Heartbreak for Newcastle midfielder now out of ACON and ex-NUFC defender scores on Scotland debut

On Wednesday, Newcastle United midfielder Mo Sangare started in the 1-0 win over Chad.

That was the 21 year old’s fifth senior international appearance for Liberia and he helped them to a one goal lead in a two-legged African Cup of Nations preliminary qualifier.

Sunday has seen the second leg of the two-legged tie and after 90 minutes it was 1-0 to Chad, 1-1 on aggregate.

Chad winning the penalty shoot-out 5-4 to knock the Newcastle midfielder and his international teammate out of the 2021 African Cup of Nations, as defeat denies them entry to the qualifying group stage. No details at the moment on what today’s line-up was.

Slovakia play Paraguay in a friendly later tonight. It looked as though Martin Dubravka would be facing Miguel Almiron but not sure what Almiron’s status will be for this game having been sent off in that friendly defeat to Serbia on Thursday.

Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, it was a great day for a former Newcastle United defender.

Now playing for Kilmarnock, Stuart Findlay made a winning debut for Scotland and it was a scoring one, the ex-NUFC centre-back scoring the fifth goal in a 6-0 thrashing of San Marino.

Wednesday 9 October

Liberia 1 Chad 0 – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)

Making his fifth international appearance, the NUFC midfielder played the first 56 minutes of the first leg win.

Thursday 10 October

Serbia 1 Paraguay 0 – Friendly (Miguel Almiron)

Not a great night for Miguel Almiron, booked in the 43rd minute he got a second yellow in the 54th minute which added up to a red.

Then to make matters worse, former NUFC striker scored Serbia’s winner in the last minute.

Slovakia 1 Wales 1 – EC Qualifier (Martin Dubravka)

Martin Dubravka was beaten in the 25th minute by Kieffer Moore but Slovakia equalised in the 53rd minute through Kucka. Dubravka’s  team then dominating but unable to find a winner.

With two group games left to play, Slovakia are three points behind leaders Croatia and a point ahead of third placed Hungary.

Friday 11 October

USA 7 Cuba 0 – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)

DeAndre Yedlin sat out this seven goal thrashing, the NUFC defender watching on as USMNT raced into a 6-0 lead at half-time, before easing off after the break.

Saturday 12 October

Malta 0 Sweden 4 – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)

As usual, an unused sub for the 90 minutes.

This easy win leaves the Swedes in second, five points behind Spain and one ahead of Romania, with three group games remaining.

Denmark 1 Switzerland 0 – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)

A blow for Switzerland and the NUFC defender who played the full 90 minutes, an 84th minute Poulsen goal winning the match.

Switzerland now four points behind joint leaders Denmark and Ireland, with a crunch game on Tuesday night when the Swiss host the Irish – only three and two games left respectively in the group.

Sunday 13 October 

Chad 1 Liberia 0 (1-1 aggregate and Chad win 5-4 on penalties) – ACON Two-legged Qualifier (Mo Sangare)

Slovakia v Paraguay – Friendly (Miguel Almiron and Martin Dubravka)

Tuesday 15 October

Sweden v Spain – EC Qualifier (Emil Krafth)

Switzerland v Republic of Ireland – EC Qualifier (Fabian Schar)

Canada v USA – CONCACAF Nations League (DeAndre Yedlin)

Thursday 17 October

Burkina Faso v Ghana – ANC Qualifier (Christian Atsu)

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