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Pardew: Perfect Europa draw

Alan Pardew was delighted as Newcastle were drawn to face Benfica in the quarter-finals of this season's Europa League.

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Alan Pardew: Delighted at European draw

Alan Pardew: Delighted at European draw

Pardew's men will play away from home first in Lisbon against the Portuguse giants over two legs next month.

United's manager will be hoping for a positive result on Thursday, April 4, before returning to Tyneside for the second leg on Thursday, April 11.

Newcastle saw off Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 in front of a partisan home support of 45,000 to reach the last eight and Pardew is hoping the fans will give his side an edge once again.

"It's a great draw for us," the manager told the club website after watching the draw unfold in the canteen of the Magpies' Benton-based training centre.

"The Estadio da Luz is a great venue. I've been there and it's a fantastic stadium. Importantly, we are at home in the second-leg and that will give us an advantage.

"I'm sure we will have a full house for that. After what the stadium was like (Thursday) night, I know it will be another brilliant atmosphere, and let's hope we can bring a result back from Benfica in the first leg."

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