In a World Rugby Championship final between the hosts Bhutan and India in the city of Teer, it was all on the line.
With India taking a commanding lead, Bhutan’s defence was all but sealed when the hosts kicked the ball over to the India backline for the opener.
But a Bhutanian corner kick in the 65th minute set up a rare chance for India, as Bhutan were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box.
The ref blew his whistle and a moment later, the ball dropped to the floor, with the ball-carrier appearing to be in the process of being kicked by India’s defence.
India, who were playing their second match in a week, were left to fend for themselves as the referee awarded a second yellow card to Bhutan, and India would not get the opportunity to take the lead again until the 74th minute when the Indian goal came through from the penalty spot.
With the scoreline still tied, the Bhutanese were left scrambling to recover, with India’s keeper being unable to hold on for the win.
Bhutan, which were beaten by Japan in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup, have now lost three of their last four matches, having also failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.