Newcastle suffered a second-half collapse in their Europa League quarter-final first leg with Benfica.

Papiss Cisse tapped in a low Moussa Sissoko cross as the visitors made the most of a bright start in Portugal.

After Cisse struck the woodwork, the hosts came to life and Rodrigo pounced on a rebound to equalise for Benfica.

Cisse hit the post again, before Lima punished a loose Davide Santon back-pass and Oscar Cardozo scored from the spot after a Steven Taylor handball.

Miserly Magpies no more

Newcastle had kept seven clean sheets in their previous 10 Europa League matches this season but, against Benfica, they were unable to set a club record of five successive clean sheets in Europe

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has bemoaned the strain the Europa League had put on his squad as they continue to hover above the Premier League relegation places.

The 51-year-old resisted the temptation to field a weakened side, however, and was even able to select Netherlands international goalkeeper Tim Krul after a seven-match absence with an ankle injury.

They faced strong opponents in the Portuguese league leaders, who had already gone past the 100-goal mark in all competitions this season, and only been beaten at home by Spanish heavyweights Barcelona in the Champions League.

But the visitors started the brighter in a rain-soaked Lisbon and went ahead when Cisse poked in at the back post for his 11th goal of the season after Sissoko burst free down the right flank and put in a perfect low cross.

Pardew's side threatened repeatedly on the counter-attack as they looked to take advantage of the high defensive line favoured by the hosts.

They went close to a second when Cisse's shot was deflected on to the post at full stretch by centre-back Ezequiel Garay, after the Senegal international was found by Jonas Gutierrez.

Stung into action, Benfica increased the tempo and equalised when the rusty Krul pushed Cardozo's 20-yard shot into the path of former Bolton loanee Rodrigo, who reacted quickest to side-foot into an open net.

The goal ended Newcastle's hopes of a club-record fifth consecutive clean sheet in Europe.

If the Magpies were slightly lucky to go in level at half-time, they threatened after the break as Cisse burst into space and confidently chipped past goalkeeper Artur, only to find the post again.

Portuguese pain

The last time Newcastle made the quarter-finals of a European competition they fell to Portuguese opposition as Sporting Lisbon claimed a 4-2 aggregate victory in 2005

Benfica then turned the game around with two quick-fire goals just after the hour mark as Newcastle imploded.

First, substitute Lima, fresh from a hat-trick in Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Rio Ave,  latched onto a slack back-pass from full-back Santon and scored past Krul from a tight angle.

Newcastle were reeling, and they conceded again as Sissoko ducked away from a header and the ball struck Taylor on the arm.

Benfica's top-scorer Cardozo kept his nerve to place the ball past Krul from a retaken penalty.

Benfica continued to push for a fourth but Newcastle held on to give themselves faint hope in the return leg at St James' Park on 11 April.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Benfica

  • 01 Artur
  • 04 Luisao
  • 24 Garay
  • 25 Melgarejo
  • 15 Ola John
  • 20 Gaitan
  • 21 Matic
  • 34 Almeida
  • 89 Gomes (Perez - 61' Booked )
  • 07 Cardozo (Pereira - 77' )
  • 19 Moreno Booked (Lima - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Paulo Lopes
  • 03 Roderick Miranda
  • 14 Pereira
  • 10 Aimar
  • 35 Perez
  • 11 Lima
  • 23 Urretaviscaya

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 03 Santon
  • 05 Simpson (Gosling - 83' )
  • 13 Yanga-M'Biwa
  • 14 Perch Booked (Anita - 62' )
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 22 Marveaux (Sh Ameobi - 80' Booked )
  • 09 Cisse

Substitutes

  • 21 Elliot
  • 06 Williamson
  • 08 Anita
  • 15 Gosling
  • 25 Obertan
  • 23 Sh Ameobi
  • 49 Campbell
Ref: Gautier
Att: 44,133

Match Stats

Shots

20 7

On target

11 4

Corners

12 0

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:31

Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Lima. Andre Almeida takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:56

Enzo Perez has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

90:00 +2:19

Papiss Cisse is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

90:00 +1:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anderson Luisao on Shola Ameobi. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.

89:26

Rodrigo Lima has a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

88:17

Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Ezequiel Garay. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

86:20

Direct free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

86:20 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Shola Ameobi for unsporting behaviour.

86:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Nicolas Gaitan.

85:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ezequiel Garay by Shola Ameobi. Nicolas Gaitan takes the free kick.

84:10

Davide Santon has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

82:58

Short corner worked by Nicolas Gaitan.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Danny Simpson leaves the field to be replaced by Dan Gosling.

81:40

The ball is crossed by Nicolas Gaitan, clearance made by Davide Santon.

80:47

Nicolas Gaitan takes a shot. Blocked by Davide Santon. Nicolas Gaitan takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Sylvain Marveaux goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on.

79:37

Nicolas Gaitan sends in a cross, Nemanja Matic produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

79:22

Short corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan from the right by-line.

76:15

Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Victorio Maxi Pereira on for Oscar Cardozo.

76:15

Moussa Sissoko is ruled offside.

72:12

Yohan Cabaye has an effort direct from the free kick.

72:12 Booking

Booking Enzo Perez is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

72:07

Foul by Enzo Perez on Yohan Cabaye, free kick awarded.

70:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Oscar Cardozo - Benfica 3 - 1 Newcastle Penalty taken left-footed by Oscar Cardozo and scored. Benfica 3-1 Newcastle.

67:51

Corner from right by-line taken by Ola John. Steven Taylor handles the ball and concedes a .

67:25

Outswinging corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Simpson.

64:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Rodrigo Lima - Benfica 2 - 1 Newcastle Rodrigo Lima gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Benfica 2-1 Newcastle.

62:42

Corner from left by-line taken by Nicolas Gaitan.

62:23

Foul by Vurnon Anita on Enzo Perez, free kick awarded. Enzo Perez takes the free kick.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution James Perch goes off and Vurnon Anita comes on.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Andre Gomes leaves the field to be replaced by Enzo Perez.

60:15 Substitution

Substitution (Benfica) makes a substitution, with Rodrigo Lima coming on for Moreno Rodrigo.

58:49

A cross is delivered by Nicolas Gaitan, Unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Moreno Rodrigo results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.

58:31

Outswinging corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan from the left by-line, clearance made by Steven Taylor.

58:16

Nicolas Gaitan delivers the ball, Sylvain Marveaux gets a block in.

55:54

Moreno Rodrigo crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Oscar Cardozo misses to the left of the target.

55:29

The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, clearance by Ezequiel Garay.

53:03

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ola John from the right by-line.

52:41

Nicolas Gaitan produces a cross, clearance made by Jonas Gutierrez.

52:12

Sylvain Marveaux delivers the ball, Anderson Luisao makes a clearance.

49:44

Effort from just outside the box by Andre Gomes goes over the bar.

48:35

Unfair challenge on Moreno Rodrigo by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anderson Luisao.

47:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Almeida on Jonas Gutierrez. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.

46:17

Papiss Cisse produces a lobbed left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and hits the post.

45:29

Foul by Moussa Sissoko on Andre Almeida, free kick awarded. Nicolas Gaitan takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

44:39

Andre Almeida takes a shot. Blocked by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

43:24

Danny Simpson challenges Nicolas Gaitan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ezequiel Garay.

41:27

Inswinging corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Andre Almeida goes wide of the left-hand upright.

39:51

The ball is swung over by Nicolas Gaitan, Nemanja Matic takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

39:39

Nicolas Gaitan decides to take a short corner.

38:43

Long range effort from Moreno Rodrigo misses to the left of the target.

37:17

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicolas Gaitan, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.

36:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Almeida by Davide Santon. Free kick taken by Andre Almeida.

35:51

Handball by Papiss Cisse. Ezequiel Garay takes the free kick.

35:27

The ball is crossed by Nicolas Gaitan, Moreno Rodrigo takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a fantastic save.

33:11

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicolas Gaitan.

32:55

A cross is delivered by Ola John, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.

31:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa by Moreno Rodrigo. Tim Krul takes the free kick.

28:48

Sylvain Marveaux has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

27:34

Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.

27:34 Booking

Booking Booking for Moreno Rodrigo for unsporting behaviour.

27:26

Unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Moreno Rodrigo results in a free kick.

26:30

Andre Gomes takes a shot. Fantastic save by Tim Krul. Ola John takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a fantastic save.

24:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Moreno Rodrigo - Benfica 1 - 1 Newcastle Moreno Rodrigo fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Benfica 1-1 Newcastle.

24:23

Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

23:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Andre Almeida. Davide Santon takes the direct free kick.

22:27

Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

19:03

Free kick taken by Ola John.

19:03 Booking

Booking Booking for James Perch for unsporting behaviour.

18:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan by James Perch.

18:24

Nicolas Gaitan crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Taylor.

17:36

Unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Andre Gomes takes the free kick.

16:53

A cross is delivered by Andre Almeida, Header from close in by Nicolas Gaitan misses to the right of the goal.

15:59

The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

13:36

Sylvain Marveaux sends in a cross, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

11:43

Assist on the goal came from Moussa Sissoko.

11:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Papiss Cisse - Benfica 0 - 1 Newcastle Papiss Cisse gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Benfica 0-1 Newcastle.

10:25

The referee blows for offside against Papiss Cisse. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

9:22

Nicolas Gaitan takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.

7:37

Andre Gomes produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

5:12

Outswinging corner taken by Ola John, clearance by Moussa Sissoko.

1:31

Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the direct free kick.

1:10

Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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