Sylvain Marveaux's first goal for Newcastle earned the Magpies a draw against Maritimo to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
The French winger struck in the 23rd minute by collecting Hatem Ben Arfa's pass and slotting the ball through goalkeeper Romain Salin's legs.
But the Portuguese side snatched an equaliser when substitute Fidelis fired an angled drive past Tim Krul.
Injuries to Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse soured Newcastle's evening.
Ben Arfa damaged his hamstring and is likely to miss Sunday's game at Southampton, while Cisse suffered a kick to his thigh but could feature at St Mary's.
Their injuries will only increase the headache manager Alan Pardew is having to deal with as he tries to marshal a team that is winless in five games in all competitions and struggling to cope with a mounting injury list.
Newcastle's injured players
- Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring)
- Papiss Cisse (thigh)
- Ryan Taylor (knee)
- Dan Gosling (knee)
- Yohan Cabaye (groin)
- Haris Vuckic (knee)
- Shola Ameobi (groin)
- Jonas Gutierrez (knee)
- James Perch (thigh)
- Adam Campbell (neck)
Pardew came into the game with almost a full team missing through injury and suspension.
Influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye
has had surgery on his damaged groin
whilst defender Ryan Taylor and midfielders Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic are already out with long-term injuries.
Even with a depleted line-up Newcastle were expected to beat a Portuguese side yet to take a point or score a goal away from home in the competition.
In front of a crowd of just 21,632, left-back Davide Santon forced keeper Salin to make a hurried save but the Magpies looked laboured until Marveaux injected some excitement into the match.
Ben Arfa found the winger on the edge of the box and he burst forward before rolling the ball through Salin's legs.
Frenchman Ben Arfa had been the orchestrator of Newcastle's few bright spots but he was forced to limp off in the 40th minute with Demba Ba replacing him.
Cisse was then withdrawn from the fray in the 50th minute and the pair's absence had a negative effect on Newcastle and encouraged their rivals.
Tim Krul was tested by a fierce 53rd minute effort from Danilo Dias that he pushed over the bar before Sami later headed wide.
The keeper was in action again to glove a Ruben Ferreira volley to safety as the visitors tried to find the victory they needed to keep their own qualification hopes alive.
The pressure paid off when sub Fidelis scored an equaliser with 11 minutes left.
Skipping past Steven Taylor, he drilled a low shot underneath Krul to become the first away player to score at St James' Park in the Europa League this season.
The Brazilian striker nearly struck an injury-time winner with a far-post volley which bounced wide, to the relief of Krul.
The draw means Newcastle are still unbeaten in Europe this season. They play Bordeaux in their final group game with the winner certain to top the group.
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Thursday, 22 November 2012
- Newcastle 55%
- Maritimo 45%
- Final Result
- Full Time
- 90:00+2:54 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
- 90:00+2:22 Philipe Fidelis produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
- 89:41 Shot from just outside the box by Leocisio Sami misses to the left of the target.
- 88:54 Shot by Leocisio Sami from outside the box goes over the target.
- 86:10 Mehdi Abeid concedes a free kick for a foul on Leandro Danilo Dias. Rafael Ruben Ferreira takes the direct free kick.
- 83:45 Gael Bigirimana fouled by Leandro Danilo Dias, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Marveaux.
- 83:02 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sylvain Marveaux, Philipe Fidelis manages to make a clearance.
- 82:10 Philipe Fidelis is caught offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
- 81:41 Effort from 25 yards by Davide Santon. Save made by Romain Salin.
- 80:58 Unfair challenge on Gael Bigirimana by Valentin Roberge results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Marveaux.
- 80:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Philipe Fidelis on Fabricio Coloccini. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
- 78:26 GOAL - Philipe Fidelis:Newcastle 1 - 1 Maritimo Philipe Fidelis grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Maritimo.
- 75:41 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Mehdi Abeid coming on for Sammy Ameobi.
- 72:58 Substitution Luis Ruben Brigido comes on in place of Martins David Simao.
- 72:23 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martins David Simao.
- 72:05 Shot by Rafael Ruben Ferreira. Save by Tim Krul.
- 71:49 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leandro Danilo Dias.
- 71:24 Danny Simpson challenges Leocisio Sami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leocisio Sami takes the direct free kick.
- 69:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conceicao Rafael Miranda by Demba Ba. Conceicao Rafael Miranda takes the free
- 68:25 Close range shot by Sammy Ameobi misses to the left of the goal.
- 67:45 Ramires Joao Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Ameobi. Sylvain Marveaux restarts play with the free kick.
- 65:30 Philipe Fidelis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
- 61:34 Leandro Danilo Dias has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
- 59:43 Nascimento Marcio Rosario concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Direct free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
- 58:25 Substitution Philipe Fidelis comes on in place of Granemann Adilson.
- 58:09 Header from close range by Leocisio Sami misses to the right of the goal.
- 55:44 Leocisio Sami concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Simpson. Steven Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
- 54:02 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sylvain Marveaux.
- 53:04 Leandro Danilo Dias takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Short corner worked by Ramires Joao Luiz.
- 51:32 Sammy Ameobi takes a shot. Romain Salin makes a save.
- 49:46 Leandro Danilo Dias takes the direct free kick.
- 49:46 Substitution Romain Amalfitano is brought on as a substitute for Papiss Cisse.
- 49:46 Davide Santon challenges Leandro Danilo Dias unfairly and gives away a free kick.
- 48:53 Leandro Danilo Dias takes a shot.
- 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
- Half Time
- 45:00+1:02 The players leave the pitch at half time.
- 45:00+0:18 Unfair challenge on Sammy Ameobi by Rafael Ruben Ferreira results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
- 43:38 Leandro Danilo Dias is caught offside. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
- 42:11 Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leandro Danilo Dias. Valentin Roberge takes the free kick.
- 41:30 Martins David Simao has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
- 40:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Bigirimana on Freitas Joao Diogo. Valentin Roberge takes the direct free kick.
- 40:18 Ramires Joao Luiz challenges Sammy Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vurnon Anita restarts play with the free kick.
- 39:48 Substitution Demba Ba replaces Hatem Ben Arfa.
- 38:10 Foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Martins David Simao, free kick awarded. Conceicao Rafael Miranda takes the direct free kick.
- 36:12 Gael Bigirimana takes a shot. Save by Romain Salin. The referee blows for offside. Romain Salin takes the indirect free kick.
- 35:02 Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.
- 34:27 Leandro Danilo Dias concedes a free kick for a foul on Davide Santon. Davide Santon restarts play with the free kick.
- 30:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires Joao Luiz on Hatem Ben Arfa. Free kick taken by Gael Bigirimana.
- 30:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Ramires Joao Luiz. Direct free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.
- 28:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vurnon Anita on Martins David Simao. Martins David Simao takes the direct free kick.
- 26:38 Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by Ramires Joao Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
- 24:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vurnon Anita on Martins David Simao. Martins David Simao restarts play with the free kick.
- 22:08 Hatem Ben Arfa provided the assist for the goal.
- 22:08 GOAL - Sylvain Marveaux:Newcastle 1 - 0 Maritimo Sylvain Marveaux finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle
- 19:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Valentin Roberge on Papiss Cisse. Direct free kick taken by Davide Santon.
- 12:52 Unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Leandro Danilo Dias results in a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
- 10:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires Joao Luiz on Sylvain Marveaux. Direct free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.
- 7:43 Rafael Ruben Ferreira takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
- 6:39 Papiss Cisse is caught offside. Free kick taken by Romain Salin.
- 6:03 The referee blows for offside. Romain Salin takes the free kick.
- 5:02 Corner taken right-footed by Leandro Danilo Dias, clearance by Gael Bigirimana.
- 4:41 Shot from 20 yards by Leocisio Sami. Blocked by Sammy Ameobi.
- 3:53 The offside flag is raised against Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by Romain Salin.
- 2:40 Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.
- 2:18 Shot by Davide Santon. Save made by Romain Salin.
- 0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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