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Emily Wilson·28 November 2023

🇪🇺 Newcastle denied famous PSG win; BVB, Barcelona & Atleti qualify

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Cue the anthem… the Champions League returned on Tuesday!

Here is what went down across Europe as teams eyed spots in the Round of 16.

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Crazy drama as Newcastle hold PSG

Scorer: Mbappé 90+7′; Isak 24′

The big match of the day saw Newcastle enter the Parc des Princes with a target on their back but the Magpies pulled off another stunning result against Paris Saint-Germain – though it could’ve been much more.

The hosts struggled to get up and running against their injury-ridden opponents, which allowed the visitors to make the most of their first opportunity when it arrived.

Tino Livramento danced past a staggering eight PSG players, switched the ball to Miguel Almiron, and while Gianluigi Donnraumma saved the Paraguayan’s shot, Alexander Isak poked home the rebound.

The second half was then PSG, but the organized visitors appeared well up for the challenge. Bradley Barcola somehow missed two opportunities for an equaliser from point-blank range before drama ensued.

Anthony Gordon appeared to concede a penalty, and despite PSG shouts, VAR said no. Minutes later, 17-year-old Lewis Miley then handled the ball in the box but the appeals again fell short.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope then remained at the top of his game to deny shot after shot, but a late, late, penalty from Kylian Mbappé after a controversial Livramento handball was too much in the dying moments.

Borussia Dortmund sit first, PSG second, Newcastle third and Milan fourth. All eye on Matchday six now!

BVB reach knockouts

Scorer: Chukwueze 37′; Reus 10′ (P), Bynoe-Gittens 59′, Adeyemi 71′

The other half of the ‘Group of Death’ saw Borussia Dortmund make the trip to Milan an easy visit as they qualified for the next round.

It was a lively start to the match with two early penalties. The first saw Olivier Giroud denied by Gregor Kobel before Marco Reus opened the scoring at the other end minutes later.

The hosts then erased the ghosts surrounding their penalty miss as Samuel Chukwueze rose to the occasion in Rafael Leão’s absence for the equaliser and his first Milan goal thanks to a slight deflection.

Dortmund, however, later came out into the second half again the better side.

They took the lead for the second time in the match when 19-year-old Jamie Bynoe-Gittens finished into the bottom corner before Karim Adeyemi added an eventual third. Milan manager Stefano Pioli will no doubt feel the heat now.

Looking at the group, Borussia Dortmund sit first, PSG second, Newcastle third and Milan fourth.

Barcelona survive scare to qualify

Scorers: Cancelo 32′, Félix 57′; Pepê 30′

An earlier win from Shakhtar put the pressure on Barcelona, but Xavi’s men rose to the occasion to qualify for the Round of 16 for the first time since 2021.

The hosts controlled the opening half of the game, but it was the visitors who struck first – though it didn’t last for long.

Porto hit on the break and Pepê smashed a loose ball home beyond goalkeeper Iñaki Peña Sotorres from a tight angle.

Yet a staggering 116 seconds later, summer-signing João Cancelo equalised with a stunning solo run into the box and found the far right corner.

Something must have been said at half-time too, as a second summer signing named João then turned it all around for the hosts. Ironically, Félix’s goal was assisted by the aforementioned João.

And despite Porto threatening for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes, Barcelona held on to reach the knockout rounds.

Looking at the group, Barcelona sit first, three points above Porto and Shakhtar, who are level with nine.

Man City comeback claims top spot

Scorer: Haaland 54′, Foden 70′, Alvarez 87′; Openda 13′, 33′

Pep Guardiola’s men needed a strong second-half performance to come from behind and claim top spot in their group over RB Leipzig.

The Bundesliga side grabbed an early lead when go-to attacker Loïs Openda beat goalkeeper Stefan Ortega with a slow roller after besting Rodri to the ball.

He then went on to pile misery on the treble winners by securing a brace near the half-hour mark before shushing the crowd.

After the break, Erling Haaland had his say and pulled one back after Julian Alvarez made an instant impact off the bench in the build-up. It’s the 40th competition goal for the Norwegian striker.

Phil Foden then put Guardiola’s side back in the driver’s seat with a composed turn and finish from inside the box before Alvarez found a late winner to arguably win Man of the Match honours.

Atleti qualify after Feyenoord errors

Scorer: Wieffer 77′; Geertruida 14′ (OG), Hermoso 57′, Giménez 81′ (OG)

Feyenoord only have themselves to blame after mistakes allowed Atlético de Madrid (and Lazio) to reach the Round of 16.

The visitors had high-flying duo Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata for the hosts to be wary of. Yet they didn’t need to have a say in the opener when Lutsharel Geertruida chested the ball into his own net.

Diego Simeone’s side eventually put one in the back of the net themselves after the break when Mario Hermoso received a ball over the top and scored an overhead kick to pile misery on Feyenoord.

Mats Wieffer scored a late goal for the hosts to suggest a potential comeback, but in the blink of an eye a second own-goal of the night, this time from Santiago Giménez, dashed their dreams.

Looking at the group Atleti sit top, one point above Lazio, and Feyenoord finished third.

Young Boys into UEL

Scorer: Nedeljković 8′ (OG), Bum 29′

Young Boys qualified for the Europa League knockout round play-offs after an easy win over Crvena zvezda.

The hosts took the lead thanks to a bit of luck when Kosta Nedeljković forced the ball into his own net.

And a 22-year-old Lewin Blum eventually doubled the lead to seal the victory after the break.

Earlier results…

Immobile keeps Lazio alive as Celtic out of Europe

Scorer: Immobile 82′, 85′

Lazio’s main man made a big point to manager Maurizio Sarri after some late heroics against Celtic.

The Italian side threatened in the opening moments via Luis Alberto and Felipe Anderson (10 attempts total) but failed to make any of them count. Goalkeeper Joe Hart was particularly well-alert in the first half.

At the other end, Kyogo was the liveliest for the visitors yet struggled to find his touch. His frustrating night was summed up when his shot from inside the box trickled wide of the post minutes after the restart.

Things remained cagey in the second half, and it was Lazio who continued to threaten for the breakthrough yet the visiting defence kept them tame.

That was until Ciro Immobile (who was controversially left out of the starting lineup) had his say.

He acrobatically put the Italian side ahead when one-on-one against Hart before cutting up Celtic’s tired backline minutes later for a brace.

Shakhtar Donetsk to battle for qualification

Scorer: Matviyenko 12′

Shakhtar Donetsk will face Porto for second place in the group after beating Antwerp.

The Ukrainian side took control early on and deservingly opened the scoring after a diving header from Mykola Matviyenko. It was his fourth goal of the season and first in the competition.

They could have doubled their lead, too, but Newerton and Heorhiy Sudakov both had their heads in their hands after missing from point-blank range, while Taras Stepanenko had a long-range effort hit the woodwork in the second half.

Antwerp were not necessarily out of the match and dominated possession of the ball away from home but just couldn’t find any luck for a potential equaliser. Captain Toby Alderweireld notably missed two attempts deep into stoppage time.

And we’ll have all of Wednesday’s action for you too!