Newcastle United knocked out of Europa League

A 1-1 draw at St James' Park with Portuguese side Benfica means that Newcastle United have been knocked out of the Europa League.

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Toon Army awaits Benfica showdown

The Stadium of Light in Lisbon Credit: ITV News

Thousands of Newcastle United fans are in Portugal ahead of the Europa League match against Benfica.

Newcastle United are in action in Lisbon for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.

More than three thousand Magpies fans are expected at the original Stadium of Light in the capital city. Kick off is at 2005.

Magpies head to Portugal

Newcastle United left the big guns behind this morning as they flew out to Portugal for their next Europa League Challenge.

The Magpies face Maritimo tomorrow evening and it was a youthful squad that boarded the plane to Funchal. Alan Pardew admits he's trying to pull off a balancing act and the likes of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse have stayed at home with one eye on Sunday's Premier League game at home to Norwich City.

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