A crushing 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 5 of the 2023/24 Champions League group stages did not end AC Milan’s hopes of progression, but only because Group F rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United drew in the French capital.
After Olivier Giroud missed an early penalty, Marco Reus immediately gave the Bundesliga club the lead from the spot, and although the Rossoneri equalised through Samuel Chukwueze just before the break, the Germans proved too strong.
With the hosts chasing a win to strengthen their chances of reaching the knockout stages, Bynoe Gittens and Karim Adeyemi scored midday through the second period to condemn the Diavolo.
The Rossoneri now travel to Newcastle knowing that nothing less than victory over the Premier League club can give them a feint chance of being in the draw for the Last 16, but even then their progress will be determined by ability to get a point or more when they visit Dortmund. If the Ligue 1 champions were to secure victory, the clash in England will only help decide who drops into the Europa League.