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Fabian Schar ends up last Mag standing as final Newcastle United teammate bows out

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Fabian Schar is now the sole Newcastle United representative at the Euro 2020 finals.

On the pitch anyway, Graeme Jones of course playing his part in the England set-up working under Gareth Southgate.

Ryan Fraser was the first to go, eliminated at the group stage with Scotland.

Martin Dubrabka quickly following, as a nightmare goalkeeping clanger was the first of five goals that sent Spain through and Slovakia out of the competition in the final group game.

Fabian Schar started the first two group matches but was then dropped for the final group game against Turkey and left out again on Monday night, only to make a triumphant return as a sub against France, the NUFC defender coolly scoring one of the five shoot-out spot-kicks that took Switzerland through to the last eight with Mbappe missing the crucial penalty.

Tuesday had little chance of matching the levels and 14 goals of Monday’s two games and so it proved.

England gifted a couple of chances to Germany but the visitors are an ageing team very much on the decline, Gareth Southgate’s side eventually scoring the goals via Sterling and Kane that put them deservedly in the last eight.

After the uplifting sight of a Wembley just over half full, a near empty Hampden Park hosted Ukraine v Sweden.

Emil Krafth introduced to the action on 83 minutes with the score 1-1, Sweden had been favourites to beat Ukraine.

The Newcastle United defender delayed proceedings for a few minutes when knocked to the floor by a ball that struck him in the face but with no lasting effects, Krafth was around to see Ukraine win it in the final seconds of extra-time and avoid penalties. An extra-time sending off massively helping Ukraine to in the final stages, Sweden losing a man to what in my opinion wasn’t even a foul.

Emil Krafth and Sweden missing out on last eight and leaving Fabian Schar with the title of last Newcastle United player left standing at this excellent tournament.

As well as England of course, all eyes now on 5pm Friday (2 July) when Switzerland and Fabian Schar take on Spain in St Petersburg, Belgium v Italy following at 8pm on Friday night. Saturday sees Denmark v Czech Republic at 5pm, before then in Rome, England take on Ukraine.

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.

Emil Krafth another Newcastle United player through to the last 16, as Sweden are top of their group with four points and one game to play against Poland on Wednesday.

Paraguay 0 Argentina 1

Miguel Almiron and Paraguay were the more dominant team but couldn’t find a goal, losing only a second game in their last eleven. This Copa America group clash saw Lionel Messi create a bit of history, becoming the joint most capped Argentina player, now on 147 caps which is the same as Javier Mascherano.

Tuesday 22 June

Scotland 1 Croatia 3

Ryan Fraser introduced in the 70th minute from the bench, with Scotland 2-1 down and needing to win to qualify.

Instead Perisic finished them off when making it 3-1 on 77 minutes, the Newcastle winger unable to change the flow of the game as the Scots bowed out of the competition, the first NUFC player to do so.

England 1 Czech Republic 0

A slightly better England performance than the first two, Grealish and Saka easily England’s best two players and they were part of the move that won the game. A superb Grealish cross which made it impossible to miss for Sterling’s header. England having three efforts on target, which equals the combined first two games (two v Croatia, one v Scotland).

Wednesday 23 June

Slovakia 0 Spain 5

A case of the good, the bad and the ugly for Martin Dubravka. A brilliant save from a 12th minute penalty, a horror own goal to put Spain in the lead, then little he could do after that as an all dominant opposition attacked at will, scoring four more goals. Slovakia without a corner or shot on target all game. This means Slovakia exit Euro 2020, as their three points and -5 GD wasn’t enough to be one of the four best third placed teams in the six groups.

Sweden 3 Poland 2

Emil Krafth played the final 22 minutes for Sweden. Coming on at 2-2, the Newcastle defender helping his country to a 3-2 win, Claesson scoring in added time. Sweden had already qualified but this result means they have topped the group.

Thursday 24 June

Paraguay 2 Chile 0

A perfect night for Miguel Almiron, as Paraguay qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2021 Copa America.

The Newcastle star was man of the match as Samudio scored from his perfectly delivered corner and then Miggy himself scored from the penalty spot to ensure the win.

Monday 28 June

Paraguay 0 Uruguay 1

Miguel Almiron making his sixth start for Paraguay this month, with qualification for the Copa America quarter-finals already assured before this defeat.

However, an absolute nightmare as on 30 minutes the Newcastle star passed the ball and as he set off to get a return pass he went down with nobody around him clutching the back of his left thigh.

Miguel Almiron leaving the pitch in tears with what looks a bad hamstring injury. Very unlikely to see him again at Copa America which has less than two weeks left to run and massive concerns for Newcastle, his participation in pre-season and indeed whether he will now be ready for the new season in just over six weeks time.

Switzerland 3 France 3 (Switzerland win 5-4 on penalties AET)

Fabian Schar introduced in extra time, the 97th minute of an extraordinary match, with the score at 3-3.

The Newcastle defender playing his part in ensuring tournament favourites France didn’t win it in the extra half hour and then all about keeping your cool. Nobody does that much better than Fabian Schar, he coolly scored Switzerland’s second penalty of the shootout, the Swiss triumphant as Mpabbe missed and an incredible night of football ends with the NUFC defender and teammates in the last eight.

Tuesday 29 June

Sweden 1 Ukraine 2 (AET)

Emil Krafth an 83rd minute sub and introduced with the score at 1-1.

Sweden having a man sent off in extra-time and Ukraine eventually made that advantage count, scoring in the final seconds to avoid the need for penalties. Krafth exiting the competition means Newcastle United only have Fabian Schar in the quarter-finals.

Friday 2 July

At 5pm it is Switzerland v Spain (Fabian Schar – Playing for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals)

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 participation).

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.

Away at York City with a 2pm kick-off and away at Harrogate Town.

Harrogate have now stated on their website that their NUFC friendly is also a 2pm kick-off (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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