NUFC goal ace Papiss Cisse has warning for Benfica

GOAL TARGET ... Papiss Demba Cisse.
GOAL TARGET ... Papiss Demba Cisse.

PAPISS Demba Cisse has warned Benfica that he’s got more Europa League goals in his locker.

Newcastle United take on the Portuguese side at St James’s Park tomorrow night in the second leg of the club’s quarter-final.

Alan Pardew’s side must overturn Benfica’s 3-1 lead in the tie.

But Cisse – who scored United’s goal at the Estadio da Luz and netted a dramatic injury-time winner against Fulham on Sunday – is bullish about Newcastle’s chances of progressing to the competition’s semi-finals.

“We’re confident – the game is not over,” Cisse told SportMail.

“We can score two goals and go through. Maybe I can score, and so can Moussa (Sissoko) and (Yoan) Gouffran. Or Sylvain Marveaux!”

While frustrated at Benfica’s second and third goals – both gifted to Jorge Jesus’s side – United still drew confidence from their performance at the Estadio da Luz.

Newcastle will be backed by a sell-out crowd at St James’s Park.

And it will be the biggest European attendance at the stadium since Olympique Marseille visited for a UEFA Cup semi-final in April 2004 during Sir Bobby Robson’s tenure.

“Benfica are a very, very good team,” added 27-year-old Cisse, whose goal tally for the season now stands at 12

“They’re a strong team, and they play very good football. But I think we can be the better team on Thursday.”

The Benfica game is followed by Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, but Cisse and his team-mates have had to put that fixture to the back of their minds, such is the importance on focusing on the immediate task in front of them.

“The Sunderland game is very important, but we must only think about the Benfica game,” said Cisse.

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