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Follow all the action as Newcastle and AC Milan go head-to-head in a must-win, do-or-die clash with the Champions League knockout stages on the line

Michael Dominski

December 13, 2023 at 12:21 PM EST

 Early Champions League team news, line-ups latest, predictions

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Newcastle vs Milan: Start time, TV info, team news

All the games tonight

There are eight Champions League matches taking place across Europe tonight.

At 5.45pm GMT, in around half an hour, RB Leipzig face Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade host Manchester City.

At 8pm GMT, the other games are:

  • Antwerp vs Barcelona
  • Porto vs Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Celtic vs Feyenoord
  • Dortmund vs PSG
  • Atletico Madrid vs Lazio

And, of course, the game we're covering in this live blog: Newcastle vs Milan.

A look at the Champions League group stage

A look at the Champions League group stage

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Coming up, we'll have a focus on the home side, Newcastle United. But for now, we're taking a look at the Champions League group stage. Why?

Because the Champions League will change forever after tonight.

This Tuesday (yesterday) and Wednesday (today) will be the last two games for the current group stage format. From the start of next season, the Champions League group stage will be played according to the “Swiss model”, in which there will be a 36-team league.

We'll dive deeper in the next few posts.

Pod On The Tyne: A show about Newcastle United

 A show about Newcastle United

Going South: Spurs slog makes for imperfect Milan prep

Taylor Payne and Chris Waugh are safe in the North East for our weekend review, with George Caulkin making the unexpected decision to broadcast from a building site in central London.

We have another dispiriting display to look back at, with Eddie Howe's knackered Mags downed 4-1 by a Spurs side whose "injury crisis" pales by comparison. Better news from Gateshead, where Becky Langley's women made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup and a potential meeting with the big hitters of the WSL.

Next up, a Champions League Group F finale with AC Milan coming to St James's Park. The atmosphere should be electric, but can that re-energise the players or will Leao and co spoil the party?

Listen here!

Maldini accuses Milan of ‘no real respect for identity and history’

Maldini accuses Milan of ‘no real respect for identity and history’

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Milan legend Paolo Maldini has accused the club of showing “no real respect for Milan’s identity and history” in his first interview since the club fired him as technical director in the summer.

Speaking to La Repubblica, the five-time Champions League winner whose father, Cesare, and son, Daniel, played for the club argued that the reasons owner Gerry Cardinale gave for firing him were “a little weak.”

The 55-year-old, who has been under consideration for an executive role in the Saudi Pro League, claims he did not have much of a relationship with Cardinale, the RedBird Capital founder, who bought the club on the back of the 2022 Scudetto.

Paolo Maldini accuses Milan of showing ‘no real respect for club’s identity and history’

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Paolo Maldini accuses Milan of showing ‘no real respect for club’s identity and history’

Home fans feeling excited... and nervous

Home fans feeling excited... and nervous

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Join our discussion tab here to let us know your thoughts before, during and after the match!

There's a heady cocktail of emotions from home fans in the comments.

David P says: Woke up at 4:45am feeling the nerves already. Essential the crowd are vocal throughout. Let’s have a home atmosphere like PSG rather than Dortmund.

And an excitable Gerard M adds: HWTMFL!

I think many Newcastle fans will be able to decrypt that acronym, but unfortunately I can't post it for reasons that will become obvious if you are able to decrypt it!

Milan on the brink despite Pulisic efforts

Milan on the brink despite Pulisic efforts

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Milan’s fate is out of their hands; three points against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in their final Group F match tonight would only be enough for a Europa League consolidation prize if Paris Saint-Germain avoid defeat against Dortmund, who are already into the round of 16.

On Pulisic’s part, it was not through a lack of trying.

He had been one of Milan’s top performers on a night that arrived on the back of worrying league form. Before the Dortmund defeat, they had won just once in their past five Serie A games, though they have beaten Frosinone since — and murmurs about manager Stefano Pioli’s future are growing.

Pulisic has certainly seemed to carry that load on his shoulders afterwards.

For Christian Pulisic, this hurt. Despite his best efforts, Milan are on the brink

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For Christian Pulisic, this hurt. Despite his best efforts, Milan are on the brink

A ray of positivity for Milan?

A ray of positivity for Milan?

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Down on the sideline, having his boots checked by the fourth official, was Luka Jovic’s replacement. Jovic might have felt aggrieved. Instead, he smiled and encouraged the fellow striker who would come on for him in the 83rd minute.

Germano 'Gegio' Lanzoni, the voice of San Siro, read out the name with typical bombast. “FRAN-CES-CO” and let the Curva Sud do the rest. “CA-MAR-DA”. The replacement puffed out his cheeks, looked over at those ultras and broke into a disbelieving grin. It was really happening.

Francesco Camarda was 15 and 260 days old. Looking on from the stands, his mother placed a hand over her face and wept. His father laughed, incredulous.

Their boy had just become the youngest player ever to appear in Serie A. What is it they say about life coming at you fast? Well, it seems to come at Camarda even faster still.

Francesco Camarda, 15, becomes Italy’s new boy wonder as Milan find some respite

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Francesco Camarda, 15, becomes Italy’s new boy wonder as Milan find some respite

When does the 2023-24 knockout stage start?

When does the 2023-24 knockout stage start?

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Good question.

The two-legged last-16 ties will take place across February and March. This season’s competition will conclude at Wembley next June.

Round of 16: February 13/14/20/21 and March 5/6/12/13, 2024.

Quarter-finals: April 9/10 and 16/17, 2024.

Semi-finals: April 30/May 1 and May 7/8, 2024.

Final: June 1, 2024.

'We've got to soak this all in'

'We've got to soak this all in'

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Newcastle fans have been airing their thoughts in The Athletic's discussion tab here. You can too!

Kevin D says: Got to soak this all in, whatever happens. What an incredible transformation it’s been for this club over a couple of years. Lads will hold their heads high regardless of what transpires. A raucous atmosphere no doubt - hopefully we have the legs and creativity to put Milan to the sword. Need to hit them early; it’ll be a proper test for them to try get a comfortable foothold in the game with SJP rocking early.

Mick L adds: Really looking forward to this game. Excited, nervous, hopeful about NUFC.

Lewis W posted: Buzzing for this. Seen loads of magpies today, and even a badger yesterday which is a bit like a land magpie. I assume this can only be a good omen.

'A badger is a bit like a land magpie' is a fantastic line. Is Lewis W gunning for David Attenborough's role on Planet Earth?

Only TWO knockout places left to be decided

Only TWO knockout places left to be decided

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A total of 14 sides have already confirmed their progression into the knockout stages. Those teams are: Bayern Munich. FC Copenhagen, Arsenal, PSV, Real Madrid, Napoli, Real Sociedad, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Barcelona.

One of Newcastle, AC Milan and PSG, from Group F, will progress. Other than that, there's only one other spot up for grabs, in Group H.

Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk meet in the final group game: Porto need to avoid defeat to make it into the knockouts, while Shakhtar will need to beat them to advance. What a story it would be if Ukrainian side Shakhtar go through. They also play tonight at 8pm GMT.

Dive deeper: Group F ('group of death') permutations

 Group F ('group of death') permutations

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Let's look closer at Group F, involving Newcastle and Milan. The ‘Group of Death’ has lived up to its billing so far this season.

Every matchday has been breathtaking and Mbappe’s 98th-minute penalty last time out in the UCL denied Newcastle United the opportunity to move into the top two in Group F.

It means the French champions have their fate in their own hands and a win away against Borussia Dortmund in the final game would see them join the Germans in the knockouts as group winners.

Newcastle need to beat AC Milan at home to have any chance of progression. They will qualify for the last 16 with a victory if PSG are unable to win in Dortmund. As for Milan, they need a victory away to Newcastle while also needing PSG to lose.

Join the conversation using our 'Discuss' tab

If you want to get involved in our discussion tab, you can do so by following the link at the top of the page and clickable here.

Give your pre-match predictions, let us know your thoughts during the game, chat to other fans, ask us a question if you're not sure about anything.

We'll feature some of the comments and questions in this live blog too.

Champions League permutations

Newcastle United’s chances of a place in the Champions League knockout phase are down to the final game.

Eddie Howe’s side’s hopes were dented by a 98th-minute penalty from Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe last time out and leaves them needing a win and a favourable result in Dortmund to make it through Group F.

Manchester United’s own Champions League journey is over in the group stage. Arsenal, meanwhile, topped their group with a game to spare, as did defending champions Manchester City.

Here is what each team needs to make it through.

 Who can reach the knockouts – and who is out?

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Champions League permutations: Who can reach the knockouts – and who is out?

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How to watch: Newcastle vs Milan

You can tune into the action, without forgetting about this live blog of course, via the following channels.

UK: TNT Sports 1.

US: Paramount+.

Our venue tonight

Our venue tonight

Capacity: 52,305.

Stairs for away fans to climb: About double that (not really).

'Tough place to come' rating I just completely made up: 8/10.

When does the match kick off?

The game begins at 8pm GMT in the UK, 3pm ET and 12pm (midday) PT in the US.

Hello and welcome to tonight's Champions League live blog!

Newcastle vs Milan.

The final game in the group of death, hosted in a small but noisy corner of north-east England with the Champions League knockout stages on the line.

Both sides need a win. And even then it might not be enough. It's do-or-die, and it's live, right here, tonight.

Not to go all Fabrizio Romano on you, but here we go!

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