Randall Brenes scored five minutes into added time to rescue a draw for Costa Rica in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A clash with El Salvador in North Carolina on Thursday.
The teams came into the match on the back of polar opposite results - Costa Rica despatching Cuba 5-0 and El Salvador hammered by the same margin by Mexico.
But that meant little when Rodolfo Zelaya put El Salvador in front on the stroke of half-time with a fine free-kick.
Brenes entered the fray in the 80th minute and there were only seconds left from six extra minutes when he fired low past Miguel Montes.
The Ticos improved to four points, while El Salvador have one point and need to beat Cuba in its final group game to have a realistic chance of advancing.