Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Azkals' Neil Etheridge plays hero in Cardiff draw with Newcastle

Azkals' Neil Etheridge plays hero in Cardiff draw with Newcastle

With little over half an hour played of his team's first away game of the new Premier League season at Cardiff City, he was robbed of possession as he attempted to spin away from Harry Arter and Víctor Camarasa. Japan striker Yoshinori Muto, a late substitute, won a penalty when his cross struck the hand of home defender Sean Morrison.

Rafa Benitez revealed Kenedy would not have taken Newcastle's controversial injury time penalty against Cardiff had Matt Ritchie still been on the pitch.

Kenedy stepped up for virtually the last kick of the game and had his tame attempt kept out by Etheridge, who also saved Callum Wilson's spot-kick a week earlier during Cardiff's opening-day defeat to Bournemouth.

"Kenedy was the designated penalty taker". 'First it was Matt Ritchie [who came off] but then it was Kenedy.

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'It was a poor penalty, he's not happy he missed a good chance.

'Regarding the penalty miss, I thought it was poetic justice'. We have problems in the right-back positions - too many things went against us. It's a pity with 10 players - you can't complain about the workrate.

"We had problems at the beginning, but we still had two clear chances".

Effectively, United would only lose Kenedy for the final game against the Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium, a fixture few would expect them to take anything from.

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