Some good news this morning that the Newcastle players who were representing their countries last night all seem to have come through uninjured, and Fabrico Coloccini is just fine, because he didn’t even get a short run-out last night in Argentina’s 3-1 win in Frankfurt against Germany.
Shane Fergsuson – after socring last night in Belfast
That game in Germany was fairly even until German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler was sent off after about 30 minutes, when he brought down Lionel Messi in the penalty area, but replacement goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen saved Messi’s penalty low to his left.
But Argentina finally took the lead through an own-goal by Sami Khedira just before half time, and then Messi, who was Argentina’s captain, scored a great goal early in the second half and then Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria scored a stunning third from almost 40 yards out, with a cannonball launched with his right foot.
Benedikt Hoewedes headed Germany’s consolation goal near the end of the game, but 10 man Germany were well beaten.
Shane Ferguson scored the first Northern Ireland goal after just 7 minutes last night in Belfast in the 3-3 draw with Finland, and that was Shane’s first appearance of the season since he has been carrying a slight injury in pre-season and never played for Newcastle.
Daniel Lafferty put the hosts two up but then Finland came back with two goals in two minutes from Tim Sparv and Teemu Pukki and it was 2-2 at the half. Perparim Hetemaj then had Finalns ahead with just 12 minuters to go but but then Martin Paterson scored a penalty to get a draw for Northern Ireland.
It was Shane’s 4th cap and the game will have also given him some much needed match practice, and there were some good words from manager Michael O’Neill, who said this after the game:
“I’m pleased for Shane.” “He’s a player with a big future, not just at club level, but also with us at international level.” “Since I came in, he’s probably been one of the brightest aspects of it, and it was great to see him get off the mark with a great finish.”
Haris Vuckic played the full game for the Slovenia’s Under 21 side in their European Championships Group Two qualifier in Ukraine, but they were beaten 2-0 with first half goals from Dmytro Korkishko and Serhiy Rybalka.
However Slovenia still have a chance of qualifying for the finals, and they are second in Group Two with five wins two draws and two losses, and just 2 points behind Sweden, and they have 17 points from their 9 games.
Tim Krul was like Fabricio, and was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat of Holland in Belgium.
So Fabricio should be all set to lead out Newcastle against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
And England had a 2-1 win in Italy, their first win there since 1997, and who knows we may now even be ranked second the next time the FIFA rankings come out, after number two Germany were beaten by Argentina.
But it’s a good question as to why England are number three at the moment – UEFA need to review how they rank countries.
And hopefully Newcastle will announce shortly that we have signed Vurnon Anita from Ajax, because there’s just no way he could have failed his medical.
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