Newcastle Get Benfica In Europa League Quarter Finals


Newcastle have just been drawn against Portuguese side Benfia in the Europa League quarter finals.

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The rest of the draw was as follows:

Fenerbahce v Lazio

Tottenham v Basel

Chelsea v Rubin Kazan

So the three English teams avoided each other, and there’s now  a chance of having three English teams in the semi-finals.

This is not a bad draw for Newcastle, and we could have drawn a more difficult side, so we must have a decent chance of getting through to the last four for the first time since the great Bobby Robson took us there in 2004 against Marseilles.

Bottom line – we must stand an excellent chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Newcastle will travel to Lisbon in the first-leg on Thursday, 4th April (just less than three weeks time), and then we play the second leg at home – which is an advantage – on Thursday, 11th April.

The quarter final draw for the Champions League ended up as follows:

Bayern Munich v Juventus

PSG v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Galatasaray

Malaga v Dortmund

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98 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Not the best not the worse. Have to beat strong teams if you want to win. HWTL!

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  • barkintoonfan9

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    fisrt

    decent draw celtic beat the, so we should be able too!!
    toon army

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like we’ll have two away games at the stadium of shite lads!!!

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  • spitfire_

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    The second leg is a days before the game against the scum… so no travel which is good.

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    yessssss we get benfica

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    us vs lazio in semi hopefully 😛

    excited

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Benfica

    top of the portugese league
    Unbeaten in 22 games.
    18 wins 4 Draw’s 0 Loses.

    ….

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  • barkintoonfan9

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    sorry for the spelling mistakes so excited hahah!!

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  • barkel

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Tough draw but I dont think there are any easy games left. Score draw in Portugal and take them back to St James’ and rip them apart!

    HTL!! Toon toon

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Cool Draw…..better than drawing the english teams and better than playing in an empty stadium in rome or istanbul

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  • El Sleeve

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    its more than doable. worry about who we’d get in the semi’s

    could be shaping up for an all english final

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    ibiza im worried, throw me some optimism!

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  • Jonny

    Mar 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Good team and good match

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  • DokToon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    i like the draw…

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    phoenix that’s Portuguese league even anzhi had such record in there league and in Europe but we did beat them and didn’t even conceded a goal

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  • Joe Blog

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Good, finally a proper European tie against a ‘classic’, elite European team.

    65,000 at their ground and hopefully a sell-out back at St James’.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Is anyone saving their money up for Amsterdam in may??? 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Carrying…Did you catch it? My aim is a little suspect at times 🙂

    No one thought we’d get this far, but here we are. Certainly doable, I only see reasons to be optimistic…we’re in the quarters…let’s just enjoy it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Benfica – wow!! The real Stadium of Light. We will have to improve a lot to have a chance though. I reckon Benfica will be pleased to draw us. Such excitement!!! Howay the lads – I’m shaking from watching the draw. !!!

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  • DevonMag

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Repost:

    obviously a very, very tough draw. But it’s a GLAMOUR draw lads and that’s what we’re here for, isn’t it? Chuffed we don’t have to play the English boys. Benfica in a European quarter final? Err, yes please!

    And we’re home second leg. Frankly, I’m bored of the Maritimo/Kharkiv/Brugges ties, Anzhi are the best team we’ve played and I’m older than them FFS! Obviously would have preferred to draw a big boy in the semis/final but Spurs have already put Lyon and Inter out so if we want to win the cup this is the calibre of team we should be beating. Buzzing!

    Transfer Sage I said to my old man last night ‘I hope we get Lazio or Benfica.’ He wanted Chelsea the numpty…

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  • WesJameson

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    @ ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    WOW, well spotted, tough game, tough team…BUT 100% do-able

    HOWAY!!!

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  • LeToonARMY

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I dont think they are better then last nights team in all honesty. Benfica have lots of Brazilians and we just beat a team like that without the light s of Krul, Ben Arfa and Cabaye not to mention they had Et’o on their team so lets get all our players fit and lets march our way to the semi’ Howay the lads. Toon Army

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    In all seriousness they are a strong side but I believe we can beat them. We will have Tim Krul back by then and HBA should be fitter and readier. We are a good team and disciplined at the back. Why not eh?

    Let’s do it!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Carrying…That a boy 🙂

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah very happy with the draw by that time we should be pretty much safe in the league and Arfa should be playing as well so we have a good chance

    Celtic beat Benfica and they are not the force they used to be the way we defend in Europe makes us very difficult to score against and Benfica will struggle to break us down can see us winning 1 or 2 nil on aggregate will be close games again

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  • Joe Blog

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Who cares about their stats in their league? Them and Porto have stats like that every year.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Is it true we’ve never played benfica competitively? Just seen that on the official site 🙂

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  • DokToon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #28

    am beginning the ban on all things portuguese inmy house and my local… lol…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #29

    So not Basle as hoped but a great trip to Portugal in spring.

    I have often criticised Pardew but I thought he was brave last night in his team selection, dropping Simmo and Jonas and was also quite inspired putting Campbell on to turn up the Geordie roar just at the right time.

    It’s great that while Benny has been injured, Marveaux has started coming to the fore. His passes to Ba V Arsenal, to Cisse v Stoke and last night were absolute top drawer quality. What a player we potentially have played in the right position. Players like him are priceless. Somehow have to get him in the team with that ability and brain to unlock things

    Big Krul fan but love how Elliot gets on with it with his quick passes out to get things in motion.

    Also MYM – the black Woodgate. Sheer class

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  • Bambams

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Playing a real European club….. Must admit I dont think we will get away with only scoring one goal against this team.

    Would love to go to this one (Benfica), think Mrs Bambam might need convincing. ….

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Great game.

    A proper European tie. Big crowds home and away.

    I think it is possible….I think we are better than celtic and they have shown that a bit of luck and fight and you can beat these bigger teams.

    We have a fair chance to go through but at the same time it’s a game we should just try to enjoy, win or lose.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m so excited!!!! Mind you, we wont have a prayer if we dont start creating a few more chances.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33

    rotonda

    My only criticism of last night was putting campbell more left side, not his natural position and it’s hard enough making your 3rd game when in your right position.

    Can see why he did it though, pace out on the flank and somebody who knows where the goal is…and your right gave the crowd a lift.

    Just a slight criticism but loved the adventurous team that was put out.

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  • TheToonKing

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Benfica is probably the best team left in this competition. They are CL material . But then again so was Anzhi

    We’ll need luck, but we can beat them. Extremely difficult though.

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  • Minato

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Tough draw…but I think we can do it….for the record Celtic lost and drew to Benfica in the group stages… 0-0 at home and lost 2-1 away. Not that it matters anyway…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    NUFC Leazes end

    I didn’t want to tempt fate but could you just imagine winning it in Amsterdam. It’d be the biggest party and black and white invasion ever.

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  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #37

    sounds good if for no other reason that Portugal’s warmer than Basel, Istanbul or wherever Ruben Khazan is, at the mo! Pity that Chelski and Sperz weren’t drawn to play each other tho! I’d. like to see Sperz go out in any event!!!

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  • dcdick

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Best draw possible for me………..Benfica v Toon ….

    Brilliant !!!!!

    Starting to get excited now 🙂

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  • martoon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ll have to play Shola in the away leg – he loves scoring at the stadium of light 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster

    Somehow we have to get Benny and Marv in the same team if we want to create anything, even if it means moving Sissoko back to the position we originally bought him for.

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