Papiss Cisse once again stole the show as his last gasp header – from another Sylvo Marveux assist – sent Newcastle United into the quarter finals of the Europa Cup. Cisse proceeded to show a lot of emotion as he did a Ketsbaia and gave the advertising boards a good kicking as the St James’ Park faithful began to believe that maybe…just maybe….the wait for a major honour could be over.
Hopefully the title of this article will also get it on Sunderland’s newsnow who only have the prospect of survival this season rather than getting into Yewrup. Benfica’s stadium is called Stadio de la Luz for those that don’t know, which literally translates as The Stadium of Light. Unlike the one in England, fans go to watch their local team there in their numbers.
That wait has been since 1969 when we won the Fairs Cup, so it would be fitting that we end that drought with the latest version of that trophy. There are no easy games in the last 8 of this competition, with every team left in having beat strong opposition to get here and teams like Chelsea – the current European champions – are still in the competition.
I believe that it doesn’t matter who is left in though and who we draw, as Newcastle in Europe and ties like this at St James’ are a completely different prospect to domestic games. There is something a bit more magical when the Toon rock into Europe and we can give anyone a game, the bigger the team the better we usually perform too!
There is an absence of a match report I see, no doubt as our blogmaster is earning the pennies and I can’t help you on that one as I was in the pub and only remember 15 seconds of the game, despite having watched it all. No doubt we have all discussed it, praised Cisse and are now looking to Wigan at the weekend.
Couple of subject I am interested t hear from you all on though. The draw against Benfica and Cisse.
Cisse is usually all smiles after a goal, that’s his personality to a tee so why the mega aggressive celebration? Seemed very out of character and although I personally don’t try to read too much into it I am interested t hear what you all think. Also, is he back to goalscoring ways? Was it all about the service and now we have someone on the wing who can cross a ball he is back?
Talking about crossing a ball, Jonas had a great game in centre midfield on Thursday where this is not really needed from him!
Are we happy with Benfica? Good side and they are top of their league but only marginally. This could be an advantage as they may focus on winning that more than the Europa?
My final thought is that Rio Ferdinand getting into the England squad over Steven Taylor is a disgrace. Not to fussed though as prefer him fit for us but real shame on the lad who has been easily in the top 3 defenders in England the past month, if not the best.
What are your thoughts…?