Benfica v Newcastle: Benfica’s European experience gives them the edge - originally posted on Soccerlens.comSL Benfica v Newcastle United
Quarterfinal, UEFA Europa League
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, 4th April, 2013
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)
Benfica v Newcastle
Benfica are on a winning streak of four games since entering the Europa League in the knockout stages from the Champions League. Newcastle have managed to keep clean sheets in all of their European knockout encounters this season so far, scoring two goals in the process.
This is the first time the two sides are facing each other but Benfica has played English teams on 29 occasions (W9 D4 L16) and they have not won in their last five games against Premier League opposition. Newcastle have played five games against Portuguese opposition (W1 D3 L1).
The last time Newcastle United reached the quarterfinal stage of this competition was in the 2004/05 season when they lost out to another Portuguese L...