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AC Milan held by Newcastle to a Goalless Draw –

AC Milan and Newcastle United battled to a goalless draw, with both teams missing key opportunities in a tightly contested Champions League opener.

Rafael Leao, Milan’s main threat, had a moment to forget in the 34th minute. After an impressive run, he found himself one-on-one with Newcastle’s goalkeeper, Nick Pope, but a failed audacious flick led to a stumble, letting Newcastle off the hook.

Pope’s heroics in the first half were crucial for Newcastle, making five impressive saves in just six minutes to maintain a clean sheet. The Magpies earned their first point in Group F after a 20-year absence from top-tier European football.

For AC Milan, who suffered a 5-1 defeat to derby rivals Inter Milan just days prior, frustration loomed large. Despite creating several chances, they couldn’t find the back of the net to the disappointment of the home crowd, totaling 65,695.

AC Milan vs Newcastle Match Report

Pope came to Newcastle’s rescue multiple times, denying chances from Tommaso Pobega, Samuel Chukwueze, Olivier Giroud, and Rade Krunic. Giroud had a golden opportunity from a corner but couldn’t capitalize.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek also missed a chance for Newcastle, with AC Milan exerting sustained pressure. Meanwhile, midfielders Tonali, Guimaraes, and Longstaff struggled to control the midfield for the Magpies.

Leao had another opportunity to redeem himself before halftime, but his back-heel attempt from six yards saw him fall over, with Jacob Murphy clearing the follow-up off the line.

Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, made changes, bringing on Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron, while Pope continued to be vigilant, saving a shot from Tijjani Reijnders.

In the end, frustration prevailed for AC Milan, as their attempts were thwarted by Newcastle’s resolute defense. The match ended in a goalless draw, with substitute keeper Marco Sportiello making a late save to secure the point for the Magpies.

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