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Santon takes blame for Europa defeat

6 April 2013 14:37

Newcastle United defender Davide Santon has apologised for his mistake in their Europa League loss to Benfica on Thursday.

The Italian left-back was at fault as he played a sloppy back pass to goalkeeper Tim Krul that was intercepted, resulting in Benfica's Lima scoring to put the Portuguese side ahead before they secured a 3-1 win.

The Magpies now need to score at least two goals in the return fixture when Benfica travel to St James' Park if they are to have any chance of progression.

"I am feeling angry with myself," Santon told The Telegraph.

"I think I had a good game against Benfica, but that pass was a disaster. As a defender, you have to make sure your pass is right, but I had Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa near me, so I couldn't see the striker.

"I am really angry with myself and when I got in the dressing room, I said sorry to everybody, to all the players, because it was my fault.

"Now we have to forget about it. I have to forget my mistake and think about Sunday and then, next week, we have to score two against Benfica."

Newcastle have league matches against Fulham and local rivals Sunderland before the return fixture, and Santon said Europe was at the farthest point of their focus as it stood.

"The Europa League is important, but the Premier League is even more important," he said.

"We need to make sure we save our season and stay in the division."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
4 April 2013
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1
On aggregate
4 - 2

Goals

0 - 1
13' P. Cissé
 (assist by M. Sissoko)
Rodrigo 25'  
1 - 1
Lima 65'  
2 - 1
O. Cardozo (PG) 71'  
3 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 65'
35 73'
14
3
10
13
23
# Player Bookings
8
23 87'
15
6
21
25
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