Thursday April 11, 2013 Quarter-final Finished St James' Park

Newcastle United 1 - 1 Benfica

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  • Salvio 90’

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    Europa League - Newcastle frustrated by Benfica

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Benfica
    • - What did you make of the game? Did Newcastle deserve to go through? Are Benfica favourites to win the Europa League now? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).
    • - That's the end of the road for Newcastle in Europe. They put up a good fight in the second half but Benfica are a class act. Real contenders for the tournament.
    • 94' FULL TIME: Newcastle United 1-1 Benfica
    • 93' Very nice goal from Benfica. Good one-two from Gaitan and Cardozo on the left and a calm finish by Salvio. That's the ability they have.
    • 92' GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Benfica (92 mins - Salvio). And there's the goal that knocks Newcastle out, Salvio finishing from close range following Gaitan's low cross.
    • 91' Cabaye forces Artur into a nervous save, firing a freekick from 20 yards towards goal via a deflection.
    • 90' An additional four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 89' Ben Arfa makes his way into the opposition box before cutting inside on to his left foot but he fires over the bar. That was a chance.
    • 88' Krul saves well from Gaitan after good play from Rodrigo on the left side.
    • 87' Perez sprints down the left side, taking the ball past three Newcastle players before Cabaye slides in to concede a corner.
    • 86' Simpson floats a cross into the box but despite the number of black and white shirts Benfica defend well.
    • 85' Newcastle have added a capacity for late goals to their game recently. If they can find another tonight they'll go through on howay goals (sorry).
    • 84' For the moment, the momentum is gone from Newcastle's game. Benfica have taken more control in the middle of the pitch.
    • 83' YELLOW CARD: Mike Williamson (Newcastle).
    • 83' Benfica attempt a clever short freekick, shifting the ball to Garay but the defender skews his shot wide.
    • 82' YELLOW CARD: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle)
    • 81' Gaitan and Cardozo break forward on the counter but Yanga-Mbiwa intercepts before giving away a freekick.
    • 80' Cabaye attempts an effort from 30 yards but it lacks direction and trickles wide of the target. Had better options in front of him.
    • 79' This is relentless from Newcastle now. This time Ben Arfa gets to the byline but his cross is easily gathered by Artur.
    • 78' Newcastle look dangerous every time they come forward now. Such a difference to the first half.
    • 77' Ben Arfa feigns a shot before rolling the ball into Marveux in the box but he's flaged offside. Clever play.
    • 76' Benfica sub: Ola John OFF, Rodrigo ON.
    • 75' Ben Arfa's shot from 20 yards is charged down, with the ball looping awkwardly between the line of Benfica defence and the keeper. Cisse and Artur challenge for the ball with the Newcastle striker getting there first, but he can't direct it goalwards.
    • 74' Cisse has now scored in each of his last five home games.
    • 73' Poor defending by Benfica for the goal, failing to recognise Ben Arfa was breathing down their neck. The number 10 nicked the ball past Almedia before Ameobi squared for Cisse to turn home with his head.
    • 72' Benfica sub: Lima OFF, Oscar Cardozo ON.
    • 71' GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Benfica (70 mins - Papiss Cisse). Third time lucky for Cisse who turns home Ameobi's cross with his head!
    • 70' YELLOW CARD: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle).
    • 69' Almeida is down on the turf after a challenge with Cabaye. The Newcastle players clearly believe he's time wasting.
    • 67' YELLOW CARD: Papiss Cisse (Newcastle).
    • 66' Newcastle sub: Massaido Haidara OFF, Sylvain Marveux ON.
    • 65' And Cisse has the ball in the net again but it's disallowed. Looked to be the correct call. Was offside when Ameobi flicked the ball on in the box.
    • 65' However, Ben Arfa plays it short and the eventual cross into the box is blocked.
    • 64' Almedia miskicks his clearance and Newcastle have a corner.
    • 63' The Geordie faithful have their wish as Ben Arfa is introduced to the game. He's been struggling with a hamstring injury recently. Will his fitness hold up?
    • 62' Newcastle sub: Vurnon Anita OFF, Hatem Ben Arfa ON.
    • 61' Cisse is almost put through on goal from a long punt upfield from Krul but the linesman's flag is up.
    • 60' Cabaye swings a corner into the danger area but Garay rises unchallenged to head away.
    • 59' Sissoko tries to find Cisse and Ameobi in the box but Lima uses his head to clear.
    • 58' Benfica look a little more ragid than they did in the first half but Newcastle still aren't doing enough to slice through the visitors' backline.
    • 57' 'Hatem Ben Arfa' is the chant from the St James' Park crowd. They could do with his spark.
    • 56' Cabaye makes everyone wait for a freekick 20 yards out but in the end he nonchalently curls it over the top. A waste.
    • 54' John and Gaitan combine down the left hand side and lay the ball into Salvio, but the Benfica attacker is leaning back and skies his effort.
    • 53' Simpson gets to the byline but play is brought back after a handball by the Newcastle right back. St James' Park doesn't like that much!
    • 51' Been impressed with John on the right wing for Benfica tonight. Looks to be a very tricky, technical player. On this occasion though, he fires over the bar from 18 yards.
    • 50' Ameobi tries to squeeze the ball back to Cisse on the penalty spot but a deflection off Garay almost squeezes it in the net!
    • 49' Cabaye plants his freekick into his hands of Artur, the Benfica keeper. On the whole the French midfielder has been poor tonight. His passing and delivery has been atrocious.
    • 48' YELLOW CARD: Andre Almeida (Benfica).
    • 47' Bringing Ameobi on is a positive move by Pardew. Looks to be playing a conventional 4-4-2. Don't see that in Europe very often!
    • 46' John swings a freekick into the box but is easily gathered by Krul.
    • 45' Newcastle substitution: Gael Bigirimana OFF, Shola Ameobi ON.
    • 45' The second half is kicked off by Newcastle!
    • - What did you make of the first half at St James' Park? Should Newcastle be more adventurous going forward? Or is Pardew right to keep it tight at the back? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).
    • - Newcastle look a little anxious and perhaps too cautious for their own good in that first half. We saw what they can do when they press Benfica in the last few minutes of the half. They need more of that after the break.
    • 47' HALF TIME: Newcastle 0-0 Benfica
    • 46' Gaitan drives through the Newcastle midfield but takes on one too many and runs the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 45' An additional two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 44' Cisse has the ball in the net but it's been correctly disallowed for offside. The striker was in an offside position when Bigirimana played the ball into Cisse at the back post.
    • 43' Sissoko stages another floated cross into the box and is cleared once again by Benfica, but this spell of relative pressure has woken up St James' Park.
    • 42' Cabaye strikes at goal from 20 yards but slams his effort of the charging Benfica defender.
    • 41' Sissoko is released up the left wing after a good give and go with Haidara, but his cut back to Bigirimana brings a poor effort on goal from the Newcastle midfielder.
    • 39' There's no fluidity for Newcastle when goin forward. The movement doesn't seem to be there, and they're struggling to establish a platform in midfield.
    • 38' Yanga-Mbiwa surges from the back through the Benfica midfield before raking a pass out to Bigirimana, but the flag is raised.
    • 37' Perez attempts a snap volley on the stretch from 20 yards but Krul gets down early to get his body behind the effort.
    • 36' Newcastle have yet to have an effort on the Benfica goal.
    • 35' John stretches his legs on the left wing and hangs a cross up to Salvio rushing in at the back post, but although he clims above Haidara he nods his header wide of the target.
    • 34' Cabaye finds space on the right wing but completely overhits his cross and it drifts harmlessly behind the goal. Even Alan Pardew had a smirk at that one.
    • 33' Newcastle are struggling to string a sequence of passes together. There's been little cohesion between them so far tonight.
    • 32' Play is restarted after a delay for the injury to Sissoko. The attacking midfielder is back on his feet again.
    • 31' YELLOW CARD: Artur (Benfica).
    • 30' YELLOW CARD: Enzo Perez (Benfica).
    • 29' Sissoko is down on the turf after stretching for a challenge on John.
    • 28' That was the first time Benfica have got in behind Newcastle tonight and it looked rather easy, with a long ball all it took to unsettle the home side's back four and keeper.
    • 27' Haidara clears off the line! Gaitain rounds Krul at the byline before shooting from a tight angle, but the Newcastle left back is on the line to block the effort.
    • 25' Benfica are enjoying the larger share of possession in these opening 25 minutes, but crucially don't appear too adventurous when they take hold of the ball. Trying to numb the game?
    • 24' Artur is told off by the referee for wasting time from a freekick. He's going to have to waste a lot of time. There's over an hour still to play.
    • 23' Newcastle look a little bit anxious so far tonight. It's difficult to get that balance right when chasing a first leg deficit.
    • 22' Ola John floats a deep freekick into the box but the whistle is blown for a foul from Luisao on Mike Williamson.
    • 21' Enzo Perez draws a foul from Bigirimana. There appeared to be little contact between the two.
    • 19' The volume is yet to be cranked up at St James' Park yet. In fact, it's the Benfica fans that seem to be making most of the noise.
    • 18' Cabaye finally finds his range, raking a diagonal pass out to Bigirimana on the right, but a poor first touch means the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 17' Newcastle can't take advantage of the Benfica keeper's error, with Haidara's long throw cleared from danger.
    • 16' Artur hands Newcastle some territory by misplacing a pass out of play 35 yards out of his own goal.
    • 15' Both sides still trying to feel their way into this one. Not literally, of course. That would just be weird.
    • 14' Fortunately for Newcastle the corner comes to nothing and Krul is free to start an attacking move from the back.
    • 13' Anita prevents Nico Gaitain's cross from reaching the box, but does so at the expense of a corner kick.
    • 12' First glimpse of goal for Cisse after a wonderful through ball by Bigirimana, but the Newcastle striker can't quite gather it into his stride.
    • 11' Cabaye attempts an angled pass out to Haidara on the left wing but it's overhit. The Frenchman hasn't sorted out the weight of his pass yet..
    • 10' Cabaye drives a freekick from nearly the half-way line into the penalty area but it's headed clear by Garay.
    • 9' Another daunting statistic for Newcastle is that Benfica have scored in every game they've played since the turn of the year. I'll stop the scaremongering now.
    • 8' Pretty rugid challenge by Cisse leaves Garay crumpled on the floor.
    • 7' Newcastle build a move that works its way over to the right before Bigirimana whips a deep cross into the box, but Cisse is flagged offside.
    • 6' The away side have started very brightly here. Krul seeing a little too much of the ball for the home fans' liking.
    • 5' Krul is called into action again, this time to get his fingertips on a looping cross from the Benfica left back that almost loops over the Newcastle keeper.
    • 4' First real chance of the night and it falls to Lima of Benfica, flicking Andre Almeida's low, fizzing cross towards goal, forcing Tim Krul into a save with his legs.
    • 3' A rather ominious statistic for Newcastle is that Benfica have only lost by two clear goals on one occasion this season. The team that beat them on that occasion? Barcelona.
    • 2' Benfica take control of the ball from kick-off, knocking it about their backline to get a feel for the game.
    • 1' We're under way at St James' Park!
    • 20:03 Just minutes until kick-off in Geordieland. The teams line up for the Europa League anthem. It's not quite as rousing as it's more illustrious cousin, the Champions League anthem.
    • 20:00 If Newcastle are to make a go of this I suspect Cisse will have to be sharp. Other than Sissoko, not quite sure what attacking threat wil come from midfield.
    • 19:55 Newcastle got off to the best possible start in Lisbon a week ago, Cisse putting them 1-0 up after an incisive pass up the wing from Danny Simpson. Alan Pardew's side could do with a similar start tonight!
    • 19:50 Mike Williamson makes his first start for Newcastle since January 19th and Gael Bigirimana's first since January 5th. Will there be a little rustiness in both players' legs?
    • 19:45 Cisse's away goal in Lisbon last week means Newcastle do have something to cling on to in tonight's second leg. A 2-0 win would be good enough for the Magpies, with a full house expected at St James' Park.
    • 19:40 Newcastle line up pretty much as expected, with Moussa Sissoko playing just behind Papiss Cisse in attack, but Benfica have thrown a curve-ball by leaving top scorer Oscar Cardozo on the bench, opting for Lorenzo Melgarejo instead up front.
    • 19:35 TEAM NEWS: Newcastle - Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Sissoko; Cisse. /// Benfica - Artur; Luisao, Garay, Almedia; Gaitan, Matic, Perez, Lima, John, Salvio; Melgarejo.
    • 19:30 Good evening everyone! Welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Europa League quarter-final second leg between Newcastle United and Benfica. I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter (@grahamruthven) to let me know you're thoughts ahead of kick-off (20:05).
  • Summary

    • 92' GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Benfica (92 mins - Salvio). And there's the goal that knocks Newcastle out, Salvio finishing from close range following Gaitan's low cross.
    • 89' Ben Arfa makes his way into the opposition box before cutting inside on to his left foot but he fires over the bar. That was a chance.
    • 88' Krul saves well from Gaitan after good play from Rodrigo on the left side.
    • 75' Ben Arfa's shot from 20 yards is charged down, with the ball looping awkwardly between the line of Benfica defence and the keeper. Cisse and Artur challenge for the ball with the Newcastle striker getting there first, but he can't direct it goalwards.
    • 71' GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Benfica (70 mins - Papiss Cisse). Third time lucky for Cisse who turns home Ameobi's cross with his head!
    • 65' And Cisse has the ball in the net again but it's disallowed. Looked to be the correct call. Was offside when Ameobi flicked the ball on in the box.
    • 50' Ameobi tries to squeeze the ball back to Cisse on the penalty spot but a deflection off Garay almost squeezes it in the net!
    • 44' Cisse has the ball in the net but it's been correctly disallowed for offside. The striker was in an offside position when Bigirimana played the ball into Cisse at the back post.
    • 37' Perez attempts a snap volley on the stretch from 20 yards but Krul gets down early to get his body behind the effort.
    • 35' John stretches his legs on the left wing and hangs a cross up to Salvio rushing in at the back post, but although he clims above Haidara he nods his header wide of the target.
    • 27' Haidara clears off the line! Gaitain rounds Krul at the byline before shooting from a tight angle, but the Newcastle left back is on the line to block the effort.
    • 5' Krul is called into action again, this time to get his fingertips on a looping cross from the Benfica left back that almost loops over the Newcastle keeper.
    • 4' First real chance of the night and it falls to Lima of Benfica, flicking Andre Almeida's low, fizzing cross towards goal, forcing Tim Krul into a save with his legs.

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