The last Newcastle United team to play in Benfica. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)The last Newcastle United team to play in Benfica. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
The last Newcastle United team to play in Benfica. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Where are they now? The last Newcastle United team to face Benfica ahead of pre-season meeting

Newcastle United will travel to Benfica in pre-season to compete for the Eusebio Cup - the club’s first trip to Lisbon since April 2013.

The invitational fixture, which has seen the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Ajax take part in previous years, is scheduled to happen on Tuesday, July 26 (kick-off 8pm local time).

United’s only competitive meetings with the Portuguese outfit came at the quarter-final stage of the Europa League in the 2012/13 season, in which Alan Pardew’s side lost 4-2 on aggregate over two legs.

The first leg took place at the Estadio da Luz. Papiss Cisse handed the Magpies the lead after 12 minutes but lost 3-1 after goals from Rodrigo, Lima and Oscar Cardozo.

At St James’ Park, Cisse’s strike on 71 minutes threatened a comeback from Newcastle, however a late goal from Eduardo Salvio ended all hope in stoppage time.

Ahead of Eddie Howe’s side’s visit to Portugal, NewcastleWorld takes a look at the last Newcastle United side to play at the Estadio da Luz - and what each player is up to now:

The first leg took place at the Estadio da Luz. Papiss Cisse handed the Magpies the lead after 12 minutes but lost 3-1 after goals from Rodrigo, Lima and Oscar Cardozo.

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