Nick Pope shines as Eddie Howe’s Newcastle hold AC Milan to a goalless draw in their Champions League comeback at the San Siro

Nick Pope was the hero for Newcastle on their Champions League return with a string of saves as they battled to a 0-0 draw against AC Milan. 

Eddie Howe’s side soaked up tonnes of pressure as Rafa Leao, Olivier Giroud, and Samuel Chukwueze all went close for the hosts at the San Siro. 

Milan dominated in the shots department as Newcastle only troubled in brief flashes through the likes of Anthony Gordon and Jacob Murphy. 

However, Newcastle defended resolutely, and as Milan launched more aerial balls to break the visitors down, the visitors dug in to earn a first point in this year’s Champions League.


AC Milan: Mike Maignan (Sportiello 81′); Davide Calabria (Florenzi 46′), Fikayo Tomori, Malick Thiaw, Theo Hernandez; Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Musah 72′), Rade Krunic, Tommasso Pobega (Reijnders 61′); Samuel Chukwueze (Pulisic 61′), Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao

Subs: Alessandro Florenzi 46′ (Calabria), Christian Pulisic (Chukwueze 61′), Tijjani Reijnders (Tommaso Pobega 61′), Yunus Musah (Loftus-Cheek 72′), Marco Sportiello (Maignan 81′)

Newcastle: Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Sandro Tonali (Anderson 72′); Jacob Murphy (Wilson 63′), Alexander Isak (Barnes 90′), Anthony Gordon (Almiron 63′)

Subs: Callum Wilson (Murphy 63′), Miguel Almiron (Gordon 63′), Elliot Anderson (Tonali 72′), Harvey Barnes (Isak 90′)

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