Newcastle denied win in Paris after VAR controversy

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Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw against PSG after VAR handed the French champions a controversial penalty in the dying embers of the game. 

Kylian Mbappe scored a controversial late penalty to deny the Toon Army an impressive and hard-fought win in the French capital, with the draw at least keeping the visitors in the fight to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

The spot-kick was awarded after review by the video assistant referee, with referee Szymon Marciniak consulting the pitchside monitor before ruling Tino Livramento had handled the ball inside the box when blocking a cross.

It was a cruel blow for Eddie Howe’s side, who had looked on course to secure a hugely impressive win after Aleksander Isak took advantage of a mistake from Gianluigi Donnarumma in the first half. 

Eddie Howe will take positives despite late heartache

It was a gritty display at the Parc des Princes and it needed to be as PSG created a number of chances but were unable to breakdown a stubborn Newcastle side.

The draw does leave Howe’s side relying on others to secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League which will no doubt fuel the fire of motivation against AC Milan.

The result means Newcastle are third in Group F, two points behind second-placed PSG and needing to beat Milan in their final group game while hoping an already qualified Borussia Dortmund avoid defeat against the French side.

There are plenty of connotations and variables out of control of Howe, but putting in the level of performance they have done should serve as motivation against the Italian side.

Lewis Miley stands out

It was another mature display from the youngster who has benefitted from the recent injury crisis in the north east. He fitted into the display with ease and was key in the build-up to the opening goal.

He drifted wide to cause an overload on PSG left-back Lucas Hrenandez, making the overlapping run to allow Miguel Almiron to advance into a shooting position.

He’s been a stand-out in recent weeks and just seems to get better and better as weeks and games go by.

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