PSG lost the midfield fight on Wednesday night, according to Lucas Hernandez, as Bruno Guimaraes, Sandro Tonali, and Sean Longstaff dominated Newcastle United’s 4-1 Champions League thrashing.

When your center-half curls one into the top corner from 25 yards out, you know it’s going to be a memorable night. That was absolutely the case for Newcastle United. All those years of underperformance and broken promises were erased in 90 beautiful minutes that no one on Tyneside will ever forget.

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Eddie Howe’s team annihilated one of the tournament favorites. Miguel Almiron, Dan Burn, Sean Longstaff, and Fabian Schar all left Gigi Donnarumma picking the ball out of his own net, with PSG’s £34 million World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez admitting that Luis Enrique’s side couldn’t cope with Newcastle’s energy and intensity in the middle of the park.

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The Magpies did not only triumph in the midfield duel. They splattered PSG’s intestines all over St James’ Park.

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“We understood it was a Champions League game. Individual errors occurred. We didn’t include all we needed on the pitch. “It was a forgettable match,” Hernandez, who scored PSG’s consolation goal in the second half, told RMC Sport.

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“They caused us problems in midfield.” We were vastly outnumbered.

“It is up to us to learn from our mistakes and get back on track.” We are all conscious of our roles in this team and in this club. It is up to us to demonstrate it on the pitch rather than in front of cameras or microphones.”

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On a night when PSG’s mega-money forwards failed to fire, Goncalo Ramos, as anonymous as Kylian Mbappe and Randal Kolo Muani, accepts that it was Newcastle’s fierce determination and refusal to give up on even the most desperate of lost causes that laid the groundwork for a famous European win. “We attempted to play our game.” They make an excellent team. “It’s a nightmare because it’s such a crushing defeat,” Ramos tells Canal Plus. “It’s a matter of small details, and Newcastle got them this evening.” They were stronger in the duels, and they capitalized on their opportunities.”

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