Highlights from this evening’s Europa League game between Benfica and Newcastle United from the Estadio da Luz, Lisbon.
Post match press conferences
Pardew’s “overjoyed” with the performance but not the result, and thinks anything is possible at SJP if Newcastle put Benfica under pressure at St James’ Park.
Jesus says the tie isn’t over yet.
Also, here’s a transcript of what Alan Pardew had to say in his post match interview stright after the game:
“We’ve done so much right tonight and got ourselves into a great position with Papiss’s goal. The away goal could come into it if we get the first goal at St James’ Park because if we can get that first goal, we are only going to need one more.”
“In terms of the performance and the players, I can’t fault them. We came here to have a go at them and we did that. They caused some problems to us just before half-time for ten to 15 minutes, but other than that we were in control of the game.”
“If it was 2-1, you would think we would have a good chance at home, but it is an uphill chance for us now. We can be proud of the performance, but disappointed with the result. “You have to say they are a quality side,”
“We have to give them respect and on the break they are going to be dangerous at St James’, but we showed signs tonight that if we are ambitious and we can hurt them.”
Score and Goalscorers.
Benfica 1 (Rodrigo 25, Lima 65, Cardozo (pen) 71), Newcastle United 1 (Cisse 12).
Teams and match facts.
Benfica (4-3-3): Artur (G), Andre Almeida, Luisao (C), Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo, Nicolas Gaitan, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes, Rodrigo, Oscar Cardozo (Maxi Pereira 77), Ola John.
Subs: Paulo Lopes (G), Roderick, Maxi Pereira, Enzo Perez, Urreta, Pablo Aimar, Lima.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson (Dan Gosling 83), Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; James Perch (Vurnon Anita 61), Yohan Cabaye (C), Sylvain Marveaux (Shola Ameobi 81) Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell.
Yellow cards: James Perch (20), Rodrigo (28), Enzo Perez (73), Shola Ameobi (87).
Red cards: None.
Referee: Antony Gautier (France).