Newcastle United played very well against Benfica in Lisbon tonight, but second half defensive mistakes by Davide Santon and Steven Taylor gave Benfica a 3-1 victory – with Cisse scoring first for Newcastle after just 12 minutes, and he also hit the post in each half – and with any luck Papiss could have had a hat-trick tonight.
Papiss Cisse scores after just 12 minutes
And Alan Pardew was rightly proud of the effort his team put in tonight, as he had this to say to BBC Sport immediately after the game:
“I thought we did so much right to get into a great position. We had taken the sting out of them, then we gifted them a goal,”
“I thought Steven Taylor was desperately unlucky for the penalty; it just was not to be. I cannot fault the players, it was a great effort. We came here to have a go at them.”
Davide Santon’s disastrous mistake let Benfica in after 66 minutes, when he tried a pass back from the left-wing to goalkeeper Krul, but substitute Lima was on it like a flash and five minutes later Steven Taylor handled from a corner and Cordozo scored from the penalty spot at the second attempt – after the first conversion was disallowed for encroachment.
This was a good performance from Newcastle, but when Cisse hit the post for a second time a minute into the second half, you got the feeling this may not be Newcastle’s night.
But we were so much better than that pathetic performance last Saturday – and we gave Benfica a game tonight.
Now we must beat Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
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