17 mins A
poor Marquinhos clearance was headed by Bruno Guimaraes to Alexander
Isak and his first time shot from inside the box was saved by
Gianluigi Donnarumma. Miguel Almiron coolly converted the
rebound into the Leazes End goal. 1-0
Paris is Burn-ing
39 mins Kieran
Trippier's free kick into the area was sent goalwards by a
combination of Sandro Tonali and an opponent but was clawed away by
Donnarumma. Falling to Bruno on the left of the six yard box he
tried to beat the PSG 'keeper at his near post - receiving the ball
back via Tonali when that was blocked and then picking out Dan
Burn with a perfect cross.
He powered past Milan Skriniar to plant a
header in the net that Donnarumma palmed away from behind the line, only
for a raised offside flag to stifle celebrations. Following a prolonged
VAR check however, Bruno was correctly adjudged not to have been offside
and the goal stood. 2-0
Half time: Magpies 2 PSG 0
Sean Longstaff dashed in
from the right to meet Trippier's measured pass and saw his
first-time effort end up in the Gallowgate End net via the 'keeper's
hand. Replays showed Sean's shot was probably just creeping inside
the far post had Donnarumma not deflected it in.
56 mins A
neat cross from Warren Zaire-Emery allowed Lucas Hernandez to glance a
header past Nick Pope. Another VAR review confirmed he was just onside. 3-1
Schar won the ball deep in PSG's half and swapped passes with Jacob
Murphy before curling a 20 yarder into the top corner of the goal as he
slipped over. Incredible. 4-1
Magpies 4 PSG 1
les garÁons Geordie se foutent de
Eddie Howe et Jason Tindall
"An amazing evening for us.
"So many stories to talk
about within the game itself, but just first and foremost, delighted
for everyone connected with the club. What the supporters gave us
tonight was incredible.
"They are such a good team. We had to defend really well and we
did. I thought, collectively, our sprit and our energy was
"We created the positive
things we had in the first half from really aggressive pressing,
everything that's a hallmark of ours when we play well Then,
second half we had to dig deep and get over the line.
"Iím so pleased with the players for what they gave tonight.
It was a difficult game tactically, PSG try to play from the back,
so we had to unbalance and unsettle them.
"We were man for man at the
back against elite players and they had some moments when they hurt
us in what, I thought, was an even game but our goals came at good
"To score four times against PSG in front of our supporters
made it a really special night.
"I really do respect the
Geordies. Their lifelong associations with the club, they have a
unique understanding of what it means to play for Newcastle. That is
so important for us behind the scenes.
"For Sean and Dan, these
are amazing moments in their careers. But it is also a great lesson
for us not to get ahead of ourselves. We keep going and take nothing
"The atmosphere was very
special, I knew it would be. There was an extra level tonight, I canít
thank the supporters enough. I hope there are a lot more nights like
this to come. It is a very special night for all of us.
"We hope that gives us that
belief we need to be successful. Against Milan there was an element
of us not quite hitting the levels we are capable of, but only by
doing this can you truly prove [you belong at this level]. Hopefully
this goes a long way towards that."
On Jamaal Lascelles:
"I'm so pleased for
Jamaal. He's stepped up really well in the last few games. His
game's in a really good place and I think he proved that
Luis Enrique - part of the
Barcelona side beaten at SJP in 1997 -
"It was a difficult night. I don't think we deserved that kind of
result but they were so effective in the last part of the pitch and
we made some mistakes.
"At that level, it's always difficult to accept that, but when you
make mistakes, you pay for it.
"I think the idea to welcome their pressure worked. We tried to put
in front of their goal the most chances as possible, but we didn't
work so effectively there."
United recorded their biggest victory in the Group Stage of the Champions
League and netted more than three goals in a competitive European fixture
for the seventeenth time in 136 attempts.
There were Champions League debuts for Jamaal Lascelles and Matt
Targett, who became the sixteenth and seventeenth players to be used
by Newcastle this season in the competition.
Miguel Almiron is the first Magpie to net in the CL since Nolberto
Solano in Belgrade in August 2003. That was a qualifier; the last Group
Stage scorer was Alan Shearer in Milan in April 2003. Al was also the last
home CL scorer before tonight - against Bayer Leverkusen in February 2003.
Miggy now has 28 goals for Newcastle in all competitions and has
scored in the PL, FA, LC and CL.
Dan Burn struck his fourth league and cup goal for the club and
matched his best seasonal total as a Magpie, which is two. He's the first
Toon defender to score a CL goal since Andy Griffin versus Juventus at the
same end of SJP back in October 2002.
Sean Longstaff moved on to 10 goals in all competitions with his
second of the season. He has also now scored in the PL, FA, LC and CL as a
Fabian Schar now has 11 goals, tonight his first in any cup
competition. His strike following on from Burn made tonight the first time
that two defenders have found the net in any European tie for Newcastle.
Pope's shutout record ended at 526 minutes in all competitions.
NUFC in the Champions League @ SJP:
1997/98 Croatia Zagreb won 2-1
1997/98 Barcelona won 3-2
1997/98 PSV lost 0-2
1997/98 Dynamo Kiev won 2-0
2002/03 Zeljeznicar won 4-0
2002/03 Feyenoord lost 0-1
2002/03 Juventus won 1-0
2002/03 Dynamo Kiev won 2-1
2002/03 Inter Milan lost 1-4
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1
2002/03 Barcelona lost 0-2
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade lost 0-1 (lost 3-4 pens)
2023/24 PSG won 4-1
This is the seventh occasion that a side from the French league
has played competitively at SJP:
1977/78 Bastia lost 1-2 (UE)
1996/97 Metz won 2-0 (UE)
1996/97 Monaco lost 0-1 (UE)
2001/02 Troyes drew 4-4 (IC)
2003/04 Marseille drew 0-0 (UE)
2012/13 Bordeaux won 3-0 (EU)
2023/24 PSG (h) won 4-1 (CL)
The Magpies are unbeaten in their most recent 15 competitive
European home games, since a 1-2 Intertoto Cup loss to Deportivo La
Coruna in 2005:
2006/07 LillestrÝm drew 1-1 Luque (IC)
2006/07 FK Ventspils drew 0-0 (UE)
2006/07 Levadia Tallinn won 2-1 Martins 2 (UE)
2006/07 Fenerbahce won 1-0 Sibierski (UE)
2006/07 Celta Vigo won 2-1 Sibierski, S.Taylor (UE)
2006/07 Zulte Waregem won 1-0 Martins (UE)
2006/07 Alkmaar won 4-2 OG, Dyer, Martins 2 (UE)
2012/13 Atromitos won 1-0 Vuckic (EU)
2012/13 Bordeaux won 3-0 Ameobi, OG, Cisse (EU)
2012/13 Brugge won 1-0 Obertan (EU)
2012/13 Maritimo drew 1-1 Marveaux (EU)
2012/13 Metalist Kharkiv drew 0-0 (EU)
2012/13 Anji Makhachkala won 1-0 Cisse (EU)
2012/13 Benfica drew 1-1 Cisse (EU)
2023/24 PSG won 4-1 Almiron, Burn, Longstaff, Schar
the words of Eddie Howe, there were so many stories as Champions
League football returned to Tyneside in the most memorable fashion
imaginable on Wednesday night.
An incredible Newcastle performance left PSG
battered, bruised and ultimately well beaten; their star man Kylian Mbappe
largely nullified by a defence including Jamaal Lascelles - a
European debutant in his ninth season at the club, just weeks before
his 30th birthday.
The oft-maligned Miggy Almiron started the party with a second goal
in as many games, before local heroes Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff
struck to follow Alan Shearer into Geordie folklore. And after the
visitors had got one back with a momentary outbreak of precision
passing, an outrageous effort from Fabian Schar sent SJP into orbit.
Like Old Trafford in 1998, the stands were physically moving.
And at the end of it all, there were more cheers before Status Quo
blared out of the speakers and those inside the ground took up the
refrain of "Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall". From
Longbenton to London and Lagos, those unable to be here meanwhile
were quite literally rocking all over the world, as the reigning
French league champions suffered their largest European loss since
Despite Joelinton and Callum Wilson joining Sven Botman and Joe
Willock on the injured list, United set about their task with relish
and pressed as if their lives depended on it. That willingness to
get stuck in resulted in Alexander Isak sporting a bandage in the
style of George Reilly after sustaining a cut head, while there were
full-throttled contributions from Sandro Tonali and Bruno Guimaraes
on a night when man of the match displays abounded.
Mbappe crossed for Ousmane Dembele to volley
narrowly wide early on, but for all their impressive possession
stats and style PSG didn't dominate the tie and were clearly rocked
by falling behind.
Schar then smashed a first time effort agonisingly wide from a
corner before Burn's second left sparked an unprecedented release of
joy, the drama heightened by the delay in giving the goal.
Corporate types were still returning to their seats for the second
half when Longstaff restarted the fun, Lobby's raised arm and finger
celebration an echo of Asprilla's here back in 1997.
Reality threatened to intervene when the visitors quickly got one
back, amid fears that the old Newcastle would resurface and we'd
manage to screw this up. Some solid defensive work though kept
Mbappe & Co. at bay and Pope was well protected - although
causing consternation with a succession of kicks straight into the
East Stand. We even wondered if it was deliberate.
A quite remarkable evening when SJP was rocked by frequent explosions of
Geordie joy reached a crescendo when Schar took aim and curled in a
picture book strike. That finally caused the drum to stop beating in the PSG end, while delighted home followers began waving their
on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund played out a 0-0 draw with AC Milan
in Germany - a result that leaves Newcastle top of Group F. It's all new and wonderful for players and manager alike, who now
Champions League victory under their collective belts in a manner
that defies logic.
terms of the excitement levels generated on one of the greatest
nights of our supporting lives here, only the visit of
Champions League visit of Barcelona in
1997 comes remotely close - and even then, that wasn't quite the
same spectacle as the sea of black and white at kickoff time
Fairs Cup-winning boss Joe Harvey once spoke about this crowd coming
alive for European
football and tonight was a prime
example of that - an awesome sight and sound that was a privilege to
experience and had the desired effect on the opposition. Every
block, tackle and intervention was greeted with roars of approval as
fans leapt to their feet - and the fortress became a bear pit.
From an unremittingly awful defeat at Wolves two years ago to this is some
journey; for Longstaff and Miggy to have
played at Molineux that day and score here tonight frankly beggars
Only time will tell whether results like tonight are glorious
one-offs in the manner of the Howay 5-0 night or the start of
something more meaningful, but don't let anyone tell you that it's all about money.
That team that we all want to try really did succeed tonight. Just
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