Last Updated: 04/04/13 9:58pm
FULL-TIME: Benfica earn a 3-1 lead ahead of the second leg at St James' Park thanks to second half goals from Lima and Cardozo (penalty). Papiss Cisse had given Newcastle the lead only for Rodrigo to draw Benfica level before the break.
Gaitan has two efforts at goal and after his first shot is block his second attempt is easily saved by Krul.
Chance for Newcastle as Marveaux slips Cisse in down the left, but his pass towards Sissoko is poor and is cleared by Almeida.
Benfica win a penalty as the official behind the goal awards the home side a spot-kick after the ball appeared to strike Taylor on the arm inside the box.
GOAL: Newcastle gift Benfica the lead as Santon's terrible backpass is picked up by Lima and he rounds Krul to slot the ball home into the empty net. Terrible mistake by the Newcastle defender.
Benfica waste a great chance to take the lead as Rodrigo squares the ball across the face of goal for Cardozo, but the striker cannot get enough on the ball and he sends his effort wide of the goal.
Benfica win a corner as Gutierrez heads behind. After a few scrambles Newcastle finally manage to clear their lines.
Newcastle so unlucky not to score as Marveaux sets Cisse clear on goal and the striker's shot hits the post after clipping the ball over Artur.
The referee brings the first half to a close with the score 1-1 after Rodrigo cancelled out Cisse's early opener for Newcastle.
Benfica win a free-kick on the edge of the box after Simpson brings down Gaitan. Shooting chance for the home side.
Rodrigo is in the mood and he fires in a shot which is well wide of the target. He has looked Benfica's most dangerous player so far.
The ball drops to Marveaux on the edge of the box, but he drags his left-footed shot wide of the target.
Brilliant double save from Krul denies Benfica taking the lead. Gomes' shot is well saved by Krul and he gets up quickly to block John's shot with his legs before Benfica have a penalty shout waved away as the ball appears to strike Yanga-Mbiwa on the arm inside the box.
GOAL: Benfica draw level as Cardozo fires in a shot which is pushed out by Krul and Rodrigo reacts quickest to slot the ball home into the empty net.
Newcastle go so close to making it 2-0 as Cisse's shot deflects off Garay onto the post before being collected just off the line by Artur.
Benfica have claims for a penalty waved away as Cardozo goes down in the box under pressure from Taylor. Good decision from the officials there as there was little contact.
GOAL: Newcastle break the deadlock as Simpson sends Sissoko in down the right and his cross is turned home by Cisse inside the six-yard box. Great start for Newcastle.
Newcastle have a lucky escape as Gaitan fires in a fierce shot which squirms under the body of Krul, but he reacts quickest to gather the ball just around his goalline.
Benfica have yet to get going so far and Garay kicks the ball straight out of play after attempting a simple pass.
Marveaux almost sends Cisse through on goal, but the striker's touch is poor and the ball runs through to Artur.
Alan Pardew is already making notes on the sidelines, but it has been a decent start from the visitors.
Early chance for Newcastle as Santon finds Cisse wide on the right and he fires in a shot which is comfortably saved by Artur.
Kev James all the way from New Jersey USA is hoping for a 0-0 draw. I am hoping it is not as I want to see an exciting game.
Brad via Twitter is hoping for a draw and then hopes Newcastle can finish the job off at St James' Park.
Newcastle fan Jeff Scott is not confident going into the game and is predicting a 2-1 loss for his side.
Chris Green from Huddersfield is going for a 2-1 win for Benfica, but a crucial away goal for Newcastle.
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Benfica starting XI: Artur, Andre Almeida, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, John, Matic, Andre Gomes, Rodrigo, Cardozo, Gaitan.
Newcastle starting XI: Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Perch, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez.
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