Madrid had been trailing German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 until the 87th minute before the visitors mounted a late surge to avoid humiliation and a fourth consecutive defeat in the competition.
Talismanic striker Karim Benzema dragged one back for his side with an acrobatic finish before Brazilian Casemiro fired into the roof of the net in stoppage time to tie the scores 2-2.
The two late goals canceled out Marcus Thuram’s double for Monchengladbach, which will be devastated not to earn a famous victory against its powerhouse opponents.
“We didn’t think it was going to be a drama. The team has shown reaction,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the match.
“It is an important point. We know that by playing like this we will get things done, the players have fought to the end. It’s going to be a difficult year for all of us, but today we have to be proud.”