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Landmark Sunday night for both Fabian Schar and DeAndre Yedlin in St. Gallen clash

2 months ago

A massive night for Fabian Schar.

With only 13 days to go until Euro 2020 kicks off for Switzerland hopefully Schar, the Newcastle United defender made his first start in a match for four months.

A 90 minutes lying ahead on Sunday night for Fabian Schar to at last properly test his recovery and fitness after a bad knee injury.

The 29 year old last started a first team match on 6 February 2021 in the win over Southampton at St James Park.

Sent off on his return to the team only 18 minutes into a sub appearance against Arsenal at the beginning of May, Schar’s Euro 2020 preparation was dealt a huge blow as he could then only take part in the Fulham end of season game. Despite the game being meaningless, Steve Bruce very surprisingly didn’t give Fabian Schar a helping hand with a start, instead the Swiss international came off the bench at Craven Cottage and only got 18 minutes, though it did include a deliciously taken penalty to round off United’s season with a 2-0 win.

Fast forward to Sunday night and Switzerland v USA in St. Gallen, the first of only two friendlies before Euro 2020, the Swiss set to play Wales in their first group game on Saturday 13 June and Fabian Schar desperate to be part of it.

The night couldn’t have got off to a worse start, Fabian Schar starting in the middle of a defensive three and his fellow defender Elvedi producing a poor clearance that gifted the opening goal to the USA’s Llelget.

However, Fabian Schar rallied the troops and calmed the defence down, Switzerland quickly getting back into the game and equalising with a 10th minute Rodriguez goal.

In a competitive match, it was a good test and preparation for Fabian Schar and Switzerland ahead of the Euros and on 63 minutes Zuber supplied the finish to give Switzerland a deserved lead and what proved to be the winning goal.

Whilst there were six substitutions for the Swiss, Fabian Schar played out the full 90 minutes plus added time, showing no ill effects from four months with only 36 minutes of first team football at Newcastle United.

For the USA the friendly was preparation for their Concacaf Nations League match against Honduras on 4 June.

Last night was a big one for Fabian Schar and it was the same for former NUFC teammate DeAndre Yedlin.

Bizarrely given away for free by Steve Bruce in the middle of a relegation struggle, Yedlin joined Galatasaray and has been in excellent form. His 11 league appearances helping the Turkish club to eight wins, one draw and only two defeats when he has been involved.

He helped his new club finish second in the Turkish Super Lig and he now has Champions League football on the horizon after being discarded by Newcastle United, with a place in Champions League qualifying lying ahead.

Ignored by the USA for 18 months, his club form in Turkey has brought DeAndre Yedlin back into the international squad for the first time since November 2019.

Though only 27, the former Newcastle defender is seen as an experienced veteran as he returned to play in a very young team, only ten minutes as a sub last night but a landmark return stepping stone for the right-sided defender.

Fabian Schar and Switzerland now play Liechenstein on Thursday (3 June).

Then Fabian Schar hopefully in the team as they kick off their Euro 2020 group matches with Wales on Saturday 12 June, Italy on Wednesday 16 June and Turkey on Sunday 20 June.


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