An 89th minute opener appeared to have handed Palmeiras the points in Copa Libertadores Group H but second half substitute Carlos Tevez salvaged a valuable point for Boca Juniors to remain on course to qualify for the knockout phase.
The meeting of two of South America’s biggest clubs promised far more than it delivered and it wasn’t until the closing stages where the match created any real excitement.
Both sides coming off disappointing results at the weekend knew that victory would take a firm grip on the group but the only real talking points from the opening 89 minutes were the number of fouls committed.
Needless to say Palmeiras midfielder Felipe Melo was at the centre of that debate and the 34-year-old was perhaps fortunate not to see red after quarter of an hour for a knee-high challenge on Edwin Cardona.
Lucas Lima had sidefooted the clearest chance wide of the post in a first half that Palmeiras had shaded without creating a great deal and the balance of play remained the same after break.
Bruno Henrique blazed over when Wilmar Barrios gifted a chance but Boca goalkeeper Agustin Rossi was rarely called upon.
Boca hadn’t posed much of a threat themselves with Cristian Pavón the obvious threat but well shackled for much of the evening and Palmeiras’ game plan looked to have worked when Keno finally broke the deadlock.
Leanardo Jara clumsily gave away the ball some 30 yards out and Alejandro Guerra immediately delivered an outside of the boot pass in behind Boca’s centre-backs for Keno to slot past Rossi.
Palmeiras just needed to see out stoppage time to take a commanding lead in the group but Antonio Carlos’ costly mistake allowed Pavón to get to the by-line and his cutback was poked in by Carlos Tevez.
Alianza Lima host Junior next week hoping to close that gap before Boca face Palmeiras in La Bombonera in two weeks with top spot back on the line once more.