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Martin Dubravka stars in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

7 months ago

Ryan Fraser was the first Newcastle United casualty, now Martin Dubravka becomes the second.

Fraser eliminated from Euro 2020 on Tuesday night, tonight the Newcastle keeper joining him.

Martin Dubravka and Slovakia knew that a draw would ensure qualification for the last 16 but they were up against Spain.

In the 12th minute Slovakia may have thought the gods were with them, as Martin Dubravka pulled off a stunning penalty save.

However, a dominant Spanish side just kept piling on the pressure.

In the 30th minute a total nightmare for the Newcastle keeper, trying to push a high ball out for a corner, Dubravka instead palmed it into his own net.

Spain knew that only a win would ensure qualification and they pushed and pushed for the killer second, it arriving on the stroke of half-time from Laporte.

Spain were all but permanently pressing in the second half and three more goals followed, Sarabia, Torres and anothe Slovakian own goal completing the scoring. Slovakia were probably unfortunate with the order of the games, as Spain knew they had to win this one and were stung by the failure to beat Sweden and Poland.

The end of match stats summed up the Spanish dominance, nine shots on target and none from Slovakia, as well as seven corners and none for the losing side.

Slovakia are now out of the competition as three points and a -5 GD weren’t good enough to be one of the four best third placed teams.

Commiserations to Marti Dubravka but for Newcastle fans maybe a small bit of relief that if any clubs were sniffing around looking for a new keeper, they will recall this blunder rather than the penalty save and general good levels in this tournament.

Elsewhere, 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.

Newcastle now represented by Schar and Krafth as we move into the last 16.


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 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, Krafth, Dubravka 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. No news from NUFC (as usual) but Harrogate have now stated on their website that 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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