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Newcastle United 0-1 Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Dortmund clinch huge win on stormy St James’ night

Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund, a statement game in the “Group of Death”. A Newcastle win would likely secure them a knockout place in at least the Europa League, while a defeat to Dortmund would spell disaster. With Newcastle riding high on good form, and that 4-1 victory against PSG, could Dortmund turn their European form around and spoil the party atmosphere?

Newcastle United 0-1 Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund tame the storm

The halfway point of the Champions League fixtures and it was both sides that came flying out the traps. Pope was forced into three early saves, while Gordon was able to force a save on the other side. One early worry for Newcastle came when Isak had to come off with just 10 minutes on the clock. A brilliant counterattack from Dortmund saw them head into the break with a lead. It’s been threatened all first half, but Dortmund got their reward.

The second half was a much slower affair, with Newcastle struggling to break down a very experienced Dortmund side. With the threat of the counter always on, Dortmund were willing to sit deeper and soak up attacks in front of them.

Newcastle had a huge chance to score late on, when Targett dropped a freekick onto the head of Wilson, who was denied by the crossbar.

With just seconds on the clock, Newcastle cracked the crossbar on a night when it just never looked like it was not their night despite a flurry of late corners.

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Newcastle United player Ratings:

Pope 7/10 – Made crucial early saves

Trippier 6/10 – Was solid in attack but his set pieces were not up to his normal standard

Lascelles 6/10 – Despite conceding he had a solid game

Schar 7/10 – Constantly wanted to get Newcastle forward

Burn 6/10 – Struggled against a quality Dortmund attack

Guimaraes 7/10 – Looked comfortable in midfield, but lacked support

Longstaff 6/10 – Wasn’t able to get into the game enough

Joelinton 5/10 – Looked out of place on his Champions League debut

Almiron 6/10 – Looked good early but wasn’t clinical enough

Gordon 7/10 – Was a constant positive in attack for Newcastle and could have won it late on

Isak N/A/10 – Went off too early


Wilson 6/10 – Had a big chance at 0-1 to draw level

Tonali 7/10 – Looked good when he came on, for what is likely his last game for a long time

Murphy N/A/10 – Went off 3 minutes after coming on with a shoulder injury

Willock 6/10 – Looked like a player who hasn’t played in 4 months

Targett 7/10 – His late freekick should have ended in a goal off Wilson’s head but he improved on Burn on the Newcastle left

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Borussia Dortmund Player ratings:

Kobel 7/10 – Made a number of massive saves at 0-0 and 0-1

Wolf 7/10 – Solid at full-back

Hummels 7/10 – Was a rock at the back for Dortmund

Schlotterbeck 8/10 – His tackle set up the opening goal

Bensebaïni 7/10 – Kept Trippier and Almiron quiet

Sabitzer 7/10 – Was solid in midfield all game

Can 7/10 – Looked solid before heading off with injury

Nmecha 8/10 – Took his goal well

Malen 7/10 – Had the better of Burn and caused problems

Füllkrug 6/10 – Was fairly quiet for most of the game

Reus 7/10 – Showed his experience


Özcanat 6/10 – Did well when replacing Can

Adeyemi 6/10 – Full of pace

Sule 6/10 – Came on late

Haller 6/10 – Came on late

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Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings – Player of the match


Was not only solid in defence, but his tackle led to the opening goal for Dortmund. With Newcastle pushing for a goal constantly from that point, he was a rock throughout. Kept his shape well alongside Hummels at the heart of the Dortmund defence.

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