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UEFA Youth League: Spirited second half not enough for Newcastle to overcome dominant Dortmund

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Newcastle United 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

Newcastle United’s spirited second-half performance fell short as Borussia Dortmund secured their second win in the UEFA Youth League group stage. Goals from Julian Rijkhoff and Samuel Bamba proved enough to carry the German club past Newcastle, despite a late 73rd-minute finish by 16-year-old Sean Neave.

Newcastle entered the match after two previous defeats in the group stage, losing 4-0 to AC Milan and 1-0 to PSG. Dortmund, on the other hand, won their group stage opener against PSG with a goal to nil but lost 2-1 to Milan in their last outing.

In the opening minute, Bamba almost put the visitors ahead, breaking on the counter-attack, but his effort was thwarted by Cathal Heffernan.

Dortmund took the lead in the 12th minute when Rijkhoff capitalized on excellent wing play from Bamba, who provided an easy tap-in for his teammate.

Ten minutes later, Danylo Krevsun missed an opportunity to make it two as Jaden Korzynietz’s ball back to the forward resulted in an off-target effort from ten yards.

In the 35th minute, Bamba continued to trouble Newcastle down the left side, cutting inside onto his right foot and forcing a save from Aidan Harris.

Just before half-time, the hosts believed they had equalized with a flicked header over the goalkeeper by Ben Parkinson, but the linesman flagged for offside.

Bamba extended Dortmund’s lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute with his fifth shot of the game, finishing at the near post.

Newcastle struggled to contain Bamba, who caused problems for their defenders throughout the game.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Jonny Emerson showcased some skill in the box, creating space for himself, but he couldn’t keep his shot on target.

In the 72nd minute, substitute Neave scored Newcastle’s first goal in the UEFA Youth League, thanks to a terrific assist by Emerson.

Harris was called upon moments later to deny Bamba as he sprinted toward goal and took a shot, which the goalkeeper blocked.

In the final minutes, Robin Lisewski made a crucial save to thwart Leo Shahar’s equalizer attempt for Newcastle.

Following seven minutes of stoppage time and late pressure from the English side, Dortmund held on for an important victory.

The result leaves Newcastle at the bottom of Group F, while Dortmund’s three points place them jointly at the top with Milan and PSG.

The next fixture for these teams is the reverse leg in Germany on November 7th at 13:00 BST.

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