Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund LIVE: Champions League result and reaction after Anthony Gordon hits bar

Felix Nmecha dented Newcastle United’s Champions League charge as Borussia Dortmund kick-started their Group F campaign with a 1-0 victory on Tyneside.

The Germany midfielder’s 45th-minute strike clinched victory at a rain-soaked St James’ Park on a night when three more points for Eddie Howe’s men, who twice hit the crossbar late on, would have left them with one foot in the last-16.

They will now head into tough away games in Dortmund and against Paris Saint-Germain next month with serious work to do to extend their stay in the competition.

And they will possibly have to do it without midfielder Sandro Tonali, who was used as a second-half substitute amid speculation he could be handed a lengthy ban for alleged breaches of betting rules.

Memories of Newcastle’s 4-1 demolition of PSG earlier this month faded as last season’s Bundesliga runners-up produced an accomplished away display to remind them that the race for qualification from Group F has a long way to go.

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Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

  • FULL TIME! Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

  • 45’ GOAL! - Felix Nmecha opens the scoring on the stroke of half-time (NEW 0-1 BOR)

  • Newcastle given Champions League reality check as summer decision returns to haunt them

  • Newcastle player ratings as Callum Wilson struggles as Alexander Isak replacement

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Newcastle given Champions League reality check as summer decision returns to haunt them

22:17 , Mike Jones

After the euphoric evisceration of Paris Saint-Germain, this was the downbeat sequel Newcastle did not want. After the feelgood stories of the Geordie boys scoring in the Champions Leaguecame a tale of gritty realism, of meeting their match in the teeming Tyneside rain. There was no triumphant farewell to Sandro Tonali, either: instead Newcastle lost to a goal by a midfielder they considered signing in the summer, in Felix Nmecha, and who Borussia Dortmund bought instead. With Tonali likely to be banned for the rest of the season, Nmecha gave Newcastle an added reason to rue their choice.

Nmecha was handed what seemed an unenviable task, hired from Wolfsburg, charged with replacing Jude Bellingham at the Signal Iduna Park. And if that feels impossible, his first Dortmund goal kickstarted their European campaign. Edin Terzic’s team had failed to find the net in their opening two games and if they looked possible casualties in the competition’s group of death, now the possibility looms larger that Newcastle will be instead. The margins were narrow, the width of the woodwork that denied Callum Wilson and Anthony Gordon but Dortmund inflicted their first defeat in this competition since Barcelona in 2003.

Now Newcastle will head into the rematch in Germany without Tonali. If his debut season in England ends early, it also came to an anti-climactic conclusion. The Italian came off the bench with 25 minutes to go, making scant difference to a game Dortmund were already controlling.

By Richard Jolly at St James’ Park

Newcastle given reality check as summer decision returns to haunt them

Newcastle player ratings as Callum Wilson struggles as Alexander Isak replacement

22:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Newcastle suffered a home Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park, in a result that blew Group F wide open.

After an exhilarating opening spell where Anthony Gordon forced visiting goalkeeper Gregor Kobel into two saves, Dortmund took a deserved lead when Felix Nmecha guided a precise finish into the corner on the counter-attack.

Newcastle struggled to create chances after half-time, with Callum Wilson wasting the best of them with a shot that was straight at goalkeeper Kobel.

Wilson then struck the bar with a late header before Gordon’s deflected effort also hit the bar in stoppage time - but Eddie Howe’s side were unable to find an equaliser.

The defeat leaves Newcastle in third place in Group F behind Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund, who will host the Premier League side in the return fixture in two weeks’ time.

Here are how the Newcastle players rated in the 1-0 defeat.

Newcastle player ratings as Callum Wilson struggles as Alexander Isak replacement

Eddie Howe provides update on Alexander Isak and Jacob Murphy injuries after Borussia Dortmund defeat

23:01 , Mike Jones

Newcastle forward Alexander Isak suffered a recurrence of a groin injury in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, while Eddie Howe confirmed Jacob Murphy also dislocated his shoulder in what was a double blow for the Magpies.

Dortmund inflicted Newcastle’s first Champions League defeat of the season at St James’ Park but the “more disappointing” issue for Howe were the injuries to key players Isak and Murphy, who both departed the pitch early after picking up knocks.

Newcastle are also set to lose Sandro Tonali to a lengthy ban after the Italian was found to have broken betting rules, leaving Howe with a reduced squad heading into a crucial run of fixtures in both Europe and the Premier League.

Howe provides update on Isak and Murphy injuries after Dortmund defeat

FT Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

22:12 , Mike Jones

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer gave his reaction to BBC Radio 5 Live saying: “You can’t say it was a fluke, Dortmund might have been lucky once or twice in the last 10 minutes when it hit the bar but they defended so well.

“They have played Newcastle really well and played the crowd really well. They were such a threat on the break.

“If Newcastle are honest then I think they’ll accept they didn’t deserve anything from the game.”

FT Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

22:08 , Mike Jones

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FT Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

22:05 , Mike Jones

The defeat drops them down to third in Group F with PSG, who defeated AC Milan in the other match of the night, moving to the top spot and Dortmund jumping from fourth to second.

Full-time! Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:57 , Mike Jones

90+4 mins: Newcastle strike the woodwork again, right at the end of the match but it’s not enough to get themselves an equaliser.

They’ve suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season on a wet and rainy net at St. James’ Park as Borussia Dortmund inflicted a 1-0 loss on Eddie Howe’s side.

An opening 15 minutes of blistering action saw Nick Pope called into action on multiple occasions including a double save to deny Donyell Malen and Niclas Fullkrug. At the other end of the pitch Anthony Gordon provided the biggest threat for the hosts but Gregor Kobel was steadfast between the sticks.

Felix Nmecha broke the deadlock just before the half-time break, guiding home a lovely finish from inside the area to complete a flowing move from the visitors.

Newcastle had to manage a couple of injuries, one to Alexander Isak and one to Jacob Murphy as they increased the tempo in the second half. Dortmund where disciplined and despite the Magpies twice hitting the woodwork they managed to hold out for the win.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:52 , Mike Jones

90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play.

Another free kick for Newcastle is smoked at goal but Gregor Kobel is up to the task and palms the ball out for a throw in deep in his own half.

Can Newcastle get this equaliser?

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:48 , Mike Jones

87 mins: Off the bar! Newcastle win themselves a free kick that Matt Targett swings into the box from the left side of the pitch. The cross picks out Callum Wilson who nods the ball towards goal and rattles the woodwork!

Big chance but the ball doesn’t dip enough to sneak under the crossbar.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:46 , Mike Jones

84 mins: Jamaal Lascelles takes a shot for Newcastle and sees it blocked. The ball rebounds out to Miguel Almiron who flicks it across to Callum Wilson.

Wilson nods the ball down and there’s a loud shout for handball but it struck the defender on the shoulder and VAR doesn’t overturn the on field decision of no penalty.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:43 , Mike Jones

81 mins: That triple change for Dortmund has seen Giovanni Reyna, Sébastien Haller and Niklas Süle come on for Donyell Malen, Niclas Füllkrug and Felix Nmecha.

Bruno Guimaraes gets himself put in the book for a wayward tackle as Dortmund sweep forward through Marius Wolf.

He carries the ball into the box and squares it. Reyna looks to shoot but loses the ball before Newcastle win a free kick after a foul from Haller.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:39 , Mike Jones

78 mins: Matt Targett and Anthony Gordon are linking up nicely on the left side of the pitch for Newcastle but neither man can work the ball into the penalty area despite having teammates waiting for it.

Another no nonsense clearance from Dortmund takes place before the manager makes a triple change. Will the fresh legs help out the visitors?

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:37 , Mike Jones

75 mins: 15 minutes to play at St. James’ Park. Anthony Gordon is a livewire for Newcastle and is sprinting up and down the pitch trying to make something happen.

A square pass across towards Callum Wilson doesn’t find the target and Dortmund clear their lines.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:33 , Mike Jones

72 mins: There is a feel to the game that if Newcastle can get one they’ll go on to score another. Borussia Dortmund are keeping them quiet for the moment though with the substitutes attempting to feel their way into the match.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:32 , Mike Jones

69 mins: This is worrying for Newcastle. Jacob Murphy takes a heavy hit and stays on the ground holding his shoulder. Eddie Hpwe takes no chances and whips him off immediately.

Dan Burn also departs with Matt Targett introduced and Joe Willock makes his first appearance of the season to replace Murphy.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:27 , Mike Jones

66 mins: Sandro Tonali and Jacob Murphy are introduced into the game by Eddie Howe to replace Joelinton and Sean Longstaff. Can they have enough of an impact to get Newcastle back into this match?

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:23 , Mike Jones

63 mins: Newcastle are starting to up the tempo and pressure on Dortmund. Joelinton fizzes a pass into the box and finds Wilson. He shoots with his first touch but the ball is deflected out for a corner kick.

The Bundesliga side defend it well.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:22 , Mike Jones

60 mins: Marco Reus releases Donyell Malen on the right side of the pitch and an injection in pace from the Dortmund forward sees his bomb down the wing.

Fabian Schar knows he can’t keep up but manages to close the gap to the forward and prod the ball into the stands with a well timed tackle.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:19 , Mike Jones

57 mins: Chance! Wilson has to score here.

Newcastle get the fans excited with a lovely move that Fabian Schar starts thanks to a fine tackle inside his own half. The Magpies burst up the pitch and give the all to Anthony Gordon who carries it into the box and pulls one back to Callum Wilson.

Wilson takes a touch then pokes his effort at goal only to be denied by Gregor Kobel.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:17 , Mike Jones

54 mins: Callum Wilson receives the ball and spins towards goal. He’s leading the charge on his own and is slowly swarmed by yellow shirts.

Anthony Gordon sprints up the pitch to provide him with an option to the left but Wilson can’t thread the pass through the defenders and the attack breaks down.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:12 , Mike Jones

51 mins: Nick Pope is trying to get Newcastle up the pitch with quick transitions and throws over to Anthony Gordon on the left wing.

Gordon is too quick for Mats Hummels and has repeatedly won the battle for pace but a couple of times now he’s been unable to control Pope’s pass and any hopes of a sharp counter have died down.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:10 , Mike Jones

48 mins: Nearly! Dortmund work the ball nicely up the pitch and feed it over to the left side where Niclas Fullkrug collects the ball. He flicks a pass into the box and almost finds Marco Reus only for Nick Pope to come off his line and pluck the ball out of the air.

Second half! Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:07 , Mike Jones

Newcastle get the match restarted at St. James’ Park needing to fight back to get themselves into the game. The rain is pouring down but the fans are in full voice and will cheer the team on until the final whistle.

Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Dortmund lead a thrilling Champions League clash at St James’ Park after this Felix Nmecha finish. It’s been end-to-end stuff so far, but Newcastle are behind and are in need of a response.

HT Newcastle 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

21:04 , Mike Jones

After some technical difficulties, we’re back in business.

It’s been an interesting first half at St. James’ Park with both teams creating plenty of chances in the opening 15 minutes. Nick Pope has been called into action on numerous occasions with Gregor Kobel as denying Anthony Gordon twice at the other end.

The deadlock was broken right at the end of the half though after a wonderful move from the visitors.

Nico Schlotterbeck lunges forward and tackles Anthony Gordon inside his own half before sending the ball forward and sprinting out to the left for an overlapping run.

He receives the ball back, carries it into the penalty area then pulls it back to Felix Nmecha who calmly guides a side-footed effort past Nick Pope to open the scoring!

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:50 , Mike Jones

Should Newcastle win tonight they will remain top of Group F and will be one step closer to reaching the knockout rounds. There’s a couple of changes in the team and the Magpies won’t have Sandro Tonali on the pitch from the start.

The Italian should make an appearance later in the match but with a ban from football on the horizon, Eddie Howe may want to give his other midfielders experience of the European top-flight.

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:45 , Mike Jones

Joe Willock is back in the Newcastle matchday squad for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury against Brighton in May.

The midfielder played in the Europa League during his time at Arsenal but has yet to appear in the Champions League. Will he make his debut tonight?

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Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:40 , Mike Jones

Newcastle go into tonight’s game on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

The Magpies have scored more goals (24) than any other Premier League side this season and have also registered more shots on target inside the box (46), converted more of their attempts (18.9%) and scored more ‘big chances’ (20) than any other team in the division.

Pre-match thoughts from Eddie Howe

19:35 , Mike Jones

The Newcastle boss stopped by TNT Sports ahead of kick off to chat about his team’s experiences in the Champions League so far.

“We have to look back at the PSG game and what we did well.” He said, “When we play at our best here, our off-the-ball work is a key feature.

“This will be a different game, though. Dortmund are a very good team, very dangerous. At home one of our key hallmarks is our intensity and I don’t think we should change for Europe.

“Dortmund have different strengths and we have to try to combat those, we need the crowd like an extra man, that’s our responsibility early in the game.”

Howe’s full thoughts can be heard below:

Sandro Tonali is the latest victim of football’s double standards

19:30 , Mike Jones

So Sandro Tonali has provided Newcastle with greater problems than the conundrum of if and how he and Bruno Guimaraes can play together. Not least because there is the very real possibility that the Italian and the Brazilian, some £100m of imported class, may be soon barred from taking the field together. Not, it should be said, by anything Guimaraes has done.

Investigations by the Italian police and the Italian Football Federation resulted in Tonali’s removal from the Azzurri squad. Should he be banned for illegal betting on football, the £50m signing’s season, which began with one of the great debuts in Newcastle history, could be abruptly curtailed. The precedents from Tonali’s homeland are not promising: the Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli will serve a seven-month suspension for gambling on games. In Tonali’s case, there is a significant difference which could increase the sanction: he reportedly admitted to betting on AC Milan matches. Which, as he was their midfield fulcrum at the time, compounds the offence. The maximum penalty possible is a three-year ban.

Tonali may be more symptom than cause of a wider issue, more victim than offender. His agent, Giuseppe Riso, said the 23-year-old suffers from a gambling addiction. If so, he is not alone: so does Ivan Toney. The Brentford and England striker scored 20 Premier League goals last season: he has none so far this season for the simple reason he is mid-way through an eight-month ban for betting, including on his own teams to lose in games where he was not playing.

Sandro Tonali is the latest victim of football’s double standards

Longstaff on Dortmund

19:25 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund are bottom of Group F with one point from their two Champions League matches so far but they have won each of their last five Bundesliga fixtures.

"They’re a top side with some really good players," said Sean Longstaff ahead of the game.

"Their fanbase is similar to ours and we’re two similar clubs. [It will be] a night that all players will want to be a part of."

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:20 , Mike Jones

Dortmund played four games against English opponents in the 2022/23 Champions League.

They lost 2-1 at Manchester City on Matchday 2 before securing a 0-0 draw at home on Matchday 5. The German side then beat Chelsea 1-0 in the round of 16 first leg, but bowed out of the competition after a 2-0 second-leg loss in London.

The goalless draw against City ended the German club’s eight-game losing streak against English clubs while the first leg against Chelsea is Dortmund’s only win against Premier League opposition since a 2-1 victory at Tottenham in the 2015/16 Europa League round of 16 second leg.

Their record since that win was two draws, nine defeats.

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:15 , Mike Jones

Newcastle’s last game against German opponents was the first they failed to win – a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2006/07 Uefa Cup group stage.

The Magpies had scored three goals in each of their first four meetings against Bundesliga teams, winning three successive games 3-1 before that draw in Frankfurt.

That included both previous home matches – against 1860 München in the 2001 Uefa Intertoto Cup semi-final second leg and Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002/03 Champions League second group stage with Alan Shearer scoring a hat-trick in the latter fixture.

Newcastle and Dortmund share same glaring hole in their team before Champions League clash

19:10 , Mike Jones

Newcastle is twinned with Gelsenkirchen and, as Borussia Dortmund need no reminders, the German city is home to their great rivals, Schalke. They are found in the second division now: as Newcastle can testify from the Mike Ashley years, a vast stadium offers no immunity against relegation. Instead, as Newcastle and Dortmund go head to head in the Champions League tonight, they find themselves twinned in a footballing respect, wrestling with the same problem: how to cope with the loss of a pivotal midfielder.

For Jude Bellingham, read Sandro Tonali, one gone to Real Madrid for a nine-figure sum, the other set for 10 months on the sidelines with a gambling ban. Tonali played in a Champions League semi-final for AC Milan last season. He will not for Newcastle this year, regardless of how far they progress. Wednesday’s game could be his last.

“I’m expecting him to be available,” manager Eddie Howe said. If not, his plans may require a late rethink, Tonali’s campaign already curtailed.

Newcastle and Dortmund share same glaring hole before Champions League clash

Pre-match thoughts from Anthony Gordon

19:05 , Mike Jones

Anthony Gordon spoke to Newcastle’s media team before tonight’s match and explained how he is looking forward to each game since arriving at St. James’ Park.

“Every game that’s coming, I’m looking forward to.” He said, “I’m really enjoying playing.

“It’s great that games are coming thick and fast, especially when the team’s playing so well. In the Champions League you’ve definitely got a special feeling, particularly at St James’ Park.

“I’m really excited.”

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Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

19:00 , Mike Jones

Tonight’s encounter is the first meeting of the two teams and only Newcastle’s sixth ever game against a German club in Uefa competition.

Dortmund, by contrast, are facing English opponents in Europe for the 33rd time.

Newcastle have never lost to a German side while Dortmund have been beaten in seven of their last eight games in England.

Last time out in the Champions League

18:55 , Mike Jones

Buoyed by playing their first home Champions League game in 20 years, Newcastle dismantled 2020 runners-up Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 at St. James’ Park.

It was a performance built on the back of an opening 0-0 draw at AC Milan in what was their first game in the competition since 2002/03.

Now the Group F leaders are aiming for another win against seasoned campaigners Borussia Dortmund who are still searching for their first win and goal having been beaten 2-0 in Paris on Matchday 1 and getting held to a 0-0 draw by Milan in their second fixture.

Borussia Dortmund line-up

18:55 , Mike Jones

Dortmund XI: Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaini; Nmecha, Can, Sabitzer; Reus, Fullkrug, Malen

Subs: Meyer. Lotka, Ozcan, Reyna, Haller, Moukoko, Sule, Adeyemi, Blank, Bynoe-Gittens

Newcastle team changes

18:50 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe makes two changes to the Newcastle team that defeated Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend. Callum Wilson and Jacob Murphy drop out with Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron slotting back into the forward line.

Joe Willock returns for a place on the bench and Sandro Tonali will start as a substitute as well.

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund line-ups

18:47 , Mike Jones

Newcastle XI: Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Gordon

Subs: Dubravka, Karius, Dummett, Tonali, Wilson, Targett, Hall, Livramento, Murphy, Willock

Sean Longstaff pinching himself after change in fortunes at Newcastle

18:40 , Mike Jones

Sean Longstaff admits he can scarcely believe how far he and Newcastle have come in the last two years.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s future looked to lie away from St James’ Park during the latter stage of the Mike Ashley era, but he has revived his career spectacularly since Amanda Staveley’s consortium completed its takeover in October 2021.

Longstaff will head into Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund having established himself in Eddie Howe’s team at the club he supported as a boy and being touted as a future England international.

Sean Longstaff pinching himself after change in fortunes at Newcastle

Longstaff on Newcastle’s ‘impossible’ dream

18:35 , Mike Jones

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff says it seemed impossible that the club would be preparing for a Champions League match two years ago.

Eddie Howe’s side are currently top of Group F after a 4-1 home win against Paris St-Germain and a goalless draw at AC Milan. They face Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park this evening.

"Even sat here doing a press conference before a Champions League game seemed impossible," said Longstaff, "To be in this position now is a real privilege.

"It’s a competition I’ve watched since I was a little kid, to finally be playing in it is something I am trying to take in my stride."

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Eddie Howe opens up on ‘hardest part ahead’ for Sandro Tonali

18:30 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe had admitted the hardest part is yet to come for Sandro Tonali who could face a lengthy ban if he is found to have breached betting rules by an ongoing investigation in Italy.

Tonali and Newcastle do not yet know when he will discover his fate, but head coach Howe is convinced the support he has received to date will help him whatever comes his way.

“Let’s wait and see, but yes, I think the hardest part is ahead regardless of what happens.” Howe said,

“Immediately, you get a lot of attention and people are talking about the situation. He’s had the love of the supporters today, but that’s difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Who knows what’s ahead?

“I just think it’s great for him to know he’s got the support, not just of the senior management at the football club and the manager, but also the support of the supporters and they’re the most important people.”

Sandro Tonali trains with Newcastle team amid betting investigation in Italy

18:25 , Mike Jones

Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali trained with his team-mates on Tuesday morning amid speculation that an investigation into breaches of betting rules was close to reaching a conclusion.

Reports from Italy have suggested the 23-year-old former AC Milan player could learn his fate before Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park, with some predicting a lengthy ban.

However, the Italy international was among the group which trained at the club’s Darsley Park training headquarters as they completed their preparations for the Group F fixture under grey skies and incessant rain.

Sandro Tonali trains with Newcastle team amid betting investigation in Italy

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund prediction

18:20 , Mike Jones

The match will be a hard-fought affair, but Newcastle will not be able to recreate the same energy and motivation they showed against PSG.

Goals are expected from both teams but this one should be more of an equal contest.

Newcastle 1-1 Dortmund.

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund predicted line-ups

18:15 , Mike Jones

Newcastle XI: Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Tonali; Almiron, Isak, Gordon

Borussia Dortmund XI: Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaini; Can, Ozcan; Brandt, Reus, Malen; Fullkrug

Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund team news

18:10 , Mike Jones

The main question surrounding selection will be the outcome of a decision over Sandro Tonali and the investigation into breaches of betting rules concerning the midfielder. The outcome could be announced ahead of the clash, with a lengthy ban expected.

Sven Botman has a knee problem, Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Harvey Barnes are also out while Joe Willock is back in training but Wednesday’s match could come too early for the midfielder.

For Dortmund, Julian Ryerson is expected to miss out through illness, with Mateu Morey and Thomas Meunier more long-term injury concerns for the German side.

How to watch Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

18:05 , Mike Jones

The match is on Wednesday 25 October with a kick off time of 8pm BST.

Newcastle vs Dortmund will be shown live in the UK on TNT Sports 2 with coverage starting at 7pm BST, the game can also be streamed via the Discovery+ app.

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Newcastle vs Borussia Dortmund

18:00 , Mike Jones

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Newcastle welcome Borussia Dortmund to St. James’ Park.

Eddie Howe’s men will be confident heading into tonight’s match after hammering PSG 4-1 at home in their last outing. The manager has been vocal in the build-up about recreating the hostile atmosphere from that night and no doubt the Newcastle supporters will give it their best effort when the match gets underway at 8pm.

Newcastle have four points from their opening two matches and a victory over the Bundesliga side this evening would give them a secure grip on top spot in Group F.

However, Dortmund have only lost one of their 11 matches across all competitions this season - against PSG in their Champions League opener - and are in good form heading into the match. They’ll be tricky competition and will trouble the Magpies if they are short of their best form.

We’ll have all the build-up, team news and match coverage throughout the night so stick around.