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Impressive from Newcastle United players in Sunday’s final friendlies before Euro 2020

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The pre-tournament friendlies have now been completed for the quartet of Newcastle United players set to take part in the Euro 2020 finals.

Sunday seeing the two final friendlies involving Newcastle United players ahead of the tournament kicking off on Friday with Turkey v Italy.

An excellent display from Martin Dubrakva helping Slovakia to keep a clean sheet away against Austria in this goalless draw.

Injury and then no first team football for Newcastle United when fit, has helped limit the keeper’s recent appearances for his country.

Sunday night only Dubvavka’s second match for Slovakia since November 2019, so it will be interesting to see if he is number one once again and starts when Slovakia face Poland in their first Euro 2020 finals group match next Monday (14 June).

Martin Dubravka didn’t do his chances any harm in a game that Austria dominated, the home side with 17 shots, 61% possession and a corner count of 8-0.

Steve Bruce waited far too long before putting Martin Dubravka back in his Premier League side, the keeper eventually getting the final 13 PL games where Newcastle lost only three times and picked up 20 points.

In the opening 25 PL games, Newcastle picking up 25 points, an average of 1.54 points per match picked up when Dubravka played, compared to 1.00 points per game when Darlow was in goal.

Hopefully those 13 matches have been enough of a platform for Martin Dubravka to be first choice for Slovakia in what could be 32 year old’s last chance in a major international tournament.

Elsewhere, Ryan Fraser didn’t do his chances any harm either.

The Newcastle winger has scored on his last three starts for Scotland and last night impressed in a second successive sub appearance after missing the end of the Premier League season through injury.

After doing well in the 2-2 draw against Holland on Wednesday, Ryan Fraser came on with 64 minutes gone on Sunday, with Scotland leading 1-0 against Luxembourg and the Scots also a man advantage after a first half red card for the hosts.

Fair to say that Newcastle fans are still waiting to see a real impact from Ryan Fraser, as injury, fitness issues and lack of form have hampered him. However, at times he has shown glimpses of what he can do, especially with his crossing ability.

In his cameo on Sunday, Ryan Fraser saw a decent shot blocked five minutes after coming on and then produced a series of excellent crosses for teammates.

The Newcastle winger setting up Lyndon Dykes, Scott McTominay and Scott McKenna with decent chances, all three putting headers wide of the target.

Scotland start their Euro 2020 finals group matches against the Czech Republic next Monday (14 June) and Ryan Fraser may have to settle for a place on the bench initially as he is yet to prove full fitness, but having impressed in these sub appearances, he looks sure to be involved as the tournament progresses, likely starting with coming off the bench in seven days time.

Listed below are all the summer confirmed matches potentially involving Newcastle United players, with all the pre tournament friendly results and then the Euro 2020 group matches. Whilst for Miguel Almiron, it is a couple of World Cup qualifiers, before then the Copa America tournament now set to take place in Brazil after it was taken off Argentina, due to rising virus cases.

PRE-EURO 2020 FINALS FRIENDLIES (Apart from Miguel Almiron with World Cup qualifiers)

Saturday 29 May

Sweden 2 Finland 0

A rare 90 minutes for his country, as Emil Krafth shook off an ankle injury picked up in training, to play the full game in the 2-0 win.

Sunday 30 May

Switzerland 2 USA 1

Fabian Schar played full 90 minutes of first team football for first time in almost four months. Former NUFC defender DeAndre Yedlin called into USA squad for first time in 18 months and played final 10 minutes as a sub.

Tuesday 1 June

Slovakia 1 Bulgaria 1

Martin Dubravka an unused sub.

Wednesday 2 June

Holland 2 Scotland 2

Good news for Newcastle and Scotland as Ryan Fraser was back from injury, playing his first football since starting the 3-0 NUFC defeat at Brighton in March.

Fraser playing a full part after coming on in the 62nd minute when Scotland were drawing 1-1, the Scots then quickly making it 2-1 with Holland only grabbing a draw thanks to an 89th minute goal.

Thursday 3 June

Switzerland 7 Liechenstein 0

Playing the opening half, Fabian Schar was subbed at the break with Switzerland 1-0 up.

After his departure, Switzerland scoring another six goals without reply in this international walkover, the final score 7-0 to the Swiss.

Uruguay 0 Paraguay 0

Miguel Almiron helped Paraguay to take another small step towards World Cup qualification for Qatar 2022.

A spirited goalless draw saw Paraguay extend their unbeaten run to eight matches and after this fifth of eighteen group games, the point keeps them fourth of ten and ahead of Uruguay in fifth on goal difference. The top four qualify automatically for the World Cup finals, the fifth goes into a play-off.

A game of few chances where Uruguay edged it and saw a Rodriguez goal maybe unluckily disallowed and Suarez missed a sitter. However, Paraguay did come into the game late on and Almiron saw one effort go just wide and the Newcastle man setting Sanchez up twice in decent positions, one saved by the keeper and the other just off target.

Saturday 5 June

Sweden 3 Armenia 1

The Swedes completely dominated and had 17 shots and 10 corners, winning 3-1.

At 2-1, Emil Krafth was introduced with 18 minutes to go, helping to see out the win and Sweden extending their lead with an 85th minute goal from Marcus Berg.

Sunday 6 June

Austria 0 Slovakia 0

A bad injury and then Steve Bruce delaying far too long before putting him back in the first team, this was only the second start for his country since November 2019.

Martin Dubravka though didn’t do his chances any harm in a game that Austria dominated, the home side with 17 shots, 61% possession and a corner count of 8-0.

Hopefully enough to see the NUFC keeper getting the nod to start when Slovakia face Poland in their first Euro 2020 finals group match next Monday (14 June).

Luxembourg 0 Scotland 1

Having scored in his last three starts for Scotland, Ryan Fraser made his second consecutive sub appearance on Sunday night after missing the final months of the season with Newcastle through injury.

Off the bench on 64 minutes with Scotland have a one goal and one man advantage, Fraser saw a decent shot blocked five minutes after coming on and then produced a series of excellent crosses for teammates.

The Newcastle winger setting up Lyndon Dykes, Scott McTominay and Scott McKenna with decent chances, all three putting headers wide of the target.

Wednesday 9 June

Paraguay v Brazil (Miguel Almiron – World Cup qualifier)

EURO 2020 FINALS and COPA AMERICA (Miguel Almiron)

Saturday 12 June

Switzerland v Wales (Fabian Schar)

Monday 14  June

Scotland v Czech Republic (Ryan Fraser)

Slovakia v Poland (Martin Dubravka)

Sweden v Spain (Emil Krafth)

Paraguay v Bolivia (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)

Wednesday 16 June

Switzerland v Italy (Fabian Schar)

Friday 18 June

Scotland v England (Ryan Fraser)

Slovakia v Sweden (Martin Dubravka and Emil Krafth)

Sunday 20 June

Switzerland v Turkey (Fabian Schar)

Monday 21 June

Paraguay v Argentina (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)

Tuesday 22 June

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)

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