Benfica vs. Newcastle United  3 - 1

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90' +4 Full-time in Lisbon and Benfica will take a 3-1 lead to the second leg at St. James' Park next Thursday. The visitors opened the scoring through Cisse early on, but the hosts eventually took over and were well worth their win. Bring on the second leg!
90' +3 Newcastle are pushing plenty of players forward as they win a few free kicks just inside the Benfica half, but twice they commit fouls around the Benfica area, thus giving the hosts possession once again.
90' The hosts play a nice series of passes out on the left, but the result of the move is a Lima shot from 30 yards which goes miles wide.
88' Replays show that the winger went down very easily there, with Ameobi doing little wrong. The forward received a yellow card, too.
87' Shola Ameobi gets yellow.
Gaitan tries to trick his way past Shola Ameobi, but the forward bundles him to the floor, and he appears to catch the winger in the face with his hand.
85' The match has certainly calmed a bit since Benfica's third, but Santon still wants to eradicate his earlier mistake as he tries his luck from just outside the area, but Artur watches it past his post.
83' D. Gosling enters the game and replaces D. Simpson.
Corner for the hosts as John knocks the ball off Simpson on its way behind. In the process Simpson appears to have picked up an injury.
80' Shola Ameobi enters the game and replaces S. Marveaux.
Gaitan knocks the ball into the area from a fairly central position and Newcastle fail to clear it, allowing the Argentine the opportunity to follow his cross up and get a shot away, but Krul stops his tame effort.
77' M. Pereira enters the game and replaces O. Cardozo.
Bizarre decision from one of the referee's assistants as he flags Cisse offside despite being nowhere near the active players or the ball. Alan Pardew and his team are clearly angry.
74' Newcastle are doing their best to find a way back into this as they attack again, but Marveaux's good work down the right results in nothing as his final ball to Cisse is very poor and Benfica take the ball away.

Primeira Liga table

# Team MP D P
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +2 3
4 1 +2 3
5 1 +2 3
6 1 +2 3

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0