How did the players fare in Newcastle United’s 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund?


8 POPE: Made three crucial early saves to keep Newcastle on level terms – his double save, in particular, was brilliant

6 Trippier: Started off strongly, but became somewhat ragged as he pushed into midfield as chased the game late on

6 Lascelles: Struggled at times in the first half, but kept battling away and kept Dortmund’s forwards quiet after the break

7 Schar: Won most of his one-on-one battles and produced his usual share of excellent long passes

6 Burn: Battled away gamely, but it wasn’t really a night when he was able to offer anything on the overlap down the left

6 Longstaff: Covered a lot of ground at the heart of midfield, but wasn’t really able to get himself into the penalty area as he would have liked

7 Guimaraes: Helped get Newcastle onto the front foot in the second half and was always looking to spread play to stretch the Dortmund defence

6 Joelinton: Showed his usual commitment and determination, but was pulled out of position on occasion in the first half

6 Almiron: Tried to hassle and harry the Dortmund defence, but had to do his own share of defending before the break

5 Isak: Played a lovely early ball to release Gordon into the area, but hobbled off immediately after with another injury issue

7 Gordon: Threatened with a couple of first-half efforts, and almost salvaged a point with his late strike that struck the crossbar


7 Wilson (for Isak, 15): Offered a threat throughout his time on the field, and struck the bar with a late glanced header

5 Murphy (for Joelinton, 64): Was only on the field for six minutes before an injury forced him off

5 Tonali (for Longstaff, 64): Wasn’t really a factor in what could well prove his final appearance for quite some time

Willock (for Murphy, 70)

Targett (for Burn, 70)

(not used): Dubravka (gk), Karius (gk), Dummett, Hall, Livramento.


Kobel 6; Wolf 6, Hummels 7, Schlotterbeck 8, Bensebaini 7; Sabitzer 7, Can 6 (Ozcan 42, 6), Nmecha 8 (Reyna 79); Reus 7 (Adeyemi 62, 6), Fullkrug 6 (Haller 79), MALEN 8 (Sule 78).

Subs (not used): Meyer (gk), Lotka (gk), Moukoko, Blank, Bynoe-Gittens.

Man Of The Match: DONYELL MALEN – The Borussia Dortmund forward was at the heart of his most of his side’s best attacking moves as they shaded the first half.