EUROPA LEAGUE QF 2nd LEG: Newcastle succumb to powers of Benfica

Newcastle United’s Europa League dream has been ended by Portuguese powerhouse Benfica.

The Toon trailed 3-1 going into the second leg at St James’ Park but were unable to win by two clear goals, conceding late to be held to a 1-1 draw and losing 4-2 on aggregate.

Papiss Cisse, who had two earlier goals ruled offside, edged Newcastle ahead in the 71st minute when he headed home Shola Ameobi’s cross from close range.

Benfica certainly had their chances throughout with Lima seeing a clever backheel saved by Tim Krul before Nicolas Gaitan had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Massadio Haidara.

The chances kept coming, especially as Newcastle chased a second goal but in the end it was their downfall as Benfica pounced in injury-time with substitute Rodrgio picking out Eduardo Salvio who slotted home at the death.

2012/13 UEFA Europa League quarter-final – second leg

Newcastle United (ENG): 1 (Papiss Cisse 71’)
Benfica (POR): 1 (Eduardo Salvio 90+2’)

St James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 52,157

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