Newcastle United suffocate PSG at St James' Park (4-1)

Newcastle United FC v Paris Saint-Germain: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Newcastle United FC v Paris Saint-Germain: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

This Wednesday, October 4, PSG visited Newcastle United at St James' Park, on the occasion of the MD2 of the UEFA Champions League. The Parisians arrived in England after drawing 0-0 against Clermont, last ranked in the French championship. On the other hand, the Magpies were coming off a streak of not losing for five consecutive games.

Luis Enrique presented a particular surprise in the starting eleven chosen for this match, betting on four attackers, relegating Vitinha, MVP in the previous Champions League match, to the bench. The English team came out as expected, considering their losses.

PSG starting XI vs. Newcastle: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Skriniar, Hernandez – Zaire-Emery, Ugarte – Dembele, Kolo Muani, Ramos, Mbappe.

Newcastle United starting XI vs. PSG: Pope – Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Burn – Longstaff, Bruno, Tonali – Almiron, Isak, Gordon.

In the first half, the Parisian team was largely overwhelmed by a suffocating high pressure from their British rivals. Just at 17' Miguel Almiron made it 1-0 after a rude defensive error by Marquinhos that ended with a shot by Isak blocked by Donnarumma, and the Paraguayan took advantage of a rebound to put the ball behind the net.

At 39', after multiple movements in the Parisian area and a tremendous carelessness on the part of the French defense, Burn made it 2-0 to increase Luis Enrique's nerves. This is how the first half ended, with the feeling that PSG came out with a high-risk approach, ineffective in the face of rival pressure.

The match ended with a score of 4-1, in favor of the locals. Longstaff scored the third for Newcastle in the 50th minute, and Schar scored the fourth in the 90th minute. The scorer of the Parisian goal was Lucas Hernandez, from a pass from Zaire-Emery (56'). Therefore, PSG lost the status of leader in Group F of the UCL and placed second with three points.