The home side took the lead after just 14 minutes when Ivan Trickovski outfoxed Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini before Jesper Jorgensen added a second for Brugge.
But Alan Pardew’s side responded in an entertaining first half, with Vurnon Anita scoring a stunning volley and Shola Ameobi finishing from close-range to restore parity at half-time.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul made a string of vital second-half saves to deny Carlos Bacca, Mohamed Tchite and Vadis Odjidja and secure a valuable point to keep the Magpies at the top of Group D.
“It was a really important point,” Krul told Newcastle’s website.
“It keeps Brugge away from us in the table and I even thought maybe we could have snuck all three points.
“We had a few big chances and they did too, so it must have been a great game to watch for the neutral.
“It was an incredible comeback which put us on the front foot going into the second half, and that’s why I thought we could have got a winner.
“We had chances and it is a difficult one to assess because we could have won it but also we could have lost. In the end we had to be happy with a point.”
He added: “I needed to make those saves [in the second half] because to concede two easy goals like that wasn’t nice.”
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