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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.


President of Benfica lays a wreath for Sir Bobby

The President of Benfica football club has paid tribute to the North East's own Sir Bobby Robson ahead of tonight's game.

Luís Filipe Vieira laid a wreath of flowers at the feet of the Sir Bobby Robson statue.

Sir Bobby is said to have had a significant impact on Portuguese football during the 1990s when he managed two of Benfica's rivals - Porto and Sporting Lisbon.

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