Newcastle United player ratings: ‘Woeful’ 5/10 & ‘costly’ 6/10 in 2-0 Borussia Dortmund defeat
Newcastle United hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage hang in the balance after losing 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund.
Eddie Howe sprung a surprise when naming his starting XI. Lewis Hall and Tino Livramento were handed Champions League debuts, while Joe Willock returned with the injured Dan Burn, Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almiron making way.
United had just begun to settle at the Signal Iduna Park when the hosts took the lead in the 26th minute through Niklas Fulkrug’s close-range strike.
And it was a similar story after the break. Newcastle threatened an equaliser but Dortmund added a killer second from a counter-attack that Julian Brandt capped off.
The defeat leaves Newcastle three points behind Dortmund heading into the final two Group F matches away to Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan at St James’ Park.
Former Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini called his five years at Shandong Taishan "among the best of my life" as he bid an emotional farewell to China.Fellaini, who spent six years at Manchester United before leaving for China in early 2019, added: "I am also so glad and honoured to have discovered China and its amazing culture.
Manchester United have scored nine goals in three Champions League away matches, and not won any of them. That is more than Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Inter Milan, Real Sociedad and PSV Eindhoven, all of whom have already qualified for the knockout stages, have each scored in five games in the competition this term.
Owen Farrell decided to step back from England duties to protect his and his family’s mental health after the pressure of international captaincy, including being booed by his own fans, became overbearing.