Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund: Felix Nmecha’s goal inflicts first Champions League defeat of season for Toon | Football News

Newcastle Suffer First Champions League Defeat at Home to Borussia Dortmund

Newcastle’s undefeated run in the Champions League came to an end as they were defeated by Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park. Felix Nmecha’s goal just before half-time proved to be the winner for the German side. Despite late attempts by Callum Wilson and Anthony Gordon hitting the bar, Newcastle were unable to find an equalizer. The defeat sees Newcastle slip to third place in Group F, behind Dortmund and group leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe acknowledged that his team was taught a lesson in the fine margins of the Champions League by Dortmund. The defeat came after a convincing victory over PSG in their previous European match. Howe praised his players for their effort and acknowledged the tight competition in their group.

Wilson, who replaced the injured Alexander Isak early in the match, missed a golden opportunity to level the score in the second half. Newcastle also hit the woodwork twice in the closing stages of the game. Howe admitted that it was a disappointing result but praised his team’s resilience and attacking threat.

Newcastle now faces challenging away games against Dortmund and PSG in their next Champions League fixtures. The Magpies will need to be at their best to secure qualification to the knockout stages.

In a rain-soaked St James’ Park, both teams had chances to take the lead early in the game. Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and his counterpart Gregor Kobel made several important saves to keep the score level. Just before half-time, Dortmund took advantage of a defensive error to score the decisive goal through Nmecha.

In the second half, Wilson missed a chance to equalize, with Kobel making another impressive save. Substitute Sandro Tonali made an appearance amid speculation of a potential ban for breaking betting rules. Fellow substitute Jacob Murphy was forced off with a shoulder injury shortly after coming on. Despite Newcastle’s efforts, they were unable to find the equalizer, hitting the bar twice in the closing stages of the game.

Howe admitted that injuries were the biggest blow from the defeat, with Isak and Murphy both suffering injuries. He expressed disappointment but remained focused on the upcoming important fixtures.

Dortmund manager Edin Terzic was pleased with the result and praised his team’s performance in the first half. He acknowledged the tough competition in the group and emphasized that everything is still open.


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