AC Milan send Newcastle out of UEFA Champions League, Europe

Newcastle’s return to the Champions League after more than 20 seasons away ultimately ended in heartbreak as they dropped out of Europe altogether thanks to a 2-1 defeat to AC Milan.

Eddie Howe’s side knew they were outsiders to reach the last 16 going into matchday six, with victory over Milan a necessity, while they also needed Paris Saint-Germain to lose or draw away to Borussia Dortmund.

It was all going Newcastle’s way at half-time, with Joelinton rifling them in front and PSG being held in Germany.

A Dortmund goal sparked more celebrations at St James’ Park but it all fell apart for the Magpies, with Christian Pulisic levelling for Milan and PSG pulling a goal back within a matter of minutes.

As it has so often done amid their injury crisis, fatigue appeared to hamper Newcastle in the closing stages, with Milan belatedly growing into the game.

The hammer blow came in the 84th minute when Samuel Chukwueze finished a deadly counter-attack that dropped Newcastle to fourth in Group F – and facing up to the fact Milan had pipped them to the Europa League play-off spot.