The north east outfit took on fellow League One promotion challengers in the Wembley showpiece this afternoon.
And after 120 minutes of football, the two sides couldn’t be separated.
A late Jamal Lowe goal in extra-time looked to have sealed the win for Pompey, before Aidan McGeady popped up with just minutes remaining to take the tie to penalties.
Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole was the only player to miss his spot-kick to hand the South Coast outfit the win – but it wasn’t just Portsmouth fans celebrating the result.
“Always next year lads,” one cheery Newcastle supporter tweeted.
“YESSSSSSSSS HAHAHAHAHHAHA SHOW ME SUNDERLAND FANS CRYING NOW,” one commented.
“Hahahahaha Lee Cattermole!” said another.
“Wait, Portsmouth winning? I thought Sunderland had already won because they all stood around in Trafalgar Square last night??” a fourth added.
“Not one to rub it in people’s faces… but I’ve seen a lot of tweets about Lee Cattermole scoring the winner this week and can’t help but chuckle that it was his penalty that was saved and lost it for Sunderland,” another wrote.
“That was worth two relegations, I’d say,” wrote one.
Sunderland now turn their attention back to the battle for promotion.
Jack Ross’ side currently sit fourth in the League One table, one place and point behind their opponents at Wembley today.
The Black Cats have two games in hand over their rivals and sit six points behind Barnsley, who occupy the second automatic promotion spot.
Newcastle travel to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow evening in the final Premier League clash of the weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s side are on the cusp of securing their Premier League status for another season and will be buoyed by the fact Cardiff failed to secure an upset against Chelsea earlier this afternoon.
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