Newcastle 1 Benfica 1 – (Aggregate 2-4) – Full Match Report


1-1 in this game does not tell the real story of this game, as Newcastle went ahead with another headed goal from Papiss Cisse after 71 minutes, and almost had Benfica on the ropes,  as the lads went for the all important second goal,  and then a couple of minutes into stoppage time as Newcastle pressed forward, the Portuguese side had a quick breakaway that caught Newcastle short at the back and and they scored to kill the game.

papiss cisse and ben arfa afetr goal

One down and one to go
Cisse the scorer and Ben Arfa after Newcastle’s goal

And to be honest a breakaway goal was always on the cards throughout the game for Benfica – but near the end of the game Newcastle simply had to risk everything to go for glory – and the lads just missed out – after a magnificent and courageous performance from the Newcastle players.

And credit has to go to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches too, as they had the perfect game plan,  and it was very nearly executed to perfection.

Here’s how we saw the game as it happened – and I aged another couple of years.

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On three minutes Tim Krul had to block a shot from Lima as Benfica started the game quickly, and then after five minutes Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal had to claw away a left wing cross that was going in just under the cross-bar.

So two good save from Tim Krul in the first five minutes of the game.

Then on 13 minutes a through ball found Papiss Cisse free in the inside left position,  but he couldn’t control the ball and it went out for a goal kick.  Newcastle were finding it a bit difficult to get going, and it was obvious their number one purpose was to keep the game very tight at the back.

On 28 minutes Krul went for a ball on the right hand side of the penalty box,  but he had to release the ball when he went outside the box, and Lima put the ball inside to Gaitan who took a shot at goal.

But it was Massadio  Haidara reading the situation brilliantly who got back to kick the ball away as it was going in – that was a let-off for Newcastle.

Then on 34 minutes as Newcastle were coming more into the game,  a good move found Yohan Cabaye free on the right wing, but the Frenchman ballooned his cross behind for a goal kick.

And then a breakaway from Benfica started when they dispossessed Cabaye in midfield,  and 20 year-old Salvio headed just wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post – a close call for the Magpies.

On 42 minutes Sissoko made one of his powerhouse runs down the left wing,  and brought the ball inside to Bigirimana, but the 19 year-old shot tamely and straight at the goalkeeper.

Gael looked a bit lost on the right wing – and he was lacking experience for such an important game.

As Newcastle were pressing as the half came to an end,  a left wing cross saw Cisse put the ball in the back of the night – but he was a yard offside.

So the half time whistle came with the score 0-0 with Benfica being the slightly better side in that first half – but Newcastle would have settled for 0-0 at the break before the game – and Newcastle were still right in this game.

At the start of the second half Alan Pardew brought on the experienced Shola Ameobi for Gael Bigirimana.

On 50 minutes a nice move between Simpson and Ameobi saw Shola beat his man on the bye-line and get a corner – which came to nothing.

And then six minutes later another quick move by Benfica had Gaitan in the penalty area,  and he pulled the ball back to Lima, who then hit his shot over the bar – Benfica were dangerous on the break.

On 62 minutes an almighty roar from the Geordie crowd saw the introduction of Ben Arfa for Vurnon Anita,  who had put in a good shift for the Magpies, and it was clear Alan Pardew and the Newcastle team were going for goals, but Benfica were still dangerous.

Three minutes later a cross come shot by Ben Arfa was headed for a corner, and then on 66 minutes Papiss Cisse had the ball int the net again as a cross from Yohan Cabaye was headed onto Cisse who headed it into the net – but he was a yard offside.

Cisse argued with the officials and it got him a yellow card,  and then Sylvain Marveaux replaced Massadio Haidara as Newcastle went all out for a goal – and all three attacking substitutions had been made.

And then Newcastle got the goal they wanted – as the ball was played down the right wing and Shola Ameobi crossed the ball from the bye-line and Papiss Cisse was there to head home from a few yards out – as the Newcastle crowd went absolutely crazy.

Newcastle started to pile forward,  and Ben Arfa was creating chances for the Newcastle forwards, and on 78 minutes Shola had a chance just outside the penalty area, but he slipped just as he was shooting, and the goalkeeper collected the ball easily.

The game was end to end as Newcastle pushed for a second goal which would see them through, adn newcastle were swarming forward and seemed to have Benfica rattled a few times, and it was not unlike the last 20 minutes against Fulham last Sunday.

And then on 89 minute Ben Arfa had a decent chance but he blazed the ball over the bar from a good position.

It would be four minutes added for stoppage time, and Newcastle got a promising free kick just outside the penalty area, and Yohan Cabaye took it and the ball deflected off the wall, but the goalkeeper saved low to his right.

But then would you believe it – Benfica broke away and caught Newcastle short at the back – and it was Salvio who scored rather easily – and Newcastle had to score three goals in the final two minutes.

We didn’t do it.

But this was a well planned  courageous performance from a Newcastle team that just never gives up, and we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with next season.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Sylvain Marveaux 67); Gael Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 46), Yohan Cabaye (c), Vurnon Anita (Hatem Ben Arfa 64), Jonas Gutierrez; Moussa Sissoko; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, James Perch, Adam Campbell

Benfica (4-3-3): Artur; Andre Almeida, Luisao (c), Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo; Eduardo Salvio (Jardel 90+3), Nemanja Matic, Enzo Perez; Ola John (Rodrigo 76), Lima (Oscar Cardozo 72), Nicolas Gaitan
Subs not used: Paulo Lopes, Maxi Pereira, Pablo Aimar, Andre Gomes

Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)



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94 comments so far

  • toonking

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #1

    the thing i really want to happen next season is for pardew to stop putting weaker teams out for the FA cup games because their is no excuse for not starting the startard team as it is weekend they played not mid week and as for risk to injuries well any football match has that risk so fa cup matches are no differant.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #2

    good fight lads in the 2nd. we can just go all out and tear into the scum from down the road on sunday now.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #3

    NIGHT LADS…. 9-0 TO THE TOONS ON SUNDAY…

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #4

    JackButler

    id take ole gunner solkjær

    i like what zola is doing at watford

    there are lots of very good young coaches all over europe,, look at southamptons new guy,, id never heard of him

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #5

    manx

    I’m not supporting catchy’s view of this match. Everything I have posted I have said pardew got it right in my view tonight. I think what we did made sense, can’t over commit too early.

    Only issue was bigi but if others cant play 90 mins then it’s fine.

    I’m just saying I think he has a point long term on pardew. A better manager, like we did when we ‘upgraded’ houghton isn’t a bad shout to kick on.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Team for the Mackems

    ——————————-Krul——————————

    –Debuchy——–M’biwa——–Taylor———Haidara–

    —————Cabaye——————Sissoko—————

    ——HBA—————-Marveaux———Gouffran——

    ——————————-Cisse—————————–

    Bring Shola on in the 65th minute and we can demolish them.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #7

    them couple of really cheap goals in the first leg have cost us at the end of the day. benfica didnt show us anything hugely special over the 2 legs.

    benfica are far more tactically superior to scumderland, so we wont have any problem ribcaging the little stinking piles of turd.

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  • daztoon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Thought Gutierrez had a cracker again and Marv looked very sharp when he came on.Benfica are a quality side

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  • GeordieDan

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Just got back from the match.

    Devastated we couldn’t quite get that 2nd goal. VERY proud of the lads effort though.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone know who we will welcome back into the squad on Sunday?

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  • JackButler

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Still think Pardew should have brought Marv on at half time with Shola, but we were up against a side who have only been beaten by two goals by Barcelona.

    The effort was there from the players and we are a wounded animal going into the derby on Sunday

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Big pappa im drooling off that!

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  • JackButler

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Beattie25

    tiote, Debuchy, Gouffran and Saylor should all be back for Sunday

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #14

    on a side note what do people feel about the champions league teams dropping down into europa?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Cabaye had a very poor game. I honestly prefer Marveaux in that position. We are a few players short from having a decent team. 2 strikers, 2 centre backs and 1 midfielder should be enough in the summer.

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #16

    But i doubt pardew will play that team!!

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #17

    GeordieDan

    is everyoone around you behind pardew and what he is doing,, how we play the game

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  • toonLYF

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #18

    against Sunderland

    ——————–Krul——————–

    Debuchy—Taylor—M’biwa—Haidara

    ————-Cabaye—Sissoko———–

    Ben Arfa————————Marveaux

    —————Shola—Cisse—————

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  • JackButler

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #19

    @Big Pappa Cissé

    Doubt HBA will be ready to start a game as quickly as Sunday and no doubt Sissoko will be played as a number 10

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  • Jonny

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Guti looks so good at left back!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #21

    The thing that annoys me is that we have seen what we can do when we attack teams like Benfica & Man U (away) but we very rarely do it. Why we can’t punish teams like Reading at home is beyond me. Never under another manager have we scored so few goals in games and I do think Pardew is the main problem because we have the players to do it.

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #22

    rather play against top quality premier league teams than those third rated teams you guys played in Europe benfica is the only good club you played against and you lost that to in stadium of light in Portugal though

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  • kevymartins

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #23

    @cisse’s big toe it’s usually Teams like celtic etc but this year it had to be the likes of chelsea

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Jb

    Cheers!!

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  • true toon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Absolutely Gutted…IF only Santon and Taylor haven’t cost us the game in Lisbon.
    We need a new Manager next season. New faces at least 4 first team players
    🙁

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  • Graeme

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #26

    We fought the fight: we gave 100%+ – it just wasnt enough on the night. We should feel NO shame. We should be proud of our team and look forward to Sunday.

    If we play 75% as well against the unwashed, as we did tonight, it could be their most embarrassing defeat of the last 15 years. Cant wait to watch it happen – and yes, I’ll settle for a 1-0 and 3 points lol

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Jonny

    hahah now i know your mad,,

    hidarra looked amazing tonight, way better than jonas,,

    jonas and cabaye where our poor players tonghit

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  • JackButler

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #28

    MACKEM WARRIOR

    At least those third rate teams can actually get into Europe fella

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  • kevymartins

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Listen to this fool…He doesn’t realize once we stuff them on sunday they could be playing against fizzypop teams next season.

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  • ash

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #30

    does anyone know if we have either tiote, taylor or debuchy back on sunday?

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #31

    dream on barcodes cause that’s the best you can do

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #32

    mackem

    we play top prem league teams and european teams….so still better than you.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #33

    catchy in norway

    what would you have done instead of pardew may i ask…

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #34

    ya right just the waste of time in Europe waste of travelling supporters money nothing else

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #35

    If we start with the same set up on Sunday I will cut the head off my Pardew voodoo doll.

    Make no mistake they’re going to attack us.

    Sit back and we’ll lose attack them back and we’ll over power them

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  • pardrew hater

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #36

    pardrew got it wrong the day

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #37

    rather take a nap than playing against those clubs

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #38

    nufc786

    i would have packed me bags and said sorry to all the fans for all the shit football he makes us watch

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Beattie25

    100% agreeeeee

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #40

    What some of you don’t realise is the only reason Gutierrez looks good at LB is because we have been pressurising the other teams hard in the last couple of games and he has had next to no defending to do. Put him up against a team with a decent right winger and it would be a disaster. He played there for Argentina and was abysmal.

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