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We hosted and beat Newcastle United today at Luz with an early goal from Cisse and a goal from Rodrigo, Lima and Cardozo. Lot's of missed opportunities for both sides with the English hitting the woodwork on more than one occasion.

Everything is open for the 2nd leg, the Brits need to score at least 2 but we've been known to score everywhere we play.
 

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We looked shaky on the counter and seemed ill prepared to account for Cisse's speed. However, the return leg will have us on doing the countering.
 

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Benfica should've have put the tie to bed. Though, Benfica were superior throughout, NC had their chances.
Benfica will have plenty of chances at New Castle on the counter, hopefully they convert one or two.

This really could be Benfica's big season. Everything is in order for a double (League title & Europa).
Obviously, the league is not won yet, but a 4 points lead means that Benfica can even afford a defeat to Porto.
Well, in the Europa, only Chelsea should stand in Benfica's way, cos I consider Benfica superior to every other team that remains.
 

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Benfica should've have put the tie to bed. Though, Benfica were superior throughout, NC had their chances.
Benfica will have plenty of chances at New Castle on the counter, hopefully they convert one or two.

This really could be Benfica's big season. Everything is in order for a double (League title & Europa).
Obviously, the league is not won yet, but a 4 points lead means that Benfica can even afford a defeat to Porto.
Well, in the Europa, only Chelsea should stand in Benfica's way, cos I consider Benfica superior to every other team that remains.
I agree with you mate, nothing is won but we have a good chance to make things happen, just hope we can keep it up.
 

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What a goal! Great second half by Newcastle though. Benfica helped, but credit has to go to the team initiating play.
 

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such a shame i missed tonights match ( work :wallbang:) , so arriving home and knowing that we made it throguh is simply amazing:D

we are in the semi's guys:D
 

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How was Benfica helped?
He's referring to the blunder that led to Cisse's goal.

Slightly off topic: I was looking at the Euro coefficient this week. With Benfica advancing, Italy/France having their remaining clubs eliminated, and the points for the 08/09 season expiring - I think a move to 4th is a reality if SLB wins this tournament.
 

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Congrats on beating juggernauts like

Leverkusen Bordeaux and almighty Newcastle united

The real test comes
In amsterdam, fenerbache is doomed
 

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As a Newcastle fan I agree with this. Wish you the best of luck in the competition :thumbsup:

http://www.tynetime.com/2013/04/12/benfica-leave-st-james-park-with-respect-after-european-tie/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=benfica-leave-st-james-park-with-respect-after-european-tie

Benfica leave St.James’ Park with respect after European tie



It will take some time for Newcastle United fans to forget that 91st minute goal Salvio tapped home to well and truly end our European escapade. The moment the ball hit the net the home faithful put their head in their hands and a sense of realisation set in. Having dominated the most important period of the game and pressured the Benfica back four almost in submission, we just couldn’t find that elusive second goal. Our vigorous search for it meant we were left a little light at the back and after some quick exchanges in midfield by the Portuguese outfit Salvio the Argentinian latched on to a low ball into the box to send his side into the European semi-finals. Heartbreaking, tough to take, annoying, perhaps undeserving – all words that could be associated with Benfica’s progression to the next round, but at the end of the night George Jesus’ side left St. James’ Park with the best wishes of the Toon faithful.

I read a lot of great things about Benfica supporters last night. Their packed out allocation ruptured into ecstasy after Salvio’s goal, but throughout the game they were noisy; furiously supporting their team on a cold night at St. James’ Park. According to Unibet, Benfica are one of the favourites for the competition, and such support from their fans will be essential in their quest.

Before kick-off, Benfica president Luis Fillipe Vieira paid tribute to Sir Bobby Robson at his recently erected statue outside St.James’ park by laying a wreath, accompanied by the club’s manager, and other staff and fans.
A simple gesture, but something beautiful all the same. The gent that was Sir Bobby managed both of Benfica’s rivals: FC Porto & Sporting Lisbon. That very fact made the gesture from the president – who came to Tyneside and everyone else associated with Benfica – a very heart-warming one.

A lot of NUFC fans are hoping that Benfica actually go on to win the trophy and although Chelsea will likely be favourites for the tournament, support like Benfica’s and a gracious, respectful coach in George Jesus, no one would begrudge this particular team in red some silverware.

To conclude, it has been a great European journey. I think we bow out having given everything and it just turned out one of those ties where things did not come together as hoped. From Cissé hitting the post twice, Taylor handballing and Santon’s backpass – it just wasn’t to be. However, for me at least, there is not a huge feeling of ‘what might have been’.

Credit to Pardew, he threw the kitchen sink at them last night and maybe Ben Arfa would have popped one into the roof of the net a few months previous but it was not to be. Football can often be a cruel games folks, as NUFC fans, we know that too well.

Fair play to Benfica fans for coming to support their team and indeed for paying their respects to SBR. Best of luck to them in the next round of the competition, and perhaps we’ll face them in a couple of years, except hopefully we’ll progress instead!
 

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i didnt know about that tribute, it was a nice gesture indeed, because although Bobby Robson was a rival coach while he was in portugal, he was very much respected by everyone here, from players, to the media to the fans, even the rival ones. He was always a true gentleman

thanks excalibur :)
 

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I dont understand what you mean Benfica helped.


If you write Benfica helped then, its suspecting ref helped or Newcastle so shit it helped...what you mean how were they helped?
He means Benfica helped by not doing what Benfica usually does, both NCU goals were defensive mistakes, yes NCU hit the wood a couple of times but Benfica should have put the game away.

In the end I would say that the better team won, even in St. James Park, the best chances of the match were Benfica's and NCU only "made it a game" because they were giving it all but once you do that you leave yourself vulnerable in the counter and that's how Benfica equalized.

Is this clear or is there any part that you might not understand?
 
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