Newcastle United's Dream Homecoming UCL 2023-24 Triumph 4-1 Over PSG

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Newcastle United’s Dream Homecoming: UCL 2023-24 Triumph 4-1 Over PSG

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Newcastle’s Remarkable Champions League Return: PSG Humiliated 4-1

In a sensational return to the Champions League at St James’ Park, Newcastle United stunned Paris Saint-Germain with a resounding 4-1 victory.

Goals from Miguel Almiron, Dan Burn, Sean Longstaff, and Fabian Schar marked Newcastle’s triumphant homecoming to Europe’s elite competition after a 20-year absence.

Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, expressed hope that this win would instill the belief needed for success in the competition, emphasizing that proving themselves on the field was crucial.

This victory propelled Newcastle to the top of what’s considered the toughest group in this season’s Champions League draw, with four points from their first two Group F matches, one more than PSG. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan played to a 0-0 draw in Germany.

The match, a first-ever clash between the clubs, symbolized the contrasting interests of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with Saudi investment transforming Newcastle’s fortunes similarly to how Middle Eastern capital has propelled PSG to dominance in French football.

PSG’s manager, Luis Enrique, acknowledged the challenge Newcastle posed and defended his selection of a star-studded front four, including Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Goncalo Ramos, and Randal Kolo Muani.

Despite PSG’s awareness of Newcastle’s threat, the home side, buoyed by 52,000 passionate fans, took control of the game and never let go.

PSG was architects of their own downfall when a slack pass by Marquinhos led to Bruno Guimaraes intercepting and providing Alexander Isak with a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Gianluigi Donnarumma made an initial save, but Miguel Almiron capitalized, curling the ball into the far corner to open the scoring.

A fairy tale moment unfolded as Dan Burn, who grew up watching Newcastle from the St James’ stands, scored the second goal. Despite PSG’s objections and a VAR review, the goal stood, with Burn’s header crossing the line.

Any hopes of a PSG comeback were dashed within five minutes of the second half when Sean Longstaff raced onto Kieran Trippier’s pass to slot a low shot past Donnarumma.

While PSG managed to pull one back through Lucas Hernandez, Newcastle sealed their historic win with Fabian Schar’s thunderous long-range strike.

The victory highlighted the vast gap between PSG and the competition favorites in their quest to conquer Europe. PSG, off to their worst Ligue 1 start in the Qatari era, have won just four of Luis Enrique’s first nine games in charge.

Reference:

https://africa.espn.com/football/report/_/gameId/687563

https://theathletic.com/live-blogs/newcastle-psg-live-updates-champions-league-score-result/vQpZPTsbuWA6/

https://www.marca.com/en/football/champions-league/cronica/2023/10/04/651dc676e2704e9a858b45da.html

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