Newcastle United player ratings: 9/10 'machine' & 'tired' 6/10 in heartbreaking defeat to AC Milan

Newcastle United player ratings: Eddie Howe's side miss out on Champions League and Europa League qualification after 2-1 defeat to AC Milan.

Newcastle United are out of Europe following a 2-1 defeat against AC Milan at St James' Park.

Eddie Howe's side needed to beat Milan and hope Paris Saint-Germain dropped points to Borussia Dortmund to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. That scenario played out at half-time as Joelinton put United in front.

PSG ended up drawing in Germany. A draw for United would have been enough for a Europa League spot but two second half goals from Milan ends Newcastle's European journey in the 2023-24 season.

Eddie Howe named one change from the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with Callum Wilson coming in for Alexander Isak, while the bench was bolstered by the return of Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff.

Despite Longstaff's return, Lewis Miley kept his place in the starting XI and set up Joelinton's goal in the 33rd minute as the Brazilian sent his shot into the top left corner.

News of Dortmund's lead filtered through to St James' Park in the 50th minute as the noise levels increased but the German side's advantage barely lasted as PSG levelled through Warren Zaire-Emery.

And soon after, Milan equalised via Christian Pulisic.

There was VAR drama in Germany when Kylian Mbappe had a goal disallowed for offside. But an emotionally draining night ended in United exiting Europe altogether after Samuel Chukwueze's 84th-minute.

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