Newcastle United 4-1 Paris St-Germain: Eddie Howe’s roar to victory over French champions

Dan Burn scores against PSG

Newcastle United welcomed Champions League football back to St James’ Park in style as Paris St-Germain were overpowered in a highly charged atmosphere on Tyneside.

The French champions – including superstar Kylian Mbappe – found the atmosphere and intensity on and off the pitch just too much as Eddie Howe’s side secured a richly deserved win in Newcastle’s first home game in Europe’s elite competition since a 2-0 defeat by Barcelona in March 2003.

The Toon Army had already transformed St James’ Park into four walls of black and white even before Miguel Almiron sent them wild by giving them a 17th-minute lead after PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma could only palm out Alexander Isak’s shot, as Marquinhos was punished for carelessly conceding possession.

It was to prove an eventful night for Italy keeper Donnarumma, who tried in vain to claw out Dan Burn’s towering header six minutes before half-time. The ball had already crossed the line but Newcastle still had to wait for a video assistant referee check for offside before the celebrations could begin.

Donnarumma was a central figure again as Newcastle went three up five minutes after the break, the goalkeeper’s poor attempt at a block allowing Sean Longstaff’s powerful shot from an angle to creep in.

PSG’s threats were rare but they did pull one back after 56 minutes through Lucas Hernandez’s header – but this was Newcastle’s night from start to finish.

Swiss centre-back Fabian Schar added the icing on the cake in stoppage time as he curled a stunning shot past Donnarumma from the edge of the box into the top corner to make it 4-1.

The three points, added to an opening draw away to AC Milan, mean Newcastle go top of Group F.

The night Tyneside was waiting for

Newcastle was alive with Champions League anticipation hours before kick-off as supporters flooded around St. James Park for the first game here in this competition for two decades.

When the draw was made, the meeting with Mbappe and PSG was ringed on the calendar as proof that Newcastle had returned to the big time.

And how the Toon Army relished this as their side delivered the performance and occasion they had craved to put themselves in a good position with four points from their opening two group games.

Tough tests lie ahead but on the evidence of the wall of noise and colour – well black and white – that unnerved PSG here, Newcastle will have no fears about any opposition who come to Tyneside.

Newcastle tore into PSG from the first whistle, backed by a frenzied support, and once Almiron set them on their way after 17 minutes there was no looking back.

And how fitting it was that two local boys, Burn and Longstaff, were also on target on a night that will live long in the memory for every supporter who witnessed it.

And Schar’s scorching finish was a perfect way to round off this glory night.

Borussia Dortmund, who drew 0-0 with AC Milan elsewhere on Wednesday, are the next visitors to Tyneside on 25 October – after this Newcastle and their supporters can hardly wait.

Mbappe threat snuffed out

Mbappe was the man Newcastle’s fans feared, his early touches greeted with a cacophony of jeering, which he met by almost creating an early goal for Ousmane Dembele, who volleyed a great chance wide.

That was just about it for the world-class forward, who cut a frustrated and marginalised figure for the rest of the night, often outnumbered by Newcastle defenders and not on the same wavelength of his PSG team-mates on a desperately poor night for Luis Enrique’s side.

Mbappe is obviously the centrepiece of PSG’s plans but for how long with Real Madrid long rumoured to be his next destination? This is a side of parts that in no way resembles a team of quality, and they were brutally exposed by Newcastle.

Player of the match

BurnDan Burn

with an average of 8.59

Newcastle United

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  2. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

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  3. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

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  4. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

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  5. Squad number5Player nameSchär

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  6. Squad number14Player nameIsak

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  7. Squad number8Player nameTonali

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  8. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

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  9. Squad number10Player nameGordon

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  10. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

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  11. Squad number32Player nameAnderson

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  12. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

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  13. Squad number22Player namePope

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  14. Squad number13Player nameTargett

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Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number29Player nameBarcola

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  2. Squad number21Player nameHernández

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  3. Squad number33Player nameZaïre-Emery

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  4. Squad number10Player nameDembélé

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  5. Squad number17Player nameVitinha

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  6. Squad number2Player nameHakimi

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  7. Squad number99Player nameG Donnarumma

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  8. Squad number9Player nameGonçalo Ramos

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  9. Squad number7Player nameMbappé

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  10. Squad number23Player nameKolo Muani

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  11. Squad number5Player nameMarquinhos

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  12. Squad number37Player nameSkriniar

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  13. Squad number4Player nameUgarte

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 22PopeBooked at 87mins
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Lascelles
  • 5Schär
  • 33Burn
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno GuimarãesBooked at 45mins
  • 8TonaliSubstituted forAndersonat 65′minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMurphyat 71′minutes
  • 14Isak
  • 10GordonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forTargettat 90+3′minutes


  • 1Dúbravka
  • 3Dummett
  • 13Targett
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 21Livramento
  • 23Murphy
  • 32Anderson
  • 47Miley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 99G Donnarumma
  • 2HakimiBooked at 43mins
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 37Skriniar
  • 21HernándezBooked at 38mins
  • 4UgarteSubstituted forVitinhaat 64′minutes
  • 33Zaïre-EmeryBooked at 81mins
  • 10DembéléBooked at 67mins
  • 7Mbappé
  • 23Kolo MuaniSubstituted forBarcolaat 57′minutes
  • 9Gonçalo Ramos


  • 1Navas
  • 8Ruiz
  • 15Danilo
  • 17Vitinha
  • 26Mukiele
  • 28Soler
  • 29Barcola
  • 80Tenas

István Kovács


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Match ends, Newcastle United 4, Paris Saint Germain 1.

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