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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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Pardew praises Benfica 'class'

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has praised Benfica after they knocked the Magpies out of the Europa League last night.

Pardew said the Portuguese club were a 'class act' after President Luís Filipe Vieira laid a wreath at the Sir Bobby Robson memorial statue outside St James' Park prior to kick-off.

Benfica drawn against Turkish club Fenerbahce in today's Semi-Final draw. Pardew said although it will be a tough match, the Portuguese giants could go on to eventually win the tournament.

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