Newcastle’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages
Newcastle’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League were dented as they fell to defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
As the Germans completed a Group F double over their English opponents, Niclas Fullkrug opened the scoring for the hosts midway through the first half and Julian Brandt added a second after the break.
Despite the midfielder’s best efforts, Joelinton headed Tino Livramento’s cross wide from five yards out just after the break.
Despite Dortmund’s control of much of the first period, Newcastle’s attempt was a rare sight at goal for the Brazil international.
It was the hosts who had the better opportunities, despite an improved second-half performance from the injury-hit visitors.
Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s manager, said, “We weren’t at our best today.” “We didn’t play with the intensity and quality we normally do.”
From our perspective, Joelinton’s header is probably the key moment in the game. He would back himself to score it if it came in again.”
The game also underwent a short stoppage after the interval as fake golden bars and other objects were thrown onto the pitch from the ‘Yellow Wall’, a protest against Uefa’s proposed Champions League reforms, with one banner reading “You don’t care about the sport – all you care about is money”.
After drawing away at AC Milan, Newcastle thrashed Paris St. Germain on Tyneside to start their return to Europe’s top competition.
After AC Milan defeated Paris Saint-Germain later on Tuesday, Newcastle, now bottom of the group, would not be able to advance.