Tue 4 Jun 2024, 17:30 · Ash Harrison

Watch: Newcastle United make an appearance on TNT Sports' Top 20 Champions League goals

Watch: Newcastle United make an appearance on TNT Sports' Top 20 Champions League goals
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Newcastle United returned to the Champions League this season for the first time in 20 years and while our return may have been brief, plenty of memories will last a lifetime.

After finishing fourth in the Premier League in the 2022/23 season, Newcastle were awarded a spot in the Champions League after two decades away from the competition.

Newcastle was abuzz on the night the draw was made but nothing could have prepared the Toon Army for the group they were about to end up in.

Drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan, Group F was christened the "Group of Death" with little old Newcastle facing an impossible task.


Our UCL group featured a semi-finalist and a finalist so we did OK in the end

We all tried to convince ourselves that none of those clubs are as good as they were when at their peak, but given that Borussia Dortmund were in the final and PSG made it to the semi-finals, we may have been kidding ourselves.

However, we can always boast that we hammered PSG at St James' Park beating them 4-1 with Fabian Schar hitting Newcastle's fourth and best goal in second-half stoppage time.

That goal has been selected by TNT Sports as one of the best goals of this year's competition. We'll not spoil the surprise and tell you how high it placed, but it thoroughly deserved the ranking it got.


Can Newcastle make it back into Europe next season?

It wasn't meant to be for our triumphant return to the competition, and in truth, our lack of squad depth made it nigh-on impossible to fully compete in the Champions League alongside the domestic competition as the extra fixtures decimated our squad.

Next season we have no European football to distract us, so we should have another good run at the Premier League and should be aiming for those European spots again with Champions League as the target, but ideally, a top-six finish would be a good achievement.

We could always just go ahead and win the FA Cup and get into Europe that way. We wouldn't be opposed to that.