Newcastle United – Borussia Dortmund: Schwarzgelben Shake Up The Standings (0-1)

Newcastle United's remarkable rise in the last two years has readied them for a challenge that many deemed a bridge too far. However, safe passage will take a little longer than one could have hoped as their opponents would capitalize on a bad day at the office to come out on top.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

From the pool many had billed as this year's Group of Death, this meeting paired two clubs whose form befitted the ownership of that title. Where would both sit at the midway mark of this phase?

Bound to Bundesliga barrenness, Borussia Dortmund have battled back from the despair of their final day demise in May. Indeed, two draws in their first three league fixtures reflected a ropey start to the season. However, five wins from the five matches that have followed render them the most in-form outfit in Germany. It was imperative to replicate that progress and add to their lone point in Europe.

Newcastle United have looked even more emphatic in the last month. Losses to Manchester City, Liverpool, and Brighton & Hove Albion tainted their record in . . .

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