Newcastle United fell to a second straight Champions League defeat after they had been comfortably overwhelmed 2-0 by a robust Borussia Dortmund aspect on Tuesday night.
Dortmund went into half-time with a much-deserved lead, holding a one-goal benefit because of Niclas Fullkrug’s effort simply earlier than the half-hour mark. The stocky German coolly redirected Marcel Sabitzer’s cross past Nick Pope, with Newcastle unable to discover a first-half response.
Newcastle huffed and puffed within the second half however hardly ever examined Dortmund, who doubled their benefit via the great Julian Brandt with ten minutes remaining.
It might be a devastating defeat for the guests who at the moment are in severe hazard of not qualifying for the knockout levels.
How the sport unfolded
Newcastle‘s injury-hit squad compelled Eddie Howe into an unorthodox beginning lineup with Tino Livramento beginning on the fitting wing and Joelinton taking residence on the alternative flank. It was a setup that prompt the Magpies had travelled to Germany to comprise their hosts, denying them the type of house that they had loved at St James’ Park two weeks in the past.
One man Newcastle struggled to stifle within the opening exchanges was Brandt, the dancing ft of the German inflicting the guests points. As his affect grew, Dortmund started to check Pope. Fullkrug’s effort was rebuffed by the Newcastle goalkeeper after simply 13 minutes and Karim Adeyemi’s strike was additionally parried by the 31-year-old simply three minutes later.
Pope has been a busy man in Europe this season however there was nothing he may do to cease Dortmund taking a well-earned lead after 26 minutes. A stunning transfer arrived at Sabitzer within the penalty space with the previous Manchester United midfielder slicing again for Fullkrug to caress residence calmly from six yards out.
Newcastle responded nicely to falling behind, their uncommon forays ahead turning into extra frequent. Nevertheless, Howe’s males had been unable to significantly check Gregor Kobel, the closest they got here being two headers that the Swiss shot-stopper held comfortably.
Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almiron’s arrival after half-time enabled Newcastle to threaten Dortmund’s defence extra repeatedly. Livramento’s fierce cross was pushed out by Kobel in an indication of issues to come back simply minutes after the restart, whereas Brandt and Adeyemi additionally had efforts saved on the different finish.
The more and more influential Livramento delivered one other testing cross with ten minutes of the second half performed, Joelinton arriving within the field to fulfill it. Nevertheless, the Brazilian may in some way solely redirect his effort huge with purpose gaping.
Pope was stored busy with pretty routine saves from Brandt and Felix Nemcha regardless of Newcastle pushing for an equaliser, however it was the good Brandt who put the sport past doubt within the second half. Adeyemi’s diagonal ball excessive allowed the 27-year-old a transparent run on Newcastle’s purpose and he made no mistake, slotting a peaceful end past Pope together with his left foot.
Newcastle continued to probe in quest of a late flourish however they could not discover a well beyond Dortmund’s stoic defence. A second successive Champions League defeat means the Magpies’ qualification hopes now cling within the steadiness.
GK: Gregor Kobel – 7/10 – Authoritative on the ball and comfy together with his arms. Not examined sufficient for Newcastle’s liking.
RB: Niklas Sule – 7/10 – A robust exhibiting up towards Joelinton and Co. The German hasn’t all the time been a daily starter however did his popularity no hurt towards the Magpies.
CB: Mats Hummels – 8/10 – Similar to he did at St James’ Park, Hummels put in an skilled and composed efficiency.
CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 7/10 – A well-earned clear sheet for Schlotterbeck after his man of the match efficiency at St James’ Park. A lot improved from the Bayern Munich drubbing.
LB: Julian Ryerson – 6/10 – Bombed up and down the left flank with loads of vitality.
CM: Salih Ozcan – 7/10 – Combative when required and comfy in possession. Changed the injured Emre Can successfully.
CM: Marcel Sabitzer – 7/10 – Supplied the help for Fullkrug’s opener and was tidy on the ball.
RM: Julian Brandt – 9/10 – Dazzled early on and was excellent in tight areas. Newcastle could not comprise him and the 27-year-old was persistently Dortmund’s strongest attacking risk. Took his breakaway purpose splendidly.
AM: Felix Nmecha – 7/10 – Newcastle struggled to disclaim him house of their half and he stored their midfield busy.
LM: Karim Adeyemi – 7/10 – Usually swapped with Brandt on the flanks making it troublesome for Newcastle’s defence to pin him down. Good go for Dortmund’s second.
ST: Niclas Fullkrug – 8/10 – Took his purpose like a real quantity 9, calmly slotting residence from shut vary. Precisely the type of efficiency that Edin Terzic would need from his goal man striker.
SUB: Marco Reus (80′ for Adeyemi) – N/A
SUB: Youssoufa Moukoko (86′ for Fullkrug) – N/A
Subs not used: Alexander Meyer (GK), Marcel Lotka (GK), Ramy Bensebaini, Marius Wolf, Hendry Clean, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Giovanni Reyna, Donyell Malen, Sebastien Haller.
Edin Terzic – 8/10 – If solely he may have gotten this tune out of his gamers towards Bayern. Terzic’s Dortmund had been terrific, denying Newcastle a route again into the sport after a robust first half exhibiting.
GK: Nick Pope – 8/10 – Recurrently examined all through and carried out very nicely. Helpless with the objectives.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 6/10 – Nonetheless not fairly at his devastating greatest. Moved to left-back at half-time after which again to right-back however struggled to impression the sport.
CB: Jamaal Lascelles – 6/10 – Had a troublesome night up towards Fullkrug, not all the time popping out on prime within the bodily battle.
CB: Fabian Schar – 6/10 – Not a very noteworthy efficiency for good or unhealthy. Performed a lot of the second half in two completely different colored boots which is all the time enjoyable.
LB: Lewis Corridor – 4/10 – Picked up an early yellow card for a foul on Fullkrug and was strolling a tightrope afterwards. Struggled with Adeyemi’s tempo and Brandt’s ingenuity. Hooked at half-time.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 6/10 – Did not do an excessive amount of mistaken in central areas however not notably concerned.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 7/10 – A stable exhibiting from the Brazilian who usually exhibited his spectacular vary of passing within the remaining third.
CM: Joe Willock – 6/10 – Not on the races totally after an extended spell on the sidelines however held his personal within the Newcastle midfield.
RW: Tino Livramento – 8/10 – Tireless down the right-hand aspect in a much less acquainted superior place within the first half. Moved to full-back after the break and precipitated Dortmund loads of points together with his attacking runs.
ST: Callum Wilson – 5/10 – Remoted in central areas and unable to stretch the Dortmund centre-backs. Howe severely missed Alexander Isak.
LW: Joelinton – 6/10 – Carried out admirably on the left flank regardless of being extra snug in midfield. Missed a sitter early within the second half and a few usually rash challenges as he drained.
SUB: Anthony Gordon (46′ for Wilson) – 6/10 – Characteristically brilliant when approaching and seemed Newcastle’s more than likely risk.
SUB: Miguel Almiron (46′ for Corridor) – 6/10 – Supplied Dortmund’s defence some meals for thought however lacked a innovative.
SUB: Lewis Miley (80′ for Willock) – N/A
Subs not used: Martin Dubravka (GK), Loris Karius (GK), Paul Dummett, Lucas De Bolle, Ben Parkinson.
Eddie Howe – 5/10 – Maybe compelled into a wierd beginning lineup however Newcastle did not begin nicely. Howe could not impression the sport together with his substitutions.