Brilliant news for Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar
It wasn’t the best of days on Sunday for Fabian Schar.
The Newcastle United defender dropped to the bench by Switzerland after starting the 3-0 defeat to Italy and 1-1 draw with Wales.
Then whilst the unused sub watched his Swiss teammates beat Turkey 3-1, it wasn’t enough to secure an automatic place in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
With four points and a minus (-1) goal difference, Fabian Schar left wondering if Switzerland would be one of the four best third placed teams who would also qualify.
The Monday afternoon matches in Group C saw Austria and Ukraine playing for second and third spots, if they played out a draw then both clubs would have four points but a better goal difference than Switzerland, however, Austria win 1-0 in a game they dominated, meaning Ukraine ended up third with three points.
We then moved on to Monday night’s games, Belgium already qualified but Finland, Russia and Denmark could all finish in second, third or fourth.
A dramatic and emotional night saw Denmark hammer Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen, though they were left sweating on qualification for the knockout stages as Belgium battered Finland but just couldn’t score, not helped by a ludicrous VAR decision ruling out a Lukaku goal, supposedly for offside.
However, with 16 minutes to go the Finns finally cracked, as their star performer in goal cruelly scored an own goal after Vermaelen’s header rebounded off the woodwork in the 74th minute, Lukaku then getting a deserved goal to make it 2-0.
This triggered celebrations for Denmark, as with Belgium on nine points and the other trio on three points, Denmark qualified as best of the three.
Celebrations also triggered for Fabian Schar and Switzerland, as they progress to the knockout stages, having a point more than third placed Finland in Group B.
With England already having four points, they too have now already qualified for the last 16, thanks to Groups B and C ending up with third place teams on three points. Though it will be a massive own goal if England don’t win such a poor group, as only that will keep them at Wembley for the last 16 match, which can be played in front of up to 40,000 fans now, according to UEFA guidelines and so long as no objection from the UK government.
The final Group A table:
So Fabian Schar is the first Newcastle player to qualify for the knockout stages and Ryan Fraser could follow tonight. The equation simple, they have to beat Croatia which would put them on four points and guaranteed qualification.
Listed below is a summer timetable, showing important dates and moments to note, including the now four friendlies and confirmation of Premier League dates and times for August.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUMMER TIMETABLE
Wednesday 9 June
Summer transfer window opens.
Wednesday 9 June
Paraguay 0 Brazil 2 – Miguel Almiron playing the full game.
Friday 11 June
Euro 2020 finals kick-off with Turkey 0 Italy 3.
Saturday 12 June
Switzerland 1 Wales 1 – Fabian Schar playing his first full 90 competitive minutes in over four months.
Sunday 13 June
England 1 Croatia 0
Monday 14 June
Scotland 0 Czech Republic 2
A decent display from Scotland but undone by one very good goal and another exceptional one, Ryan Fraser coming on with 23 minutes to go.
Slovakia 2 Poland 1
Martin Dubravka celebrating his first ever game in a major finals and it was a winning one.
Sweden 0 Spain 0
Emil Krafth played the final 15 minutes as an all hands to the pump rearguard action saw Sweden pick up an unlikely point.
Paraguay 3 Bolivia 1
Miguel Almiron and his teammates absolutely dominated with 34 shots to 4 from Bolivia and 79% possession, recovering from going behind to a 10th minute VAR penalty, three second-half goals gave them a deserved victory.
Wednesday 16 June
Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match of the new PL season.
Switzerland 0 v Italy 3
An uncomfortable night for Fabian Schar, Italy looking good and going 2-0 up thanks to a goal from Locatelli in both halves before the Newcastle defender was subbed. Italy adding a third goal late on.
Friday 18 June
Slovakia 0 Sweden 1
Martin Dubravka pulling off one of the saves of the tournament but then gave away the decisive spot-kick, Sweden’s Forsberg scoring despite the Newcastle keeper going the right way.
Scotland 0 England 0
Ryan Fraser an unused substitute as Scotland produce the best chances in a poor dull match.
Sunday 20 June
Switzerland 3 Turkey 1
Fabian Schar dropped to the bench after Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy on Wednesday and was an unused sub today.
A win for the Swiss and defeat for Wales (1-0 against Italy) but it needed a five goal turn around as well. the Swiss left needing two more goals to have finished second in the group and automatic qualification. So instead Wales join Italy in the last 16 and Fabian Schar and Switzerland must now wait and see if they are one of the four of six clubs to finish third in their group but still go into the knockout stages.
Monday 21 June
Fabian Schar celebrates as defeats for Finland and Ukraine mean that they finish third in groups B and C respectively, both on three points. Which means the Newcastle defender and Switzerland now guaranteed to be one of the four best third placed teams having ended their group A matches with four points.
Paraguay v Argentina (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Tuesday 22 June
England v Czech Republic
Scotland v Croatia (Ryan Fraser)
Wednesday 23 June
Slovakia v Spain (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Poland (Emil Krafth)
Thursday 24 June
Paraguay v Chile (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Sunday 27 June
Paraguay v Uruguay (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Monday 5 July
Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.
Saturday 10 July
Copa America final in Argentina (possible Miguel Almiron participation).
Sunday 11 July
Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley (possible Schar, Fraser, Krafth, Dubravka participation).
Sunday 18 July
Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day, away at York City with 2pm kick-off, away at Harrogate Town with kick-off time to be confirmed (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).
Tuesday 27 July
Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.
Friday 30 July
NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Sunday 15 August
Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.
Saturday 21 August
Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.
Saturday 28 August
Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.
Monday 30 August
First international break starts.
Tuesday 31 August
Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.
Monday 4 October
Second international break starts.
Monday 8 November
Third international break starts.
Monday 21 March 2022
Fourth international break starts.
Sunday 22 May 2022
Premier League 2021/22 season ends.
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