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Martin Dubravka is both hero and villain on Friday afternoon

4 weeks ago

Martin Dubravka with a very eventful match on Friday afternoon.

The Newcastle United keeper playing for Slovakia in their second group match of Euro 2021, having beaten Poland 2-1 in their opening game.

Up against Sweden, the NUFC keeper’s club teammate named on the bench.

A competitive match with Slovakia having more possession (58%) and almost as many shots (10 v 12) and corners (6 v 7) as Sweden. However, Sweden’s keeper having no efforts on target to face, whilst Martin Dubravka had four.

The NUFC keeper pulling off one of the saves of the tournament…

However, the Newcastle number one then gave away the decisive spot-kick and got a booking, Sweden’s Forsberg scoring in the 77th minute despite the Newcastle keeper going the right way.

Martin Dubravka charged up the pitch in added time and almost connected with a corner.

Whilst Emil Krafth came on in the third minute of added time and put in one valuable block.

It all goes to the last matches of the group, with Slovakia playing Spain, Dubravka and his teammates still capable of filling any of the four places in the group. As is the case with Emil Krafth, Sweden set to play Poland in their final group game.

Before all of that though, Spain play Poland at 5pm this (Friday) afternoon.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 9 June

Paraguay 0 Brazil 2

A hard fought game but Neymar giving Brazil a fourth minute lead and after Paraguay failed to get the equaliser, a Lucas Paqueta goal in the third minute of added time finally ended Miguel Almiron and his country’s hopes of extending a proud record of never having lost to Brazil at home since 1985.

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, as Switzerland by far the better team and taking the lead through Embolo on 49 minutes. Schar went close to scoring with a clever flick in the first half from a corner but he lost his man on a corner with 17 minutes remaining, Moore heading the equaliser.

Sunday 13 June

England  1 Croatia 0

Monday 14  June – Euro 2020 group games involving Newcastle players kick off

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 and the Scots two goals down, the Newcastle player unable to help turn things around.

Slovakia 2 Poland 1

Martin Dubravka celebrating his first ever game in a major finals and it was a winning one.

A Szczesny own goal giving Slovakia an 18th minute lead, before then only 3o seconds into the second half the Newcastle keeper was beaten by Poland’s first effort on target. Dubravka maybe thinking he could have saved it but perhaps deceived by the fact that Linetty didn’t hit the ball cleanly.

A red card for Krychowiak on 62 minutes then gave Slovakia a man advantage, which they then used to great effect in taking the lead once again on 69 minutes through Skriniar. Martin Dubravka then showing good handling and control of his box to help see out the win, Slovakia withstanding late pressure from Lewandoski and teammates.

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, despite having only 15% of possession. The Swedes though did have one shot on target and hit the post in very rare visits up the pitch.

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 1oth minute VAR penalty, three second-half goals gave them a deserved victory. The win means Paraguay top their five team Copa America group as Argentina could only draw 1-1 with Chile.

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.

Five minutes after that second goal, the Newcastle defender subbed in the 57th minute, closely followed by former NUFC player Kevin Mbabu also replaced. With the game lost, presumably the Swiss manager having one eye on Sunday’s must win game against Turkey, if Switzerland are to have any chance of qualifying.

Immobile added a third goal on 89 minutes to complete a miserable night in Rome for Fabian Schar and his teammates.

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. It all goes to the last matches of the group, with Slovakia playing Spain, Dubravka and his teammates still capable of filling any of the four places in the group.

Scotland v England (Ryan Fraser)

Sunday 20 June

Switzerland v Turkey (Fabian Schar)

Monday 21 June

Paraguay v Argentina (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)

Monday 21 June

The mass return of fans to football grounds could be announced as part of final wholesale lifting of virus restrictions.

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.

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).

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Saturday 14 August

Weekend that 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off.

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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