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Jittery Benfica rebuff Newcastle comeback

Published: Thursday 11 April 2013, 23.10CET
Newcastle United FC 1-1 SL Benfica (agg: 2-4)
Papiss Cissé's 71st-minute effort set up a frenetic finale but Benfica held on, Eduardo Salvio sealing a last-four place for the second time in three years.
by Andy Brassell
from St James' Park

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Match statistics

NewcastleBenfica

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners4
 
4
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
10
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 April 2013, 23.10CET

Jittery Benfica rebuff Newcastle comeback

Newcastle United FC 1-1 SL Benfica (agg: 2-4)
Papiss Cissé's 71st-minute effort set up a frenetic finale but Benfica held on, Eduardo Salvio sealing a last-four place for the second time in three years.

SL Benfica are through to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals for the second time in three seasons, but not without a stern examination from a spirited Newcastle United FC.

Papiss Cissé's header midway through the second half gave Alan Pardew's side hope, and they came close to a second that would have put them ahead in the tie following last week's 3-1 first-leg defeat. Benfica held on, finally killing off the challenge in stoppage time when Eduardo Salvio converted substitute Rodrigo's cross.

The Portuguese visitors had also made the early running. Tim Krul reacted sharply to parry Lima's back-heel but the goalkeeper then almost handed the visitors the lead, misjudging a long through pass. Lima cut the ball back to the edge of the area and Nicolás Gaitán, whose firm drive towards the gaping net was blocked by Massadio Haïdara.

The Magpies struggled to create, though they did have the ball in the net just before half-time. Gael Bigirimana's looping cross from the right was swept in by Cissé at the back post, but the forward had strayed offside. Alan Pardew sent on Shola Ameobi for Bigirimana at half-time to try and give his side attacking impetus, and the forward soon forced Artur into a sprawling save.

Benfica continued to threaten, though, and Ola John fired over before Gaitán sliced a good chance wide. On came Hatem Ben Arfa as Newcastle strived to get back into the tie and they did so on 71 minutes. Ben Arfa took advantage of hesitation between Nemanja Matić and Ezequiel Garay to feed Ameobi, and his deflected cross was nodded in by Cissé.

The home support cranked the volume up several notches and their players responded, but when Ben Arfa drove over after a jinking run, the game was up. Salvio made sure.

Last updated: 13/04/13 0.01CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

benfica

Benfica

1
KrulTim Krul (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
Yellow Card31
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye (C)
Yellow Card70
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
5
SimpsonDanny Simpson
11
LimaLima
Substitution72
6
WilliamsonMike Williamson
Yellow Card83
15
JohnOla John
Substitution76
7
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Goal90+2
Substitution90+3
8
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution63
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
9
CisséPapiss Cissé
Yellow Card67
Goal71
21
MatićNemanja Matić
13
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Yellow Card81
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
18
GutiérrezJonás Gutiérrez
25
MelgarejoLorenzo Melgarejo
20
BigirimanaGael Bigirimana
Substitution46
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
Yellow Card49
35
HaïdaraMassadio Haïdara
Substitution67
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card31

Substitutes

21
ElliotRob Elliot (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution63
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution72
14
PerchJames Perch
10
AimarPablo Aimar
15
GoslingDan Gosling
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
22
MarveauxSylvain Marveaux
Substitution67
19
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution76
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
Substitution46
33
JardelJardel
Substitution90+3
49
CampbellAdam Campbell
89
André GomesAndré Gomes

Coach

Alan Pardew (ENG) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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