Stade Malien were held to a 2-2 draw by TP Mazembe in Bamako on Saturday, in the first leg of their CAF Champions League round of 16 clash.
The locals came back from a two-goal deficit to avoid defeat in front of their home crowd and keep alive a slim chance of making it to the group stage.
Former Stade Malien striker Cheibane Traoré put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute to send his side into the break with a narrow lead, thanks to an assist from Zambia international Rainford Kalaba.
The latter was again on the map in the 51st minute, when his cross found Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Adjei to double Mazembe’s advantage.
However, Stade Malien’s striker Ismaël Koné pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, before levelling the matters two minutes later.
And the locals would have even grabbed the full points in the final minutes without a great Aimé Bakula between the posts for Patrice Carteron’s men.
The two sides will meet next in Lubumbashi in a fortnight, with Mazembe favourites to advance to the group stage of Africa’s foremost clubs competition thanks to their two away goals.