Sierra Leone scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations in Douala on Sunday evening.
The Elephants had been coasting but an astonishing mistake from Badra Sangare allowed Alhadji Kamara to tap in.
The Ivorians should have already been in front in the 12th minute after Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the box by Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura’s clumsy challenge.
But keeper Mohamed Nbalie Kamara, who was man of the match in the Leone Stars’ opening game against Algeria, produced another great save to deny AC Milan’s Franck Kessie’s from the spot.
The Elephants did take lead in the 25th minute when Wilfried Zaha’s outstanding pass found Sebastien Haller as the defence back-pedalled and the Ajax man ran on and fired home for his first goal at a Nations Cup finals.
Sierra Leone were never outclassed and got the reward they deserved early in the second half thanks to a magnificent left-footed strike from Musa Noah Kamara which brought them level with 55 minutes on the clock.
The equaliser provided the sting that Ivory Coast needed to up their game and 10 minutes later they were in front again.
Haller unselfishly laid the ball off to Ibrahim Sangare, who in turn fed Nicolas Pepe, and the Arsenal man curled into the bottom corner.
The Elephants wasted several clear-cut chances to wrap up the points, with substitute Hamad Traore particularly wasteful, and Nbalie Kamara pulled off off a couple more outstanding saves before Musa Noah Kamara scored equasile in injury time.