Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/11/13
It was another night of disappointment for Premier League clubs in a season that has been full of then. Of the three in action in the quarterfinals, only Chelsea went through, as Newcastle United battled bravely but futilely against Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur - yet again - lost a penalty shootout to go out to FC Basel. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said he would fancy his side to get the two goals it needed to beat Benfica - despite the Portuguese side not having lost since October. When Papiss Cisse headed in a Shola Ameobi cross to give Newcastle a 70th-minute lead, it seemed Pardew was some kind of soothsayer. There was another goal but it went to the away team, Eduardo Salvio turning in Oscar Cardozo's low cross to make it 1-1 and complete a 4-2 aggregate victory. As Salvio scored, Newcastle's fans rose in applause - acknowledgement both of Benfica's quality and of their own club's achievement in getting this far. There was no shame for Newcastle and no recombination for Pa...
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