Papiss Cisse repeated his injury-time heroics to head Newcastle into the Europa League quarter-finals as 10-man Anzhi Makhachkala finally succumbed.
The Senegal international, who fired the Magpies to a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Stoke on Sunday with a 92nd-minute strike, had to wait two minutes longer to power home Sylvain Marveaux’s inviting cross with the final touch of an intriguing contest.
Anzhi, who had midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez sent off in the second-half, came close with two minutes of normal time remaining when Mbark Boussoufa’s free-kick came back off Rob Elliot’s crossbar.
But on a night of high drama on Tyneside, Alan Pardew’s men booked their place in today’s draw for the last eight in Nyon in front of a crowd of 45,487 raucous home supporters.
Pardew was bullish as he approached the game, but was also swift to point out that while his side’s 0-0 draw in Russia had been a good result, Anzhi still posed a major threat.
He was to be proved correct as Guus Hiddink’s men, despite the absence of injured Brazilian Willian, set about their task with some relish.
The visitors ran out at St James’ Park knowing a score-draw would send them through and from the off, they were positive as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa struggled to get to grips with former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.
The momentum was largely with Anzhi and had it not been for Magpies defender Steven Taylor, they could have taken the lead on several occasions.
The match turned in the Magpies’ direction three minutes later when Carcela-Gonzalez, booked earlier for a foul on Cheick Tiote, caught Massadio Haidara and received a second yellow card.
Despite dominating the game from then, the Magpies got lucky when Boussoufa rattled the crossbar with a free-kick from 22 yards with Elliot beaten, before they won the tie with the last touch of the game when Cisse powered Marveaux’s cross past Gabulov.
NEWCASTLE: Elliot, Santon, Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabaye (Gutierrez 37), Anita (Campbell 71), Marveaux, Cisse.
ANZHI MAKHACHKALA: Gabulov, Yeschenko, Ewerton, Joao Carlos, Zhirkov, Jucilei, Ahmedov, Diarra (Shatov 74), Boussoufa, Eto’o, Carcela-Gonzalez.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany).