Melbourne City seemed on track for another AFC Champions League win before a costly error from goalkeeper Tom Glover.
A late mistake from Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover has cost the A-League champions a third successive AFC Champions League win in Thailand.
Leading South Korean side Jeonnam Dragons 1-0 after an 89th-minute goal from Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren, City was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw after a Glover blunder in stoppage time.
The City custodian charged off his line in an attempt to deal with a long ball in a crowded penalty area.
All Glover could manage was a flimsy punch that was pounced on by Jeonnam substitute Nika Kacharava, who expertly lobbed the ball over the stranded keeper and a host of other players to equalise.
“Those (results) are difficult to take at times,” City coach Patrick Kisnorbo said.
“The only thing we can do is have a watch, learn from it, and try and correct it if we’re ever put in that situation again.
“It’s one of those things. It’s part of the game. It’s football. We need to move on.”
The draw leaves City two points behind Group G leaders, Thai club BG Pathum United.
The teams meet on Wednesday night in a crucial battle for group supremacy.
Only the winners of the 10 groups are guaranteed qualification to the competition’s round of 16.
They will be joined in the knockout stages by the six best second-placed teams – three each from the east and west regions.
“It hurts now, but … we’ve got to pick ourselves up and start to work again,” Kisnorbo said.
“Every challenge (the players) have faced, in my eyes, they’ve always come up with their heads held high and positive, which I’m very happy with.”