Garhwal FC looked set to sign off its 2020 I-League Qualifiers campaign with a win but ended up having to share points with ARA FC despite the team from Gujarat missing a first-half penalty.
Defender Neeraj Bhandari gave his team an early lead but a late spot-kick from Surajit Seal saw both teams walk off the field at the Kalyani Stadium with honours even on Friday.
ARA was struggling to cope with the early pressure and soon found itself behind, courtesy a set-piece. Muhammed Shafeer won the foul in the opposition half after being hacked down by Cedric Fernandes just as Garhwal was upping the tempo in the 17th minute.
Captain Bala Alhassan sent in a beautifully floated ball into the area and defender Bhandari timed his run to perfection before connecting with a powerful diving header from close range to open the scoring.