Papiss Cisse’s goal in the final seconds of normal time sent Newcastle into the quarter-finals of the Europa League as they beat Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 on aggregate.
A 0-0 draw in Russia had left the game evenly poised for the second leg at St James’ Park, although the hosts were always wary of their opponents snatching an away goal.
Samuel Eto'o nearly put the visitors ahead but his strike went just wide of the upright, while Lassana Diarra’s header was blocked by Steven Taylor.
Moments after seeing a long range effort saved by Vladimir Gabulov, Yohan Cabaye was forced off the field through injury, and Alan Pardew will be hoping it has no lasting consequences.
Without their creator-in-chief the Toon struggled to fashion any clear cut chances, but their cause was aided when Anzhi star Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez's clumsy challenge on Massadio Haidara after 55 minutes earned the Moroccan a second booking.
Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote hit efforts from distance as they attempted to win the tie, but Makhachkala nearly grabbed the lead when Eto’o had a shot well saved by Rob Elliot and Mark Boussoufa hit the crossbar.
But, with the game about to enter extra time, it was left for Cisse, who hasn’t really found his form this season, to hit the headlines with his header from Sylvain Marveaux’s cross.