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AC Milan Ends Newcastle Dreams, Falls Short in Champions League Last 16

by: EdwardB


The world of football witnessed a thrilling showdown between AC Milan and Newcastle this Wednesday, with Milan emerging victorious in a 2-1 encounter. While the win marked the end of Newcastle’s hopes in the Champions League, the twists and turns of the game added a dose of unexpected drama.

In a match that had fans at the edge of their seats, Samuel Chukwueze late-game heroics sealed Newcastle fate in Europe. Despite the win, AC Milan fell short of making it to the Champions League last 16, courtesy of Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund.

Group F Dynamics

The dynamics of Group F played a crucial role in shaping the outcomes for both teams. While PSG secured second place with their draw, AC Milan snagged a consolation prize a spot in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Newcastle return to the Champions League after two decades ended in disappointment.

Challenges Faced by Newcastle

Newcastle faced an uphill battle with a series of challenges, including injuries and fatigue. Manager Eddie Howe found himself grappling with limited options, having to field the same set of outfield players for five consecutive games. While Callum Wilson return provided some relief, it wasn’t enough to turn the tide.

AC Milan Struggles and Determination

AC Milan encountered their own set of challenges, coping with an injury crisis that forced Theo Hernandez into an unfamiliar center-back role. With Fikayo Tomori as the sole fit central defender, AC Milan defense was under pressure. However, the return of Rafael Leao injected optimism into AC Milan European aspirations.

Match Events

The game kicked off with Joelinton spectacular goal, giving Newcastle an early advantage. The intensity heightened as news of Dortmund goal against PSG reached the crowd. Both PSG and AC Milan found the net within minutes, with Giroud setting up Pulisic for AC Milan equalizer. The final stages were marked by missed opportunities and stunning saves.

Critical Moments in the Final Stages

The match reached a climax with both teams pushing for a decisive outcome. Newcastle missed key opportunities, and Milan’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan made a breathtaking save. Nail-biting moments included Rafael Leao near miss and Theo Hernandez’s open-goal blunder. In the end, Chukwueze brilliant shot secured Milan’s place in the Europa League.


While Milan celebrated their success, Newcastle faced the disappointment of an early exit. The match exemplified the unpredictable nature of football, with missed chances and last-minute heroics shaping the narrative. As Milan looks forward to European football in 2024, Newcastle reflects on a rollercoaster Champions League journey that showcased the highs and lows of the beautiful game.

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