AC Milan vs Newcastle LIVE: Champions League result and final score as Nick Pope saves deny hosts

Newcastle marked their return to the Champions League after a two-decade absence with a hard-fought 0-0 draw with AC Milan at San Siro on Tuesday, as the Serie A club spurned numerous opportunities in the Group F opener.

Milan winger Rafael Leao kept the Newcastle defence busy throughout the contest and had his best opportunity in the 34th minute, but he miscued an elaborate backheel after skipping past two defenders.

He was also wasteful in the second half, firing a header over the bar after Alessandro Florenzi found him with an inch-perfect cross. The visitors’ attacking efforts were limited to counter-attacks and the English side recorded just one shot on target.

The draw could hurt both teams’ prospects in a challenging group, which features Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain and 1997 winners Borussia Dortmund.

AC Milan vs Newcastle live

  • AC Milan draw with Newcastle in Champions League group stage opener

  • Newcastle played their first Champions League campaign for 20 years

  • 66’ CLOSE! - Reijinders finds Pope after a nice run into the box (MIL 0-0 NEW)

  • 31’ SHOT! - Giroud misses the target from close range (MIL 0-0 NEW)

  • 19’ CHANCE! - Hernandez’s header is tipped over the bar by Pope (MIL 0-0 NEW)

  • 13’ SAVE! - A double stop from Nick Pope keeps things all square (MIL 0-0 NEW)

AC Milan 0 - 0 Newcastle United FC

Newcastle earn Milan draw but ‘group of death’ will reveal its true value

20:36 , Jamie Braidwood

Twenty years ago, Newcastle United went to the San Siro and came away with a draw. Two decades later and, in their first Champions League away match since, Eddie Howe’s side just about managed to hang on in order to repeat the feat. A goalless draw against AC Milan lacked the scoreline of that previous 2-2 against Inter in 2003, but given the dominance of the Italian side and the sheer amount of their chances the hosts wasted, this will go down as a valuable point on Newcastle’s long-awaited return to Europe’s top table.

Whether it is enough in a group that also contains Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund feels like a separate issue, and whether, in time, the Premier League side may regret not doing more to try and take three, but even asking that question is a sign of how much has changed in 20 years.

Newcastle earn Milan draw but ‘group of death’ will reveal its true value

Eddie Howe feels Newcastle’s point at AC Milan will ‘look better and better’

21:37 , Jamie Braidwood

Eddie Howe feels the hard-fought point with which Newcastle emerged from their trip to AC Milan could serve them well as their Champions League campaign continues.

The Magpies, who needed goalkeeper Nick Pope to make five first-half saves to ensure they came away from San Siro with a 0-0 draw, managed to frustrate the hosts for long periods and open their Group F account on their return to European football’s top table after an absence of two decades.

Head coach Howe said: “I thought the crowd were very good for Milan tonight. It was a hostile atmosphere for us, the players had to adjust to that and that’s why I don’t think you can underestimate the performance and the point that we get.

“I think it will look better and better as time goes on because it’s a new experience for a lot of people – me included – tonight and hopefully we can grow from this into the tournament.

“Again, I’ll praise the players for the defensive qualities that they showed today. We know we can do better with the ball, but hopefully that will come.”

Eddie Howe feels Newcastle’s point at AC Milan will ‘look better and better’

Rafael Leao guilty of bad miss as Newcastle earn point in UCL opener at AC Milan

20:06 , Mike Jones

Rafael Leao was guilty of an incredible miss which let Newcastle off the hook as their Champions League opener at AC Milan finished goalless.

The Portugal international, who was Newcastle star Sandro Tonali’s team-mate at San Siro until his £53million summer switch to Tyneside, completely fluffed his lines with only goalkeeper Nick Pope to beat after attempting an audacious flick at the end of a stunning 34th-minute run and only succeeded in tripping himself.

Pope will feel he had already earned his slice of good fortune after making five first-half saves in the space of six minutes to pave the way for a 0-0 draw which banked a priceless first point for the Magpies’ Group F account on their return to European football’s top table after an absence of 20 years.

Rafael Leao guilty of bad miss as Newcastle earn point in UCL opener at AC Milan

FT AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:53 , Mike Jones

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FT AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:49 , Mike Jones

Newcastle will come away happy with that result. Based on the stats they should have lost that game heavily but Nick Pope was brilliant in goal and kept them in the game.

Sean Longstaff almost nicked the three points right at the end of the game too.

There’s plenty for Eddie Howe to work on over the coming weeks but tonight’s match made it clear that Newcastle’s home games are crucial if they’re to get through to the knockouts.

Man City vs Red Star Belgrade

19:45 , Mike Jones

There’ll be a bit of reaction coming up from the San Siro but now our focus is heading to Manchester where Pep Guardiola’s Champions League winners get their campaign started when they take on Red Star Belgrade.

You can follow this game right here:

Man City vs Red Star Belgrade LIVE: Latest Champions League updates

Full-time! AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:42 , Mike Jones

90+5 mins: Newcastle push right at the end of the match for a winner with Sean Longstaff smoking a good effort at goal only for Marco Sportiello to tip the ball over the crossbar.

The whistle goes after Milan deal with the corner and the points are shared in Milan. It’s a decent start to their Champions League campaign for Eddie Howe’s men.

They’ll be looking at winning this contest when they play each other at St. James’ Park.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:38 , Mike Jones

90+3 mins: Kieran Trippier hustles across the pitch and times a sliding tackle to perfection to stop Milan from getting any further on the counter-attack.

Two minutes left in the game. Newcastle are fully playing for a point now.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:36 , Mike Jones

90 mins: Five minutes of added time to play at the end of this half as Milan win themselves a corner.

Pulisic takes it but Harvey Barnes, now on the pitch, manages to shuffle it away from the penalty area under pressure from Theo Hernandez.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:33 , Mike Jones

87 mins: Shot! Newcastle push high up the pitch but lose the ball to Olivier Girioud who carries it the full length of the pitch. He’s got options on both sides but decides to go for goal himself and smokes a left-footed effort straight into the hands of Nick Pope.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:30 , Mike Jones

84 mins: Kieran Trippier lifts a long free kick into the box for Newcastle and looks for Dan Burn who rises above his marker without too much trouble.

Burn’s header isn’t the best and goes wide of the nearest post.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:26 , Mike Jones

81 mins: Here’s something you don’t see often. Mike Maignan, Milan’s goalkeeper, has sat on the deck before signalling over to the bench saying he needs to come off.

Marco Sportiello, amazing name by the way, comes on to replace him for the final 10 minutes. Can Newcastle take advantage of the change in keeper?

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:23 , Mike Jones

78 mins: Florenzi swings another cross into the box for Milan and looks for Hernandez at the back post. Almiron is on hand to once again deny him a clear chance at goal.

Newcastle are defending well here. It’ll be a deserved draw if they can hang on.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:20 , Mike Jones

75 mins: Nearly! Musah’s first real involvement sees him work the ball down the right side before flicking into the feet of Pulisic. He knocks the ball on to Giroud who attempts another overhead kick but doesn’t connect with the ball.

The ball looks to be bobbling across for Theo Hernandes to strike one but Miguel Almiron sprints over and pokes it away from the attacking defender.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:17 , Mike Jones

72 mins: Ruben Loftus-Cheek has picked up a knock for Milan and needs to be replaced. Yunus Musah jogs onto the pitch for the final 20 minutes or so.

Elliot Anderson is also given a run out in the Champions League as he replaces Sandro Tonali for Newcastle. Tonali is warmly clapped off the pitch but the home fans who remember the time he was at the club.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:14 , Mike Jones

69 mins: Newcastle have only made four attempts at goal - two in the first half and two in the second - compared to the 17 that Milan have tried.

We’re starting to get into the zone where a single goal either way will be enough to clinch victory. Newcastle need to find another gear if they want to win the game.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:10 , Mike Jones

66 mins: Close! Reijinders is into the action immediately after receiving a simple pass through the middle. He turns towards goal, twists his way into the box and gets space to shoot after Giroud leads a defender away with a fine run off the ball.

Reijinders’ shot is low but not very quick and Pope manages to drop down to smother it.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:08 , Mike Jones

63 mins: More changes for Milan now as Tommaso Pobega and Samuel Chukwueze are taken off to be replaced with Christian Pulisic and Tijjani Reijinders.

Eddie Howe looks to his bench as well with Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron taking the places of Anthony Gordon and Jacob Murphy.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:05 , Mike Jones

60 mins: Half an hour to play at the San Siro. The game has developed a stop-start rhythm which is limiting the amount of chances being created.

Milan like pace and flow but there’s no mojo to their play as Newcastle focus on maintaining a compact defensive shape.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

19:02 , Mike Jones

57 mins: Danger for Newcastle here as Milan win a free kick over to the left of the penalty area. Pobega and Krunic are the two men standing over the dead ball before it gets whipped into the box.

Nick Pope comes out to deal with it but a Newcastle defender gets high early and nods the ball clear.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:58 , Mike Jones

54 mins: The tempo of the second half has slowed down as Milan try to get themselves back up to speed. When they inject pace into their play they have the capability to surprise Newcastle who need to remain switched on, especially at the back.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:57 , Mike Jones

51 mins: Fabian Schar goes in the book after a leap into the air with Tommaso Pobega. He leaves his elbow in on the back of Pobega’s head and is spotted by the referee who pulls out a yellow card.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:52 , Mike Jones

48 mins: That’s positive for Newcastle. Anthony Gordon is given the ball and runs out to the left along the front edge of the box.

He lays the ball back to Sandro Tonali who shifts it onto his right foot and looks to curl a shot into the far corner only for his effort to get blocked and booted away.

Newcastle need to take more shots and chances if they’re going to win this one.

Second half! AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:50 , Mike Jones

There’s only one substitution at the break and it comes from AC Milan. The captain, Davide Calabria, is hooked off with Alessandro Florenzi replacing him at right-back.

Newcastle are unchanged as the hosts kick off the second half.

Newcastle fans confident about safety in Milan despite stabbing of supporter

18:43 , Mike Jones

Newcastle fans headed for San Siro on Tuesday evening confident they were safe after one supporter was stabbed as thousands gathered in Milan.

Local police confirmed that a 58-year-old Magpies supporter had suffered three wounds in an incident at around midnight on Monday after being set upon by a group of up to eight men wearing hoodies in the popular Navigli area of the city.

A police spokesperson told the PA news agency: “The incident took place about midnight in the neighbourhood of Navigli, which is populated with bars.

Newcastle fans confident about safety in Milan despite stabbing of supporter

HT AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:38 , Mike Jones

A frustrating first half for Milan who have had less possession but created the better chances by far. Nick Pope has been fantastic in goal for Newcastle who will hope to push further on in the second half.


Half-time! AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:33 , Mike Jones

45 mins: Anthony Gordon holds his ground as Samuel Chukwueze looks to get into the box from the right. He dinks the ball past the Newcastle winger but Dan Burn is on top of him in a flash and boots the ball out of play.

No nonsense defending from the big man. The whistle then goes for half-time. Nothing to separate the two teams thus far.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:31 , Mike Jones

43 mins: Dan Burn looks for a cheeky lofted pass down the left wing to feed the ball up to Anthony Gordon but knocks it out of play. He then gives away a free kick for a late tackle and is showing a few signs of nerves.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:28 , Mike Jones

40 mins: Davide Calabria is booked for a bit of dissent and nothing sums up Milan’s evening more than the captain getting a yellow card for shouting at the referee in frustration.

They’ve been the better team but haven’t had the clinical edge in front of goal.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:25 , Mike Jones

37 mins: Considering that there hasn’t been any goals yet, this match has been a belter so far. AC Milan are rapid on the counter-attack with Newcastle’s backline looking increasingly nervous.

A cross comes across to Leao who nods it into the six-yard box. Giroud attempts a bicycle kick but misses the ball and Samuel Chukwueze’s follow up effort is headed over the crossbar.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:23 , Mike Jones

34 mins: Off the line! Newcastle are living on the edge here. A chipped pass comes to Rafael Leao who flicks it on before getting fed in behind the Newcastle defence by Theo Hernandez.

Leao weaves into the box, cuts past two defenders but messes up what should have been a simple shot. Newcastle can’t clear the danger though and shots from first Tommaso Pobega and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are blocked with one even cleared away from the goal line.

Somehow Newcastle survive.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:19 , Mike Jones

31 mins: Shot! Milan burst up the pitch on the counter-attack with Theo Hernandez flying down the left wing. He keeps the ball in play and pings a low cross into the box.

Olivier Giroud arrives close to the near post but turns his effort wide of the target! That was a close one.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:16 , Mike Jones

28 mins: Newcastle win a free kick in the middle of the pitch and knock the ball back to their defence. A cross field pass is won in the air by Anthony Gordon who also earns another free kick after being brough down by Milan captain Davide Calabria.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:15 , Mike Jones

25 mins: AC Milan have had eight attempts at goal already with six of those on target. Nick Pope is earning his paycheck so far tonight.

The longer Newcastle can keep them quiet the more likely it’ll be that Eddie Howe’s men can get a goal of their own.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:08 , Mike Jones

22 mins: Ruben Loftus-Cheek finds himself with the ball on the inside right channel and he brings it up into the final third before letting fly with a relatively powerful strike.

The shot is decent enough but continues to rise and Nick Pope calmly watches it sail over the top of his goal.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:07 , Mike Jones

19 mins: Chance! Milan continue to create the best chances in this game and Nick Pope continues to deny them. A corner ball is swung into the middle of the box by Rade Krunic who expertly picks out the arriving Theo Hernandez.

His header is knocked into the deck but bounces up to the nice height for Pope who tips it over the crossbar. Newcastle then defend the next set piece well and earn themselves a goal kick.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:03 , Mike Jones

16 mins: Newcastle were under pressure as Milan looked to press their possession into an opening goal.

Nick Pope makes another couple of decent interventions to keep the ball away from his goal before the Magpies manage to work it to the opposite side of the pitch.

They’ll be relishing a bit of respite now.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

18:01 , Mike Jones

13 mins: Save! Nick Pope comes to Newcastle’s rescue after they give the ball away inside their own half. The defenders are scrambling to retreat as the ball is sent across to Tommaso Pobega.

Pobega takes a touch and blitzes a fine shot at goal but Pope leaps to his right and palms the ball away.

Milan aren’t done though and recycle the ball with a cross to the back post. Samuel Chukwueze is on hand to turn the ball towards goal but Pope has the nearest post covered and makes another great stop.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

17:58 , Mike Jones

11 mins: A lovely switch of play from Newcastle sends the ball across the pitch to Anthony Gordon. He brings it down and taps a short pass past Davide Calabria before sprinting in behind the defender and collecting the loose ball.

Gordon dribbles into the box but his final touch is poor and he can’t pick out a teammate in the area. Milan work the ball away.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

17:55 , Mike Jones

8 mins: This has been a decent start from Newcastle. Sandro Tonali goes on a fine run down the left channel and carries the ball to the byline. He comes into the box and holds off Davide Calabria before pulling a pass back to the middle.

Milan’s players all go up saying Tonali ran the ball out of play before he passed and the referee agrees. He awards the hosts a goal kick.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

17:51 , Mike Jones

5 mins: Shot! Milan work the ball nicely over to the left side of the pitch where Rafael Leao collects the ball.

The dangerous forward cuts inside and lets fly on a shot from outside the box but it’s a simple enough save for Nick Pope who gets in behind the ball and scoops it up safely.

AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

17:50 , Mike Jones

3 mins: Milan take over possession and start to build slowly from the back getting goalkeeper Mike Maignan involved in the play. He knocks it over to the right side of the pitch where Ruben Loftus-Cheek manages to get into space alongside the Newcastle box.

He is marked well and has to retreat slightly as there’s no way into the penalty area.

Kick off! AC Milan 0-0 Newcastle

17:48 , Mike Jones

Newcastle get the game started and boot it long down the left side of the pitch. Alexander Isak brings the aerial ball under control and offloads it out wide.

An early cross into the middle is recovered by Theo Hernandez who clears Milan’s lines without too much trouble.

AC Milan vs Newcastle

17:43 , Mike Jones

Here come the teams.

Kieran Trippier leads out Newcastle at the San Siro for their first European game in 10 years. It’s been two decades since the Magpies last played in the Champions League.

Will they be celebrating a victory later?

How the Champions League lost its spark and led to the end of an era

17:40 , Mike Jones

There was a rare wistfulness around the Champions League draw in Monaco, where football’s most powerful and wealthy gathered in a fittingly ostentatious setting. An era was about to pass.

If the competition’s group stage has recently become a round to pay minimal attention to, this is a season to really savour it. That is because it’s the last one before the introduction of the Swiss system.

This will be the last campaign we go through the satisfying symmetry of the round-robin, hoping it builds up to one of those final matchdays – part of a lexicon that is the stage’s legacy – where it is anything but symmetrical and chaos reigns. The clean nature of the format has produced some wonderfully untidy endings.

How the Champions League lost its spark and led to the end of an era

AC Milan vs Newcastle

17:35 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe hopes his side will not freeze as they return to the big stage, regardless of the calibre of their opponents.

“There’s no negativity from us towards the draw,” he said. “It’s challenging but there’s some great European games to experience and great places to visit for our supporters.

“It’s a great thing.”

The defiant message behind Newcastle’s complicated Champions League return

17:30 , Mike Jones

As the final whistle blew, cementing a season of overachievement, Newcastle United’s fans were singing a version of a favourite chant, with the lyrics customised as their horizons broadened. “Tell me ma” often contains the assertion that “we’re going to Wembley,” even if the Carabao Cup final was actually Newcastle’s first trip to the national stadium in the 21st century. But as Nick Pope’s late save secured a draw against Leicester to clinch a top-four finish, the destination was changed. “We’re going to Italy,” they chorused; sooner than they thought, perhaps.

Newcastle’s first Champions League game in two decades is at San Siro, against the seven-time champions of the continent, AC Milan. It does not necessarily render them underdogs: not when Newcastle had the financial muscle to sign Sandro Tonali, the Rossoneri fan who was seen as future club captain, this summer. The picture can be clouded both on and off the pitch: Stefano Pioli’s team were Champions League semi-finalists last season but lost the Milan derby 5-1 to Inter on Saturday.

The defiant message behind Newcastle’s complicated Champions League return

AC Milan vs Newcastle

17:25 , Mike Jones

As the players head out for warm ups and pitch inspections, the Newcastle fans are relishing the sunshine on their first European tour for a decade.

Will they be celebrating later on?


AC Milan vs Newcastle

17:20 , Mike Jones

AC Milan won 11 of their last 19 matches on Matchday 1 of the Champions League, drawing five times and losing on only three occasions across those games.

Newcastle are going to be up against it today.

Champions League group stage changes: What will the tournament look like next season?

17:15 , Mike Jones

It’s the end of an era for the Champions League, as the tournament plays out the last season of its current format before major changes are introduced in 2024.

The most significant reforms to the Champions League in a generation were announced by Uefa in 2021, days before the failed European Super League plot was launched back in 2021, and they received unanimous backing from the European Club Association and Uefa Club Competitions Committee.

It confirmed plans to change the format of European football’s top club competition from 2024, giving the tournament its first new look in 20 years. The proposals were not met with the same level of backlash that greeted the Super League plans but were still criticised by leading fans’ groups, including the Football Supporters’ Association [FSA].

What will the new Champions League group stage look like next season?

Who are TNT Sports’ Champions League presenters, commentators and pundits?

17:10 , Mike Jones

TNT Sports’ football coverage will be led by four female presenters this season as it seeks to “push the boundaries” of sports broadcasting.

TNT Sports is the new name for the channel formerly known as BT Sport, with Laura Woods confirmed as host of its Champions League coverage alongside Reshmin Chowdhury. Jake Humphrey, who fronted BT’s Champions League coverage last season, stepped back from his role in May.

Lynsey Hipgrave will continue to host live Premier League coverage on TNT Sports, having done so since the start of last season, while Jules Breach has replaced Des Kelly as the broadcaster’s pitchside reporter.

Who are TNT Sports’ Champions League presenters, commentators and pundits?

AC Milan vs Newcastle

17:05 , Mike Jones

Not all of Newcastle’s players are Champions League novices: Kieran Trippier, Sandro Tonali, Sven Botman, Bruno Guimarães and Alexander Isak have all played in the competition before.

With 30 appearances to his name, including the 2019 final, former Tottenham and Atlético defender Trippier is by far the most experienced.

AC Milan line-ups

17:00 , Mike Jones

Here’s the Milan team to take on Newcastle today:

AC Milan XI: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Thiaw, Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Chukqueze, Giroud, Leao

AC Milan vs Newcastle

16:55 , Mike Jones

AC Milan have claimed the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions, with only Real Madrid winning more. Their most recent title victory came against an English side, Liverpool, in 2007.

Will they prove to be too good for Newcastle tonight?

Howe ready for ‘proud moment’ as Champions League manager

16:50 , Mike Jones

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says it will be a "proud moment" when he attends his first Champions League game and leads the Magpies against AC Milan at the San Siro.

The trip to Italy marks a return to Europe’s top competition for Newcastle after 20 years away and a first for Howe since he became a football manager.

"It is a game of football and I think that’s just how we have to approach it," said Howe, "Yes, it’s a special game and we have to be at our best."

Newcastle fan stabbed in Milan ahead of Champions League match

16:45 , Mike Jones

A Newcastle United supporter is in hospital in Milan after being stabbed on Monday night.

Newcastle fans have flocked to Italy to watch their club play against AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday, in what will be their first Champions League match for 20 years.

Eddie McKay, 58, was with his son and a friend when they were attacked by a group of men wearing hoodies at around midnight near the centre of the city, before police intervened. He was stabbed in the back and arms after he fell while trying to run away. Photos showed a shirtless man with a Newcastle United tattoo lying on the street in a pool of blood, being treated by medics before being taken away in an ambulance.

Newcastle fan stabbed in Milan ahead of Champions League match

Newcastle’s last European match

16:40 , Mike Jones

Newcastle’s last game in Europe was over 10 years ago, when Alan Pardew’s team reached the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 Europa League.

After losing 3-1 to Benfica in Lisbon, a second-half Papiss Cisse goal gave the Magpies hope at St James’ Park, only for Eduardo Salvio’s late strike to earn the Portuguese side a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Can they mark their return to European competition with a victory tonight?

Newcastle team changes

16:34 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe makes three changes to the Newcastle team that defeated Brentford in the Premier League at the weekend. Sandro Tonali, Alexander Isak and Jacob Murphy all come in with Elliot Anderson, Harvey Barnes and Callum Wilson dropping out.

Newcastle line-up

16:32 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe has named his first Champions League starting XI. Here’s how it looks:

Newcastle XI: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Bruno Guimaraes, Longstaff, Tonali, Murphy, Gordon, Isak

Eddie Howe insists Newcastle’s delayed arrival into Milan ‘no big deal’

16:25 , Mike Jones

Eddie Howe has insisted the weather which delayed Newcastle’s arrival in Italy will not derail their Champions League adventure.

The club’s European mission hardly got off to the most auspicious of starts when, having been given special dispensation to train on Tyneside on Monday morning rather than at the San Siro later in the day, they remained on the ground for more than two hours.

However, speaking at a press conference which finally got under way at around 9pm local time when it had initially been scheduled for 7pm, Howe was adamant preparations for a tough opening encounter with AC Milan would not be hampered as a result.

AC Milan vs Newcastle prediction

16:20 , Mike Jones

AC Milan are tricky opponents in the Champions League and will want to bounce back from their derby defeat at the weekend.

They’ll try to utilise the atmosphere of the San Siro to their advantage but Newcastle, buoyed by the prospect of once again playing in Europe, will have enough quality to keep them at bay for a slender win or, more likely, a scoring draw.

AC Milan 1-1 Newcastle

AC Milan vs Newcastle predicted line-ups

16:15 , Mike Jones

AC Milan: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Reijnders, Krunic, Loftus-Cheek; Chukwueze, Giroud, Leao

Newcastle XI: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Tonali, Guimaraes; Gordon, Isak, Barnes

What is the team news?

16:11 , Mike Jones

AC Milan are without centre-back Pierre Kalulu due to a thigh concern while Ismael Bennacer continues to recover from knee surgery. Fikayo Tomori was suspendes for Milan’s defeat to Inter at the weekend but is expected to come straight back into the starting XI for tonight’s game.

Newcastle’s Sandro Tonali will return to the San Siro despite picking up a knock while on international duty. He was on the bench for the win versus Brentford but is expected to feature for Eddie Howe’s men this evening. Joe Willock and Emil Krafth are out with respective calf and knee injuries while Joelinton (knee) is also absent.

How to watch AC Milan vs Newcastle

16:06 , Mike Jones

The match kicks off at 5.45pm BST on Tuesday 19 September at the San Siro in Italy.

AC Milan vs Newcastle will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 1 with coverage starting at 5pm. It will be streamed live on the Discovery+ app and desktop website for subscribers.

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AC Milan vs Newcastle

16:01 , Mike Jones

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action.

Newcastle are back in the big time after their fourth place finish in the Premier League last season and Eddie Howe’s men are being thrown in the deep end with a trip to the San Siro to face AC Milan.

It’s been 20 years since Newcastle last played in Europe’s top-flight but under Howe they have shown enough promise to hold their own against their more experienced opponents.

Tonight’s encounter should be an interesting one and should Newcastle win it will give them a huge boost ahead of facing Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund later in the group stages.

We’ll have all the build-up, team news and updates before kick off at 5.45pm so stick around.