Twice Manchester City took the lead but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against FC Copenhagen in their last-32 Uefa Cup first-leg tie. City took the lead through Nedum Onuoha before Ailton Almeida restored parity for the Danish side.
Stephen Ireland put City ahead again in the second half only for substitute Martin Vingaard to head an injury time equaliser.
Mark Hughes' side at least have the consolation of two away goals for the second leg next week at Eastlands.
City boss Hughes tried to remain positive.
"We've let them in at the death. We did more than enough to win," said Hughes. "On anther night we would have scored more but we are still in box seat.
"We could have finished the tie here. It's disappointing to lose a goal at the end but it was a good performance.
"We were delighted when we were 2-1 up and very comfortable," added Hughes.
"The only threat they had was at set plays and, at the end, we let them in."
"The front three were excellent," said Hughes. "They were willing to run hard and put players under pressure."