Spartak Subotica 1-1 Coleraine
Coleraine agonisingly missed out on a memorable away victory in their Europa League qualifier against Spartak Subotica in Serbia.
The Bannsiders looked to be heading towards a famous win but had to settle for a draw as the hosts equalised through a 96th minute penalty.
Darren McCauley had given Coleraine the lead in the first half from close range.
The sides meet again on 19 July for the return leg at the Showgrounds.
Having never progressed beyond the first round of a European qualifier Coleraine, with an away goal in the bag, will believe they have a real opportunity to do so next Thursday.
The visitors grew into the contest having withstood an early onslaught from the hosts.
Winger Mile Savkovic enjoyed plenty of space in the opening stages and was twice denied by Chris Johns in quick succession.
There was more frustration to come for Savkovic as he passed-up his side's best opportunity of the half, heading wide after Stefan Milosevic's pinpoint cross found him unmarked.
Coleraine, who were without manager Oran Kearney and assistant William Murphy for the trip to Novi Sad, were content to try and hit their opponents on the counter.
The Irish Cup holders took an unlikely lead through McCauley after goalkeeper Nikola Peric failed to hold Aaron Burns' effort.
Johns picks up where he left off
Northern Ireland Under-21 goalkeeper Johns was one of Coleraine's most consistent performers during a remarkable 2017/18 campaign which saw them lose just one league match all season.
With Spartak, and particularly Savkovic, looking dangerous in the final third Johns was a picture of composure as the game wore on.
He was once again on hand to acrobatically deny the Serbian winger as Coleraine set up shop in their own half.
They did continue to pose a threat on the counter and the introduction of Jamie McGonigle added an extra injection of pace to their forays into opposition territory.
The striker nearly put the game out of sight with 10 minutes remaining but his effort was saved by Peric.
With the game into a sixth minute of added time Ian Parkhill was adjudged to have brought down Nemanja Glavcic in the box.
Savkovic stepped up and levelled the tie with virtually the last kick of the game.
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