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Although 20 years is a long time to wait for UEFA Champions League football to return to a footballing hotbed like St James’ Park, tonight’s game made it all worthwhile. This is reflected in no uncertain terms by our Newcastle United vs PSG player ratings.
Newcastle 4-1 PSG: Goals galore
Following a 0-0 draw against Milan on matchday one, Newcastle’s first home game at Europe’s top table for a generation saw a dream start, as Miguel Almiron opened the scoring after a huge PSG mistake.
And far from seeing Newcastle hold onto what they had, the home faithful roared on Dan Burn as he towered above Skriniar to make it 2-0.
There were no changes at half-time, and Newcastle came out firing once agian. This time, it was Sean Longstaff who fired home the third, before Hernández was on hand to slot home for PSG shortly after.
With five minutes left, Fabian Schar unleashed a thunderbolt of a goal to secure an historic win
Newcastle United player Ratings:
Pope 7/10 – Looked comfortable when called upon, was beaten by a moment of brilliance from Hernández.
Trippier 8/10 – As always, was a model professional, and was able to blunt Mbappe all game.
Lascelles 8/10 – All the talk was about how Newcastle would miss Botman, but Lascelles was up to the task.
Schar 9/10 – Sometimes a little too calm on the ball, Schar flourished once again. Probably scored one of the best goals of the tournament.
Burn 10/10 – Mocked relentlessly before, Burn shut his critics up in style.
Guimaraes 7/10 – Once again looked at his best in midfield, though was lucky to stay on the pitch after a silly tackle late in the first half.
Longstaff 9/10 – Got Newcastle’s third goal early in the second half.
Tonali 7/10 – A good composed performance from the Italian who continues to grow into this Newcastle side.
Almiron 9/10 – Wrote himself into Newcastle history by opening the scoring.
Gordon 8/10 – Full of running all game, and put Hakimi into an early yellow card.
Isak 7/10 – His saved shot forced the ball into the path of Almiron to open the scoring. A head injury in the first half looked to stunt his attacking play.
Anderson 6/10 – Filled in well for Tonali and was full of running on the left side of the Newcastle attack
Murphy 6/10 – Another lad relishing this appearance for his boyhood club. Ran around a lot, but little else.
Targett N/A – Came on too late
PSG player Ratings:
Donnarumma 6/10 – Made some wonderful saves, but was at fault for Newcastle’s third goal.
Hakimi 6/10 – Was a danger man going forward, but an early yellow blunted his defensive output.
Marquinhos 5/10 – While a key man for PSG normally, the occasion got to him.
Skriniar 5/10 – Couldn’t stand up to Dan Burn for the second goal.
Hernandez 7/10 – Took his chance perfectly to make it 3-1
Ugarte 6/10 – Had an ok game, but struggled to control the midfield a man light
Zaire-Emery 6/10 – Much talk before the game, but Emery was one of the better players for PSG
Dembele 7/10 – Looked dangerous whenever he went forward, and was always a bright spark
Muani 6/10 – Was the quietest of the four quiet PSG attackers before going off
Ramos 6/10 – Was the only PSG attacker who looked to drop back into midfield to help out
Mbappe 5/10 – A game he won’t forget, sadly, for the wrong reasons.
VItinha 6/10 – Forced into taking long shot late on
Barcola 6/10 – Was the best of the PSG subs
Newcastle United vs PSG player ratings – Player of the match
When Newcastle last played in Europe, Burn had just been released from the Newcastle young player program. 21 years later, and Burn was scoring at St. James’ Park in the Champions League against PSG. Mocked online by rival fans that he’d be defending against PSG, but stood up and made himself count. “Hang it in the Louvre”.
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