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United Nations: A round-up of Newcastle's players in action for their countries over weekend

Written by Dan King

Several Newcastle United players were in action for their countries over the weekend.

Christian Atsu scored for Ghana on Friday, in a friendly game against Ghanaian club side Asante Kotoko. The game was hastily arranged after Sierra Leone - who were due to face the Black Stars in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - were suspended by FIFA.

Atsu, who started the game, scored in the 55th minute at the Baba Yara sports stadium in Kumasi.

Meanwhile, Ki Sung-yueng played for 85 minutes as South Korea beat Uruguay for the first time. The Newcastle midfielder was replaced by Hwang In-beom for the final five minutes of the friendly in Seoul.

Fabian Schär started and finished the game in the centre of defence as Switzerland lost 2-1 to Belgium in a UEFA Nations League clash in Brussels.

On Saturday, Martin Dúbravka was in goal for Slovakia as they took on Czech Republic in Trnava in the Nations League. He made a fantastic save to deny Matej Vydra in the first half but was beaten twice, either side of Marek Hamsik's goal on his 108th international appearance.

Ciaran Clark was an unused substitute for Republic of Ireland as they drew 0-0 with Denmark in Dublin, while goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen watched from the bench as Finland's under-19s lost 3-0 to their Italian counterparts. 

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