Last Updated: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:02
Tim Krul is confident that Newcastle can overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Benfica and qualify for the Europa League last four.
The Dutch goalkeeper was left disappointed last Thursday when the Portuguese league leaders hit back from going a goal behind in Lisbon to secure a two-goal cushion ahead of this Thursday's return leg at St James' Park.
And, while the Eagles are well fancied to progress to the semi-finals, Krul believes Alan Pardew's men can win the second leg and go through at their expense.
Newcastle are unbeaten at home since January and will fancy their chances of giving Benfica a run for their money, while Krul insists the players will not be distracted by Sunday's North East derby against Sunderland which is being billed as a relegation six-pointer.
He said: "The fans have sold out the stadium because they see it as a massive opportunity for us and we have to see it as a massive opportunity.
"It's a quarter-final of the Europa League, you can't just see it as a friendly game. The games are coming thick and fast. It's Thursday night first and Sunday's another story.
"It's been a long time without a trophy, we know that. Don't get me wrong. Benfica are a tough team.
"It is a different game because they are a top, top squad. It could be a special occasion on Thursday night."
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