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Season 2023-24
PSG (France) (a) Champions League Group Match 5


Tuesday 28th November 2023, 8pm GMT (9pm CET)
Live on TNT Sports

 Parc des Princes, Paris

Conditions: Odorous

Tickets: £62 for both upper and lower sections (no concessions)

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24 mins: A fabulous run by Livramento left a host of home players trailing in his wake as he charged forward from the left and headed infield. The ball arrived at Almiron on the edge of the box and when his shot was spilled by Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alexander Isak fired into the net. 1-0

Half time: PSG 0 Newcastle 1

90+8 mins: An Ousmane Dembele cross hit Tino Livramento on the torso and was then deflected on to the back of his arm. The match referee waved away furious protests from home players and even booked one of them before a belated invitation was issued for him to look at the pitchside monitor.

He duly concurred with the VAR "suggestion" and changed his decision to award a penalty. Kylian Mbabbe stepped up and slightly miscued his attempt but sent it down the middle of the goal and over Nick Pope. 1-1

Full time:
PSG 1 Newcastle 1

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"You summed it up better than I could because I'm not allowed to....I share every thought that you have.
I'm still coming to terms with it. I feel really flat but so pleased with what the players gave; their commitment - everything. 

"We ran out of luck in the end because I didn't think that was a penalty. It's not a penalty when it hits his chest first and then hits his hand, which is low. His hand is not in an unnatural position. He is running and they are in a running motion. 

"It wasn't the right decision; there are so many things to take into account, the speed first. It was a ricochet, that, when it is slowed down, looks completely different to the live event. The ball hits his chest first, comes up and hits his hand. His hand is not in an unnatural position, it is a running motion, it is a poor decision.

"I think it's a poor decision and it's hugely frustrating for us, but we’re still in it. We can’t forget that. We still believe. It looked like we had got there. Full credit to the players. As much as this is a huge deflating feeling, it could be another story in our season.

"I have to control myself, that is my job and it doesn’t do any good to lose control of your emotions when I speak but I’m just devastated for the players. 

"The way they performed in very difficult circumstances and what that decision does to the group. Our destiny is not in our own hands now and that is tough to take after being in that position.

”It looked like we'd got there. With our situation, they were always going to have chances, but full credit to the players for what they gave. 

"Despite huge numbers of quality players not being here, the group stepped up and gave more, we've shown a spirit of togetherness and a willingness to fight for each other than is as good as I've ever seen.

"We're still in it, and that's the thing we can't forget. We still believe. We go to St James' Park against a very good Milan team, and anything can happen in the other game."

They Said


Luis Enrique said:

"Very proud. I think we deserved to win, we created a lot of clear chances and, at times, it was difficult to get the ball in. 

The most important thing is to focus on ourselves. If we win, we’re going to finish first, but even if we lose, we can go through to the next phase. It’s so complicated, but I hope we can make it easier by winning against Dortmund.

It's football, not basketball. We are one of the teams that score the most in Europe but tonight it didn't want to happen. I want to highlight the match of my players and the supporters who never gave up on us. The objective is to qualify and finish first.

"I am very happy with his (Mbappe's) behaviour and the attitude of our players in general. When the ball doesn't want to go in, it's hard. We were behind for a long time. I am very happy with my players' ability to maintain the level and not get frustrated.

"In this group, even if we lost, we could still move on to Dortmund. We are still masters of our destiny in this competition. It’s the Champions League, we all know the level of Newcastle. We played a whole match. The crowd was superb. 

"We had at least 15 shots on goal with at least 4 big chances. We finally scored from the penalty spot in added time. It is the most important. And if we win the next match, we will be first


Group F results/fixtures:

19.09.2023 AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle
PSG 2-0 Dortmund
Dortmund 0-0 AC Milan
Newcastle 4-1 PSG
Newcastle 0-1 Dortmund
PSG 3-0 AC Milan
Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle
07.11 2023
AC Milan 2-1 PSG
AC Milan 1-3 Dortmund
28.11.2023 PSG 1-1 Newcastle
13.12.2023 Dortmund v PSG
13.12.2023 Newcastle v AC Milan

The top two teams advance to the Champions League Round of 16, the third-placed team qualifies for the Europa League Knockout Round play-off and the fourth-placed team is eliminated.

Five alive - NUFC after five CL group games:

1997/98 4 points, GD -3 (scored 5, conceded 8)
2002/03 6 points, GD -3 (scored 3, conceded 6)
2023/24 5 points, GD 0 (scored 5, conceded 5)

NUFC in the Champions League away from SJP:

1997/98 Croatia Zagreb (a) drew 2-2
1997/98 Dynamo Kiev (a) drew 2-2
1997/98 PSV (a) lost 0-1
1997/98 Barcelona (a) lost 0-1
2002/03 Zeljeznicar (a) won 1-0
2002/03 Dynamo Kiev (a) lost 0-2
2002/03 Juventus (a) lost 0-2
2002/03 Feyenoord (a) won 3-2
2002/03 Barcelona (a) lost 1-3
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen (a) won 3-1
2002/03 Inter Milan (a) drew 2-2
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade (a) won 1-0
2023/24 AC Milan (a) drew 0-0
2023/24 Borussia Dortmund (a) lost 0-2
2023/24 PSG (a) drew 1-1

Magpies @ French League sides:

Bastia lost 1-2 Cannell (UE)
1996/97 Metz drew 1-1 Beardsley (UE)
1996/97 Monaco lost 0-3 (UE)
2001/02 Troyes drew 0-0 (IT)
2003/04 Marseille lost 0-2 (UE)
2004/05 Sochaux won 4-0 Bowyer, Ameobi, Bellamy, Robert (UE)
2012/13 Bordeaux lost 0-2 (UE)
2023/24 PSG drew 1-1 Isak (CL)

Although unusual, for Newcastle to complete a European fixture without making a substitution isn't unique. The most recent example of that before tonight was a 0-0 home draw with Ventspils in the UEFA Cup during August 2006. In Champions League terms only, an unchanged XI began and completed the 0-2 home loss to PSV Eindhoven in November 1997.  



Newcastle fans were warned about pre-match pickpockets in the area surrounding the Parc Des Princes but it was a robbery inside the stadium deep into added time that left black and white followers bereft on Tuesday night.

Deep into a highly dubious eight minutes of second half added time, the most disgraceful penalty award against Tino Livramento was prompted by VAR and rubber-stamped by match referee Szymon Marciniak - despite the ball clearly hitting the Magpie defender's chest before flicking his arm. 

An event never given as a spot-kick in the Premier League and in clear conflict with UEFA's published guidance went the way of the hosts; the 2022 World Cup Final referee given one slowmo and one still image to base his decision on with no passage of play, no rock back and forward and the time spent in front of the pitchside monitor amounting to barely ten seconds. Window dressing, quite simply.

The VAR collaborator was subsequently removed from Champions League duty the following evening - a tacit admission of guilt by his employers, but of no solace whatsoever to the Magpies. 

The reward for one of the greatest battling, rearguard displays on record was to be cheated out of earning three deserved points - the visitors barely able to stand by the final whistle after playing through with no substitutions, rather than resort to a part-filled bench of goalies and green horns.

Eleven Magpie heroes gave their all for the 100+ minutes only to be denied by a decision that would have had Mikel Arteta in absolute apoplexy. Eddie Howe somehow kept his dignity in post-match interviews but was obviously seething. 

Alongside an absence of TV tantrums from the manager, there was no statement from his employers over a decision favouring one Qatari-owned, UEFA-favoured club and potentially costing one Saudi-backed club millions in terms of the revenue and exposure uplift prompted by qualification for the last 16. The stakes are a bit higher than when Trelford Mills and Uriah Rennie were at it.... 

Despite the fury of the final few minutes - somehow eight were added on by the officials - what preceded it was staggering; Nick Pope making world class stops, the defence putting everything on the line, midfield working tirelessly and a clearly not fully fit Alexander Isak tucking away his chance.

Lewis Miley and Tino Livramento were stylish and assured (the latter at left back), captain Jamaal Lascelles was a rock, Fabian Schar blocked and tackled and Kieran Trippier was simply superb.

Joelinton was a colossus, Anthony Gordon hassled and harried and Miggy Almiron ran his heart out chasing down the opposition and drawing fouls to give his side much-needed breathers.

And last but not least was the man in the middle - Bruno Guimaraes - who pulled the strings and kept his head under severe provocation.

An outstanding collective display was all the more worthy by the fact that just eight of the 14 players on duty for the 4-1 home win over PSG featured tonight. That already seems a lifetime ago; Tonali now suspended, goalscorers Burn and Longstaff and all three substitutes used - Anderson, Murphy and Targett crocked. It's more medicine sans frontieres then jeux sans frontieres.....

The hosts attacked from the first whistle and put United under severe pressure but poor finishing, heroic defending and some stunning saves prevented the free-scoring French from finding the net; Mbappe's needless flick in front of goal early on the pick of them - hit it properly and it's 1-0.

At the other end meanwhile Alexander Isak shaved the bar before converting in the 24th minute, followed a fabulous run by Livramento that alowed Almiron to shoot from the right hand side of the box. His shot was spilled by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Isak was on hand to fire into the net.

Adding to the later penalty injustice, Isak was denied the chance to double the lead two minutes before the break when Milan Skriniar fell on the ball and scooped it back with his hand when our man would have been through on goal.

Where was VAR to scrutinise that blatant handball and advise Marciniak to give a red card?

The second period was exhausting for the team and fans who headed every clearance and booted every interception as PSG swarmed forward. Just when every ounce of energy had been expended in keeping out the hosts though, it was the officials who finally buckled - having earlier reviewed and dismissed a hopeful appeal for an alleged foul in his own box by Gordon. 

Dortmund's 3-1 win in Milan on Tuesday leaves United with a chance of advancement in this competition if they can beat the Italians at Gallowgate and PSG fail to win in Germany. 

Stranger things have happened.

Regardless of that, avoiding defeat on Tyneside in two weeks time would guarantee that Newcastle's European adventure continues into 2024, goal difference and head to head with Milan certain to keep us above them. Another performance like tonight with a different set of officials would go a long way to ensuring the dream stays alive - regardless of the bigger picture, or domestic priorities. We bust a gut to get back into this bloody thing, let's keep the party going a while longer.

To be disappointed at drawing here may seem like we have ideas above our station - it was anything but. This was so close to being the night of all nights, perhaps even eclipsing Feyenoord - but it's not over yet. 

"Les supporters de Newcastle n'exigent pas une
équipe qui gagne, juste un club qui essaie...."


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