Jonathan Osorio scored in the 89th minute as MLS champion Toronto came from behind to draw first blood in their absorbing CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie against Liga MX champion Tigres UANL.
Osorio produced a moment of brilliance thanks to a sensational back-heel with a minute of regulation time remaining to lift Toronto to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Mexican visitors on Wednesday.
Former Marseille forward and 36-time France international Andre-Pierre Gignac was named among the substitutes for Tigres at BMO Field but the match changed after his introduction.
Brought on for Enner Valencia at halftime in Toronto, Gignac proved a handful for the home side as Chile star Eduardo Vargas broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute.
Vargas hit a half-volley across Toronto goalkeeper Alexander Bono but Tigres' lead was short-lived – Jozy Altidore out-muscling his opponent and finishing low beyond Nahuel Guzman eight minutes later.
And Toronto completed their comeback during the dying moments when Osorio backheeled in a Sebastian Giovinco pass to spark wild celebrations.
The Seattle Sounders made it two wins from two games for American teams against Mexican opposition on Wednesday after edging Guadalajara 1-0.
The match was petering out for a draw until United States star Clint Dempsey broke the deadlock with 12 minutes left.
Yeah, you're gonna wanna watch this one again. And again, and again.
A moment of pure magic from @OsoJ92 seals the winner for the Reds. #TFCLive | #TORvTIG | #SCCL2018 pic.twitter.com/UKITbHHguM — Toronto FC (@torontofc) March 8, 2018
Sounders veteran Dempsey side-footed a shot past Rodolfo Cota at CenturyLink Field, giving the MLS side a narrow advantage ahead of the quarterfinal second leg.