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World Cup disaster for Newcastle United player

2 years ago
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A World Cup play-off final decider with the winner on the night qualifying for the finals in Qatar and ending in disaster for Newcastle United’s Emil Krafth.

Sweden were away to Poland having won Thursday’s play-off semi-final 1-0 in extra-time against the Czech Republic.

Emil Krafth having missed that win through suspension but recalled to the starting line-up last night.

The Newcastle defender actually had a decent personal performance but Lewandowski with a penalty on 49 minutes and then Zielinski finished off all hopes when adding a second goal on 72 minutes.

Sweden only had themselves to blame though, as after winning five of their first six qualifying matches, including a 2-1 home win over Spain, they were favourites to go through and top of the group.

However, they somehow lost their penultimate group game 2-0 to Georgia and that meant they had to win in Spain to go through automatically. They had chances to do in that game but an 86th minute Morata goal ended those hopes.

After being someone on the very edges of the national squad for so long, rarely getting any starts, Emil Krafth has actually become automatic first choice for Sweden in the last year or so, starting six of the last seven World Cup qualifying matches he was available for, coming on as a substitute in the other.

However, all hopes of being involved in November / December in Qatar are now at an end for the Newcastle United defender.

Elsewhere, Slovakia won 2-0 against Finland last night in a friendly, but Martin Dubravka missing as he had withdrawn from the squad due to injury / illness.

Whilst Switzerland could only manage a disappointing 1-1 draw with Kosovo, Fabian Schar missing that game as he had also been forced to withdraw from his national squad due to injury.

Newcastle United players on international duty in March 2022

Monday 21 March

New Zealand 4 Fiji 0 World Cup qualifier (played at neutral venue in Qatar)

Chris Wood scored twice and went on to 30 goals for his country, making him New Zealand’s top goalscorer ever.

Thursday 24 March

New Zealand 7 New Caledonia 1 World Cup qualifier (played at neutral venue in Qatar)

The Kiwis brought the Newcastle United January signing on in the 71st minute and he still scored two goals, which makes it eight goals for Chris Wood in his last six appearances for New Zealand. Those goals in the 7-1 demolition job on New Caledonia, means that Chris Wood is now on 32 goals for New Zealand, three clear of the next highest in the national team’s history.

Brazil 4 Chile 0 World Cup qualifier

Coming off the bench after 82 minutes when replacing Manchester United’s Fred and the score at 3-0, Bruno Guimaraes was swiftly into the thick of the action.

In the first minute of injury time the Newcastle midfielder threaded a pass through to Richarlison and the Everton striker supplied an excellent left foot finish to make it 4-0. Brazil are unbeaten in the group, long since qualified for Qatar and now all but certain to finish top of the group ahead of Argentina.

Paraguay 3 Ecuador 1 World Cup qualifier

After a dismal run of five defeats and two draws in their last seven South American group qualifiers, a rare bit of positivity for Paraguay and Miguel Almiron.

With chances of qualifying for Qatar long gone, second bottom of the (10 team) group Paraguay beat third top Ecuador 3-1.

An excellent performance from Miguel Almiron seeing him crown his display with some excellent footwork on the edge of the box and a sweet left foot finish into the bottom corner.

Sweden 1 Czech Republic 0 World Cup qualifier

Sweden won their play-off semi-final and now will play Poland on Tuesday (29 March) night, the winner guaranteed a place at the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year. Emil Krafth missed this game due to suspension but will be back available on Tuesday.

Friday 25 March

Norway 2 Slovakia 0 Friendly

Martin Dubravka not involved due to injury / illness, has withdrawn from the squad.

Saturday 26 March Friendly

England 2 Switzerland 1

Fabian Schar wasn’t involved, as withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Sunday 27 March World Cup qualifier (played at neutral venue in Qatar)

New Zealand 1 Tahiti 0, Chris Wood playing the full 90 minutes but not scoring on this occasion.

Tuesday 29 March World Cup qualifier

Poland 2 Sweden 0 (Emil Krafth)

A World Cup play-off final decider with the winner on the night qualifying for the finals in Qatar and ending in disaster for Emil Krafth.

Finland 0 Slovakia 2 Friendly

Martin Dubravka wasn’t involved due to injury / illness, having withdrawn from the squad, as Slovakia picked up an impressive away win.

Switzerland 1 Kosovo 1 Friendly

Switzerland played out a disappointing draw at home but Fabian Schar wasn’t be involved, as he was withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Wednesday 30 March (played at neutral venue in Qatar)

New Zealand v Solomon Islands World Cup qualifier

Chris Wood and his teammates must win this play-off final qualifier to decide who tops Oceanian qualifying. The winner of this game will then play the country who finishes fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, which looks set to almost certainly be Costa Rica. That game to be played on June 13 or June 14, with the winner then qualifying for the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Peru v Paraguay (Miguel Almiron) World Cup qualifier

World Cup qualification group match (In UK time the kick-off is 12.30am on Wednesday 30 March)

Bolivia v Brazil (Bruno Guimaraes) World Cup qualifier

World Cup qualification group match (In UK time the kick-off is 12.30am on Wednesday 30 March)

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