Three Newcastle players – Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul played the whole game for Italy, France and Holland respectively tonight in the International friendlies, and Moussa Sissoko played for 80 minutes as France were beaten 2-1 by Germany at the Stade de France.
Davide Santon – 8th full cap for Italy tonight
Holland had dominated most of the game, with Newcastle team mates Tim Krul and Davide Santon playing the whole game on opposite sides, and the Ditch had gone ahead on 30 minutes through Jeremain Lens, but Italy equalized in injury time through Verratti to get a 1-1 draw – and Tim was robbed of a clean sheet.
France were beaten 2-1 by Germany for the first time since 1987 although Yohan Cabaye, who played the whole game for his country, almost equalized for France with the last kick of the game, at the Stade de France.
France had gone ahead through a goal from Valbuena just before the break – but second half goals from Mueller and Khedira gave the Germans a good victory – but how come there was no Blaydon Races sang in Paris tonight?
Fabricio Coloccini was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 3-2 win in Sweden, and England did very well in beating Brazil 2-1 at Wembley, with good goals from Wayne Rooney (27 mins) and Frank Lampard (60 mins).
But the England defense gifted Brazil their goal through Fred early in the second half after 48 mins, and that was the first time England have beaten Brazil since 1990 when we won 1-0 with a goal from who else – Gary Linekar – and of course Bobby Robson was the England manager.
But Brazil looked anything but good, and there must be some worried people in Brazil, because of the side’s poor form with the World Cup in Brazil a short seventeen months away, and Brazil are at their lowest FIFA ranking ever – 18th with England ranked 6th.
As far as we know all Newcastle players came through their games unscathed but some may be a little tired for the tough game at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon – although Tottenham also had several of their players in action tonight.
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