Europa League: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew delighted to be drawn against Benfica

Alan Pardew: Delighted at European draw

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Alan Pardew was delighted as Newcastle were drawn to face Benfica in the quarter-finals of this season's Europa League.

Pardew's men will play away from home first in Lisbon against the Portuguse giants over two legs next month.

United's manager will be hoping for a positive result on Thursday, April 4, before returning to Tyneside for the second leg on Thursday, April 11.

Newcastle saw off Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 in front of a partisan home support of 45,000 to reach the last eight and Pardew is hoping the fans will give his side an edge once again.

"It's a great draw for us," the manager told the club website after watching the draw unfold in the canteen of the Magpies' Benton-based training centre.

"The Estadio da Luz is a great venue. I've been there and it's a fantastic stadium. Importantly, we are at home in the second-leg and that will give us an advantage.

"I'm sure we will have a full house for that. After what the stadium was like (Thursday) night, I know it will be another brilliant atmosphere, and let's hope we can bring a result back from Benfica in the first leg."