FT Benfica 3 Newcastle 1

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.

Cabaye is lucky to escape a booking after catching the Benfica player with a stray arm.

There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the 90 minutes.

Ameobi is booked for raising his hands to Gaitan.

Santon has a shot at goal for Newcastle, but he fails to direct his effort on target.

Simpson is forced off and Dan Gosling will replace him.

Danny Simpson appears to be struggling with a knock.

Gaitan has two efforts at goal and after his first shot is block his second attempt is easily saved by Krul.

Shola Ameobi comes on for Marveaux.

Matic has a sight of goal at the far post from Gaitan's cross, but he heads wide of the target.

Maxi comes on for Cardozo in Benfica's final change.

Artur rushes off his line to beat Sissoko to Cabaye's through ball.

Chance for Newcastle as Marveaux slips Cisse in down the left, but his pass towards Sissoko is poor and is cleared by Almeida.

Perez is booked for a foul on Cabaye.

Cardozo makes no mistake with a cool penalty into the left-hand corner.

Cardozo smashes home the spot-kick, but he will have to take it again after an infringement.

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.

Anita is straight into the action with a foul on Perez.

Benfica make a double change with Lima coming on for Rodrigo and Perez replacing Gomes in midfield.

Newcastle are forced to make a change with Anita coming on for Perch.

Perch is down and in need of treatment.

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.

Matic is down after going down on the edge of the box, but he is ok to continue.

Benfica win a corner as Gutierrez heads behind. After a few scrambles Newcastle finally manage to clear their lines.

The ball sits up to Gomes on the edge of the box, but his shot is high, wide and not very handsome.

Krul is quickly off the line to gather Matic's attempted pass towards John.

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.

Benfica get the second half underway.

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 make mess of the free-kick as a training ground routine goes totally wrong.

Benfica win a free-kick on the edge of the box after Simpson brings down Gaitan. Shooting chance for the home side.

Krul comes to Newcastle's rescue again with another smart save from Matic's header.

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.

Thankfully for Marveaux the corner comes to nothing as Taylor clears the cross into the box.

Poor from Newcastle as Marveaux gives away a needless corner.

Smart reactive save from Krul to readjust to keep out Rodrigo's effort inside the box.

Benfica win a corner as Simpson puts the ball behind.

Rodrigo is treading a fine line as he concedes another free-kick after a foul on Yanga-Mbiwa.

The ball drops to Marveaux on the edge of the box, but he drags his left-footed shot wide of the target.

Rodrigo is booked for a foul on Cabaye.

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.

Perch is the first player to be booked after a late challenge on Gaitan.

Gaitan gets above Simpson in the box, but he fails to direct his header on target.

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.

Andre Gomes has the first sight of goal for Benfica, but he drags his shot well wide of the target.

Benfica have yet to get going so far and Garay kicks the ball straight out of play after attempting a simple pass.

The corner is cleared by Sissoko before being hacked to safety by Cabaye.

Benifca win the first corner of the game as John's cross is blocked by Perch.

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.

: Newcastle get the game underway at a rainy Estadio da Luz.

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.

What are your predictions for tonight. Are you happy with the two line-ups?

I look forward to hearing from you and I will endeavour to post as many of your thoughts, opinions and reaction as I can.

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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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