Tue 7 Nov 2023, 20:43 · Ash Harrison

One of those nights: The only way to describe what just happened in Dortmund

One of those nights: The only way to describe what just happened in Dortmund
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Newcastle United succumbed to a second defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League losing 2-0 at the Signal Iduna Stadium.

It was a strange game in Dortmund as Newcatle's barebones squad struggled to find a footing in the game in the first half, but were also undone by some tough luck.

Dortmund's first goal came during a spell where every second ball fell to a player in yellow. Newcastle failed to clear after several attempts, with the ball eventually bundling its way to Niclas Füllkrug in the box who tucked away a Wilson-esque finish.

Eddie Howe made a couple of key changes at half time which turned the game

Things weren't helped by Lewis Hall picking up an early yellow card for a nothing challenge making him walk a tightrope for the rest of the half.

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Dortmund fans staged a protest against UEFA just after half-time

Howe made changes at half time, bringing on Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almiron to replace Hall and Callum Wilson and we did seem to look a lot better.

Tino Livramento started the game on the right wing and was pushed back to right-back in the second half and he really came to life. He looked very dangerous and his inch-perfect cross that was headed wide by Joelinton could have made all the difference.

Newcastle were undone by a rapid counter after a poor free-kick

Kieran Trippier had another disappointing night, the third in the last five games. His passing was poor, decision-making was below par and his set pieces were shocking, particularly the one that led to Dortmund's second goal.

For Kieran Trippier to not beat the first man means something is definitely wrong. If he's tired, then we have Livramento there to give him a rest, use him. He's proven he's good enough.

It wasn't a terrible performance overall, but it was far from our best. We can make excuses that we have a raft of players out, and that is certainly valid, but we need to pick ourselves up for Bournemouth or we could get embarrassed on Saturday.