining game and plenty of chances at both ends despite the scoreline, a sweet finish from Ryan Fraser (watch below) in the sixth minute gave the Scots this Nations League victory over the Czech Republic.

The Newcastle man a constant threat with his pace as he once again played in a free role as the second striker, could have had a hat-trick as he went close with a couple of other chances (also watch below).

It was only the second international goal of Fraser’s international career and Newcastle fans will be hoping his Scotland form this past week or so, will carry over into the Premier League, particularly when it comes to goal threat.

Scotland now unbeaten for over a year and have won six and drawn two since losing against Russia in October 2019.

Our friends from over the border obviously benefiting as well from the appointment of the self-proclaimed greatest coach the Premier League has ever seen, John Carver now part of Steve Clarke’s coaching team.

(In the highlights below, Ryan Fraser scores at 0.15, shoots just wide at 1.27 and 1.48 he uses his pace to get away and puts one just over the bar)

Elsewhere it was a poor night for Newcastle’s internationals.

It ended Finland 1 Republic of Ireland 0 as Jeff Hendrick started and played the opening 75 minutes before being subbed in this Nations League defeat.

Had a shot blocked early on but a bit like the team overall, a lot of running around but carrying next to no goal threat.

With three starts in a week (played 120 minutes last Thursday and 90 minutes on Sunday, interesting to see if Hendrick will be selected against Man Utd on Saturday.

An easy 3-0 win for Portugal over Sweden despite missing Ronaldo who has tested positive for the virus, Emil Krafth sitting on the bench throughout this Nations League loss.

Whilst it was Norway 1 Northern Ireland 0 in Oslo and Jamal Lewis didn’t travel for this Nations League defeat, instead he was sent for a scan on his Achilles and Newcastle fans anxiously wait to see if he will be available to face Man Utd on Saturday.

NEWCASTLE UNITED INTERNATIONALS – FULL SCHEDULE

Wednesday 7 October

Switzerland 1 Croatia 2

Fabian Schar played 76 minutes of this friendly and appeared to have no issues with his shoulder before being subbed late on. Schar the sixth Swiss substitution as they then face games against Spain on Saturday and Germany on Tuesday.

Thursday 8 October

Scotland 0 Israel 0 AET (Scotland win 5-3 on penalties)

Ryan Fraser came on in the 84th minute but didn’t take one of the shootout penalties.

Scotland now play away to Serbia on 12 November to decide who qualifies for the 2020 European Championship finals that will take place in June and July 2021.

Slovakia 0 Republic of Ireland 0 AET (Slovakia win 4-2 on penalties)

Jeff Hendrick played the full 120 minutes but didn’t take a shootout penalty as the Republic of Ireland were eliminated after a poor match. Although the visitors did have the best of the chances that were created.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Northern Ireland 1 AET (Northern Ireland win 4-3 on penalties)

Jamal Lewis played the full 120 minutes but didn’t take a shootout penalty as Northern Ireland triumphed. They will now host host Slovakia on 12 November for a place in the Euro finals next summer.

Russia 1 Sweden 2

Emil Krafth started for Sweden today and played the opening 45 minutes before being subbed at the break with Sweden leading 1-0 in Russia. Sweden eventually winning 2-1.

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland (Jamal Lewis) European Championships play-off

Paraguay 2 v Peru 2

An entertaining game and Miguel Almiron in great form, Romero’s two goals earning Paraguay a draw in this World Cup qualifier. The Newcastle player eventually subbed in the seventh minute of injury time, departing on a cart, with hopefully just cramp, although fears it could be a muscle injury (***A later update said that it was a minor injury and Almiron was back training with the squad).

However, the big talking point was a horrific elbow to the face of Almiron in the first half. The Newcastle player’s persistence catching an opponent in possession, his determined run ended on the edge of the box as the last defender launched a horrific assault on Miguel Almiron, his elbow full to the face and knocking the Paraguayan attacking player to the floor. The Peru defender immediately putting his head in his hands as he realised what he had done, only for the referee to amazingly only give a yellow, to the astonishment of both teams.

Friday 9 October

Morocco 3 Senegal 1

Achraf Lazaar an unused substitute.

Saturday 10 October

Spain 1 Switzerland 0

Fabian Schar played the full 90 minutes in this narrow Nations League defeat.

A good defensive performance that helped restrict Spain to only two efforts on target in the 90 minutes.

Unfortunately, that good work completely outdone by Yann Sommer. The Switzerland keeper attempting a daft short pass which was intercepted by former Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino and he set up Mikel Oyarzabal for an easy finish in the 14th minute.

Sunday 11 October

Scotland 1 Slovakia 0

Ryan Fraser started the game and played 85 minutes as the second striker, his seventh game for club and country in the past month, as he reaches full fitness.

Scotland are now unbeaten (five wins and two draws) in over a year and the Newcastle star was named man of the match after this latest victory. The win putting them top of their Nations League group.

Republic of Ireland 0 Wales 0

Once again the Republic of Ireland struggled to create chances, only two on target all night.

A decent game for Jeff Hendrick who worked hard but effectively two teams cancelling each other out in this goalless draw. After 90 minutes on Sunday and 120 minutes on Thursday, interesting to see if Hendrick is given a rest on Wednesday ahead of Newcastle United meeting Man Utd on Saturday night.

Croatia 2 Sweden 1

Emil Krafth remained on the bench for this Nations League defeat.

Northern Ireland 0 Austria 1

A case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Newcastle’s Jamal Lewis and his Northern Ireland teammates.

Only one effort on target for the team in the 90 minutes as they clearly were feeling the effects of that dramatic penalty shootout win in Sarajevo that took them to that final play-off on 12 November against Slovakia, for a place in the 2020 Euro finals next summer.

Just like Hendrick above, after 90 minutes on Sunday and 120 minutes on Thursday, interesting to see if Jamal Lewis is given a rest on Wednesday ahead of Newcastle United meeting Man Utd on Saturday night.

Tuesday 13 October

Morocco 1 DR Congo 1

Achraf Lazaar once again an unused substitute despite this being another friendly.

Germany 3 Switzerland 3

A busy night for Fabian Schar.

A six goal thriller seeing Switzerland earn a credible point in Cologne.

However, the action didn’t stop there for the NUFC centre-back. Booked in the first-half, in the 93rd minute a poor challenge on Draxler saw Schar receive a second yellow and then red card. At least he will have a bit of a rest in the November international fortnight, after three international starts in this past week.

Venezuela 0 Paraguay 1

A very good display from Miguel Almiron as his non-stop running with the ball saw Venezuela repeatedly foul the Newcastle player, giving Paraguay a succession of free-kicks throughout the match.

Paraguay winning through an 85th minute goal from Giminez and then a dramatic penalty save by the visiting keeper in the 95th minute.

Wednesday 14 October

Scotland 1 Czech Republic 0

An entertaining game and plenty of chances at both ends despite the scoreline.

A sweet finish from match winner Ryan Fraser in the sixth minute in this Nations League victory.

The Newcastle man a constant threat with his pace as he once again played in a free role as the second striker, could have had a hat-trick as he went close with a couple of other chances.

Finland 1 Republic of Ireland 0

Jeff Hendrick started and played the opening 75 minutes before being subbed in this Nations League defeat.

Had a shot blocked early on but a bit like the team overall, a lot of running around but carrying next to no goal threat.

Portugal 3 Sweden 0

An easy win for Portugal despite missing Ronaldo who has tested positive for the virus, Emil Krafth sitting on the bench throughout this Nations League loss.

Norway 1 Northern Ireland 0

Jamal Lewis didn’t travel to Oslo for this Nations League defeat, instead he was sent for a scan on his Achilles and Newcastle fans anxiously wait to see if he will be available to face Man Utd on Saturday.

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