Malian side, AS Real rallied back to hold visiting ASEC Mimosas of Cote d'Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in their Group A encounter on Saturday in Bamako.
Moussa Kone canceled Ndougsa Michel Mvondo's 62 minute opener, six minutes from time to earn the host a deserving point on a wet afternoon at the Modibo Keita Stadium.
AS Real, the only surviving Malian club in the continental club championship survived the scare of the Ivorians to avoid a losing start to their first appearance at the mini-league stage of a major continental club championship.
After a barren first half that saw "the Scorpions" as the Malians are nicknamed miss a handful of scoring opportunities, it was ASEC Mimosas who shot into the lead.
On 62 minutes, Ndougsa broke the deadlock from close range, before Kone drew level from the spot six minutes from time.
Zagbayou Hughes (captain, ASEC)
"We managed to get a point on the road. I think we could have done better. We hope to continue from there.
Siaka Traoré (coach, ASEC)
"This is the first game and it was important for the future. I think the draw is deserved. I' satisfied with this result which allows to plan for the remaining games."
Nouhoum Diané (coach, AS Real)
"I think the draw is logical since we had put in place a coherent organization in both halves after our opponents made changes to their tactics. We have lost two points at home, but it's better than losing all three points at stake."