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UEFA Europa League

  • 11 April 2013
  • • 20:05
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: I. Bebek
  • • Attendance: 52157

Benfica win Aggregate 4 - 2

Newcastle - Benfica Preview: Hosts' Europa League hopes hang in the balance

Newcastle - Benfica Preview: Hosts' Europa League hopes hang in the balance

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Alan Pardew's side head into the second leg of their quarter-final tie against the Portuguese outift needing to overturn a two-goal deficit to progress to the next round



Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara

Cabaye, Anita
Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez

Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo

Matic, Martins
John, Lima, Gaitan

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew faces a lengthy injury list ahead of Thursday's crunch Europa League clash, with Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Davide Santon (hip), Cheikh Tiote (hamstring) and Haris Vuckic (knee) all set to miss the game.

Elsewhere, long-term absentee Ryan Taylor is targeting a return in time for the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday, while manager Pardew says Hatem Ben Arfa has made an "unbelievable recovery" from a hamstring injury and could be set for a place on the bench.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus faces very few injury worries ahead of the return leg, with Eduardo Salvio remaining a doubt after picking up a knee injury shortly prior to the first leg between the two sides.

  • Newcastle have beaten Metalist Kharkiv and Anzhi Makhachkala in the knockout stages so far, both by a solitary 1-0 aggregate scoreline.
  • Papiss Cisse has now scored four goals in the 90th minute this season after his last-gasp winner against Fulham.
  • The Senegal striker, along with Shola Ameobi, is the Magpies' top scorer in the Europa League with three goals each.
  • Alan Pardew's side have conceded just once at home in six games in the competition this term - that goal coming during the 1-1 draw with Maritimo in November.
  • Oscar Cardozo (pictured right) is Benfica's top goalscorer this year with 28 goals, six of which have come in Europe.
  • The Portuguese outfit have scored 107 goals so far this season in all competitions.
  • They currently sit four points clear ahead of Porto at the top of the domestic league and are unbeaten in 25 games since the start of the season.
  • Jorge Jesus' side have won their last eight games in a row going into the clash.
  • Benfica's last five quarter-finals against English opposition have all resulted in elimination.


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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
3Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
37Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
8Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
49Adam CampbellStriker
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
20N. GaitánMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
24Ola JohnStriker
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
14Maxi PereiraDefender
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
16Pablo AimarMidfielder
21André GomesMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker
Players to Watch
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Fabricio Coloccini struggling for full fitness ahead of the fixture, the raw France international needs to be on top of his game for his side to stand any chance of progression. He can sometimes appear positionally unaware of his surroundings, so with such a fluid attacking unit up against him he'll need to up his game.
Ó. Cardozo
Ó. Cardozo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
Absolutely deadly in front of goal, the 29-year-old Paraguay international has scored over 100 league goals for the club in just under six seasons. The unerring accuracy with which he finds the target means he must be paid close attention to at all times, particularly when he's operating inside the box.
Stopping the visitors from scoring is going to prove Newcastle's biggest task, with their free-flowing opponents posing a constant threat on the break with the clinical figure of Cardozo up front. They may have to throw caution to the wind, though, with a two-goal deficit to overturn - so expect a game full of goals, but also broken hearts for the English side.
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