Newcastle left the San Siro with what could prove to be a vital point after holding a dominant AC Milan to a 0-0 draw in their first Champions League game for over 20 years.
After qualifying for the group stages for the first time since the 2002/03 season, Eddie Howe’s side were rewarded with a place in Group F, alongside European luminaries Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, as well as last year’s semi-finalists Milan.
Such a daunting draw means any points collected away from St James’ Park are to be cherished – even if they come as a result of gritty defending and opposition wastefulness.
That was the case against Milan, who ended the game with an expected goals total of 2.06 but no actual goals, with Rafael Leao, Tommaso Pobega and Olivier Giroud all guilty of spurning chances.
Perhaps overawed on such a huge night for the club, Newcastle were second best throughout and only registered their first shot on target in second-half stoppage time. A more punchy performance surely awaits when PSG visit Tyneside next month.
More to follow.
AC Milan return to action in Serie A on Saturday at home to Verona, kick-off 2pm (BST). Their next Champions League Group F fixture is at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday October 4, kick-off 8pm.
Newcastle head to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports at 4.30pm. Their next Champions League match is at home to Paris Saint-Germain on October 4 at 8pm.