SuperSport United of South Africa scored late to force a 1-1 CAF Confederation Cup draw with Tunisia’s Club Africain in their semi-final, first leg, in Pretoria Sunday.
An 11-match unbeaten run by United in the second-tier African club competition appeared in jeopardy after they wasted chances and trailed to a Saber Khalifa goal off a penalty.
But a deliberate handball led to a SuperSport penalty with three minutes left and although substitute Thabo Mnyamane had his kick saved by Atef Dekhili, he slotted the rebound into the net.
Khalifa sent goalkeeper Ronwen Williams the wrong way with his penalty after 21 minutes at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium.
The spot-kick was awarded after an attempted clearance by SuperSport captain Dean Furman struck team-mate Morgan Gould on the chest and then the arm.
SuperSport had sufficient chances to have built a lead ahead of the return match in Tunisia on a date to be decided during the weekend of October 20-22.
The miss of the match came after only three minutes when unmarked Bradley Grobler sidefooted over the bar from just a couple of metres.
Confederation Cup leading scorer Jeremy Brockie, a New Zealander who has netted nine times, gave another disappointing display and was replaced during the second half.
Title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo edged 2010 winners FUS Rabat of Morocco 1-0 in Lubumbashi through an early Ben Malango goal.
Malango notched his sixth CAF goal this season after only 14 minutes to inflict a fifth consecutive away defeat on the Rabat outfit in Africa.