Newcastle United – AC Milan: Toons’ Travels Conclude (1-2)
Time out of the limelight has not frightened Newcastle United in this group stage phase. In an attempt to carry on their expedition in the Champions League, this game was an adventure in its own right. Emotions oscillated from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows as the hosts would learn the hard way about the close calls that can define the contests on the continent.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
The four contestants in the Group of Death have not fought their best fight. Nevertheless, this war has sapped the life out of several camps heading into the final furlong, where futures were still uncertain.
Newcastle United have stretched their squad to the limit. The drain on domestic efforts in the Premier League has developed hand in hand with a Champions League campaign gone awry. A double defeat against Borussia Dortmund dealt a dagger, and the grave injustice of a 1-1 draw at the death away at PSG pushes them to the brink of a short stint in the top tier of continental competition. It is a night for the might of myths: the club now calls on the clamor of St. James' Park to overwhelm their opponent . . .