From Underdogs to Champions League Contenders?

What does Newcastle's victory over PSG mean?

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From Underdogs to Champions League Contenders?

Newcastle United stunned Paris Saint-Germain with a 4-1 victory in the Champions League on October 4, 2023. What the hell happened last night?!

Newcastle's performance

Newcastle's performance was outstanding, with the team showing power, muscularity, and discipline. The team played far better than their last Champions League campaign, with fans who never believed they would reach this stage again behind an entirely new team. The thing that impressed many people about Newcastle was their maturity. This was the first time Newcastle had played at home on this stage in two decades, and they grew in stature as the game wore on. I think it's fair to say the club has given it's fans something to shout about, if I was a Newcastle United supporter I would be out of my seat. After this performance I think it's fair all sceptics should be looking at the Magpies as a bit of a wildcard, but could they really go all the way? We think so with the squad they have amassed.


Newcastle scored four goals, with Dan Burn, Sean Longstaff, Fabian Schar, and Miguel Almiron all finding the back of the net. The goals were a result of a wonderful move from Newcastle and passive defending from PSG. Fabian Schar's goal was the strike of the night, with the ball rolled across to the defender about 25 yards from goal. He took aim and significantly off balance, fired a first-time shot into the top corner of Gianluigi Donnarumma's goal.

PSG's performance

PSG's performance was abject, with the team capitulating pitifully. They were out-thought by Eddie Howe and his team outfought by a superb Newcastle side. PSG manager Luis Enrique has a job on his hands with this new, younger version of the team without Neymar and other departed stars.
This was Newcastle's first Champions League game back on Tyneside after 20 years away, and they didn't just beat PSG, they battered them. Using high press & high risk football to produce this result. The win was a dream come true for Dan Burn, who scored in Newcastle's 4-1 Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain.

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Notable Performances

  • Dan Burn: The local lad scored a towering header to double Newcastle's advantage shortly before half-time. He said he realised a dream by scoring in Newcastle's 4-1 Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain after being left without a club following rejection by Fulham in his mid-20s.
  • Sean Longstaff: Another local lad, Longstaff put his side into dreamland with a powerful strike that proved too hot for Donnarumma after the break. He also spoke to TNT Sports after the game, saying, "For me and Burny to score is unreal. There’s a few here who probably thought three years ago we were out the door. I’m so proud to be from Newcastle, I’m over the moon".
  • Fabian Schar: Schar completed the rout in second-half stoppage-time with a long-range runner to give the hosts their first Champions League win in 20 years. He also scored a screamer in stoppage time to cap a stunning night.
  • Miguel Almiron: Almiron fired past goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma after pouncing on a defensive error from Marquinhos to give Newcastle the lead in the 17th minute


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