December 12, 2023

On Wednesday night (kickoff at 8pm), Newcastle United takes on AC Milan in the Champions League with the possibility of qualifying for the round of 16—but they will require a favor from Borussia Dortmund.


The Magpies’ previous encounter with Paris Saint-Germain came within a hair’s breadth of a historic victory, but a contentious penalty kick by Kylian Mbappe in the 98th minute caused the game to end in a 1-1 draw.


Newcastle was consequently deprived of the opportunity to advance to the next round. Eddie Howe’s team needs to defeat Milan and hope that PSG loses to Dortmund, who have already secured a spot in the playoffs.


Howe’s team knows that avoiding defeat will ensure a spot in the Europa League’s next round, which also starts in February, even if PSG beat United to second place.


Because of this, Bruno Guimaraes may have to tread carefully when it comes to discipline against the Serie A powerhouses tomorrow night. If he receives a yellow card, he will have to miss the Brazilian’s next European game in 2022–2023.


In accordance with UEFA Regulation 52.03: “Single yellow cards and pending suspensions are always carried forward either to the next stage of the competition, to the UEFA Europa League or to the UEFA Europa Conference League in the current season.”


In this season’s Champions League matches against PSG and Dortmund, Guimaraes has received one booking. Receiving three cautions prior to the quarterfinals will automatically result in a one-match suspension.


The 26-year-old has participated in all five of Newcastle’s Group F games. The midfielder has not won any of United’s six Premier League games since making his full debut in March 2022.


The former Lyon player was last seen missing last month’s 2-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth due to a total of five Premier League yellow cards.

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